September 2022
JFS Orlando...
A Family of Services
September 22, 2022
Our programs and services are operational, however, the inside of the JFS Orlando building is closed to the public.

Prioritize caring for your mental health! Call (407) 644-7671 or complete our online form to request a telehealth counseling appointment with one of our therapists.

Need food assistance? Call (407) 644-7593 or complete an online request form to make a food pick-up appointment from the Pearlman Food Pantry, M-Th (9am-4pm).

Find stability for you and your family! Our Family Stabilization Program teaches the critical skills needed to achieve long-term stability. Call (407) 644-7593 ext. 250 to apply for the program.

Need some spiritual guidance? Call (407) 644-7593 ext. 233 to connect with Rabbi Arny Siegel for end of life services, burials or memorials, or guidance over the phone.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please don't hesitate to reach out. Our services are available to all in the community in need.

New FSP Application Cycle
Start Date: October 1, 2022
The new application cycle for our Family Stabilization Program (FSP) begins October 1, 2022.

FSP is available to households from Orange County, City of Orlando, and Seminole County, and it is offered at no cost to participants.

To apply, call (407) 644-7593 ext. 250 (City of Orlando or Seminole County) or ext. 236 (Orange County).

Maitland Community Expo
In Case You Missed It!
On Wednesday, September 14th, JFS Orlando hosted a booth at the Maitland Community Expo. We enjoyed meeting attendees, sharing all about our FAMILY of services, and starting to form new valuable partnerships.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table and, of course, to the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event!
During this time of renewal, reflection, and forgiveness, remember “everyone can look inside his or her soul and decide what he or she can do to make a world at peace...” Ruth Gruber z”l

From all of us here at JFS Orlando, may you and your loved ones be inscribed for a sweet 5783.

שנה טובה

Please Note, JFS Orlando will be closed for the holidays on
Rosh Hashanah (Mon 9/26 - Tues 9/27)
Yom Kippur (Wed 10/5)
Sukkot (Mon 10/10 - Tues 10/11)
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah (Mon 10/17 - Tues 10/18)
JFS Orlando Helps Another Ukrainian Refugee Family
JFS Orlando leads collaborative community effort to house Ukrainian refugees in our Central Florida community.
Recently, St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church in Apopka became aware of a Ukrainian refugee family of four, with a toddler and newborn, few belongings, and no place to stay. Father Roman Kuzminskyi reached out to JFS Orlando to help the family in urgent need of assistance.
JFS sprang into action and mobilized the community. Through JFS Orlando’s relationship with Shalom Orlando, the newly merged Roth Family JCC and Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, a generous donor provided a two-bedroom home to live in for as long as the family needs. JFS volunteer Eduard Kotlyar translated between JFS, the refugee family, and the donors.

Then the Congregation of Reform Judaism (CRJ) Social Action team, along with the donors coordinated with JFS to fully furnish the new home and provide everything a young family could need, from clothing to car seats. JFS Orlando will provide the family with diapers and baby formula, and groceries through their Pearlman Food Pantry....

Join us in celebrating the Jewish New Year of 5783 by
supporting our community through Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando. Every dollar donated will be generously matched by the David & Audrey Pearlman Philanthropic Fund, with a total match of up to $20,000.
With your help, our family of services
can bring hope to those in need!
The cost of just...
8 cups of coffee
feeds a family for a week through our Pearlman
Food Pantry
3 yoga classes
provides a vital Counseling session with a JFS therapist
2 theme park tickets
sponsors a family in our
Family Stabilization Program

1 date night
gets a senior roundtrip transportation for a month through our RIDE Program
Turn your $180 gift into $360!
or mail donations to
JFS Orlando, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789
Thank you for “accepting our challenge” to continue providing hope to those in need and building a stronger community together.
New Ways to Give Now Available
ACH, Apple Pay, & Google Pay
Supporting our community together is easier and faster than ever before with new ways to give!

You can now make online donations to JFS Orlando using ACH direct debit and, if set up on your device, Apple Pay and Google Pay. Try our new payment methods and donate today!

Additionally, you can help our community for the long-term by setting up a convenient online recurring donation. Simply visit our monthly giving page to select your giving amount & frequency and you're all set!

Thank you for helping us help our community together!
Lake Weston Elementary School Meet the Teacher Event

Students and families at Lake Weston Elementary School got the chance to learn all about JFS Orlando’s programs and services at their annual Meet the Teacher event on Monday, August 8th.

As families came in to meet their teachers, visit classrooms, and drop off school supplies, they also had the opportunity to check out the JFS resource table at Lake Weston Elementary’s Mustang Café. Sara Martinez, JFS Development & Marketing Associate provided information about JFS Orlando’s family of services including...

Beyond the
Counseling Couch
6 Healthy Steps to Ask For & Give Forgiveness During the High Holidays

By Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW,
JFS Clinical Director

As the High Holidays approach, so does the time of self-betterment, healing, and repentance. Take some time to reflect on the past year during the next several weeks. This introspection might bring about some things that could have been handled in a better way or some things that could have been said differently. As is the practice, now is a good time to ask for forgiveness. Whether you are asking for or giving forgiveness, keep the following tips in mind....

Lynn Minkow’s Bok Choy Salad Recipe
Recipe by Lynn Minkow from "Recipes from The Rock".

Can’t wait to try all the delicious recipes? Purchase your copy by contacting
Grant Funder's Corner: Thank you!
Thank you to the following grant funders for supporting
JFS Orlando in August:
Harper Family Charitable Foundation
RIDE (Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly) Program

Wawa Foundation
Pearlman Food Pantry
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