June 2020
COVID-19 Update
as of June 16, 2020
The JFS Orlando building remains CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19, but our programs and services continue to be OPERATIONAL.

The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry continues to distribute food to those in need by appointment.

Mental health counseling continues virtually via telehealth sessions for new and existing clients.

Family Stabilization Program caseworkers continue to advise and refer necessary resources to individuals and families who are struggling .

•The Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) program continues to arrange rides to medical appointments for seniors and disabled adults.

•The JFS Community Rabbi continues to provide spiritual guidance.

Thank you to all who have supported us during these difficult times. Every donation, no matter the amount, has helped us continue to provide life essential services to our Central Florida community. We are so grateful for your continued generosity!

Save the Date
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Join us for high tea! Audrey’s High Tea  is a multigenerational event, named after the beloved local philanthropist Audrey Pearlman, designed to inspire the Greater Orlando Jewish women community.

The afternoon includes a lovely high tea at the luxurious Alfond Inn at Rollins and a guest speaker who will talk about the opportunities and responsibilities of leadership for women in their family, their neighborhood, their country and the world.

Sponsorship opportunities now available. Individual ticket information coming soon...

New Pantry Signs!
In an effort to better facilitate and provide emergency food assistance, we have created some new parking signage for our food pantry!
We're still accepting 2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship applications!

Due to the new US tax deadline and school closures during COVID-19, the application deadline for the 2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship has been extended to  July 15 th .

The scholarship is available to a qualified, full-time graduating high school student of the Jewish faith from Orange, Osceola or Seminole County who will be attending the University of Central Florida.

The scholarship is available in the amount of $2,500 per year for a maximum of four (4) years. The student must maintain a 3.1 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) each year in order to remain qualified for the scholarship.
The Power of Giving: Chaplaincy
It’s a time in our lives that isn’t easy for anyone, and we all go through at some point. When a loved one or even we ourselves get sick or approach the end of life, an essential part of what we need is a listening presence and a voice of hope and healing. That is exactly what JFS Orlando’s Rabbi Siegel provides.
“…It’s a much needed service you provide to those of us in need. Thank you always for your time and words that mean so very much.”

“My sisters, dad, and I would like to thank you for all of your support during this difficult time. It meant the world to my mom that you were there for her—the service was beautiful! Thank you for all that you do and have done.”

The JFS community Chaplaincy program is a pastoral outreach service that provides end of life services, burial or memorial services, and other visits, such as hospice, hospital or home visits, to the unaffiliated Jewish community. It operates in partnership with the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.
To connect with Rabbi Siegel, call 407-644-7593 ext. 233.
Although there is a hospital lock-out of visiting clergy and social distancing has limited home visits during these difficult times, Rabbi E. Arnold Siegel is available now more than ever to local individuals and families who need a rabbi’s guidance and perspective. “Area hospitals are allowing one or two family members per day, so I am not able to pick up the usual daily list of Jewish patients and visit each one,” he says. “But I am still on call for emergencies or a phone call with patients.” Rabbi Siegel has continued to provide end of life visits, small size burials, and phone counseling.
Help the JFS Chaplaincy program continue its spiritual support of the community by donating today!
Volunteer Spotlight:
The Gift of Time
JFS Orlando Board of Directors

JFS Orlando is there for individuals and families when they run into a crisis and need a helping hand to get back to stability. But who is there when  JFS  runs into an unprecedented emergency, like COVID-19? Answer: the JFS Orlando Board of Directors. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the JFS Board has continued to support and advise the JFS staff. Although it wasn’t in quite the usual manner. ...

Beyond the
Counseling Couch
7 Tips on Your Quest for Justice

By Jessica Mauger , MSW,
JFS Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

The Hebrew term  mishpat , meaning “justice”, occurs more than two hundred times in the Old Testament. Throughout scriptures, its most basic meaning is to treat people equitably; to have the same  mishpat  [rule of law-human right] for the foreigner as the native, regardless of race or social status. Unfortunately, as highlighted for many during recent weeks, we live in a world short on equal rights and justice for all...

Grant Funder's Corner:   Thank you!
Thank you to the following grant funders for supporting
JFS Orlando's programs in May:
•  Central Florida Foundation (J&V Shapiro Family Fund)
General Operating Support

•  Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation (Richard J. Conlee Fund)
General Operating Support

• Rotary Club of Maitland
Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry

• Wawa Foundation
Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry
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