History to Present
Through the Years
Founded in the 1930’s by two community leaders, Cele Cassman and Sara Singer, Jewish Family Service was originally established to help assimilate immigrants resettling in this area and to provide for the poor, the hungry, and the homeless. From a small “storefront” operation, JFS has grown to a full-service social service agency with a staff of 140+ that each year serves more than 8,500 individuals.
A Community Partner
Today, JFS partners with many community organizations as well as state and county agencies. In addition, JFS is a constituent of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a partner agency with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County. Jewish Family Service is a member of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) and the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies (NJAMHA).
An Extended Family
A nonsectarian, nonprofit organization, JFS provides services to individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds. The social workers and volunteers are like an extended family to many of the isolated individuals we serve. Responding to the needs of the community, JFS offers counseling, case management, and an array of other services that help constituents to successfully address a broad range of issues.