Winter 2019
A Positive Impact
As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with our loved ones, on behalf of our dedicated and hardworking staff, I would like to take a moment to show my gratitude to you, our dedicated volunteers, donors, and community members. Without you, our work would not be possible. The work of changing lives and creating emotionally and physically healthier people. With your support, demonstrated in your own unique ways this year; we have been able to positively impact the lives of nearly 13,000 individuals and families in need.

And when we say “impacted lives”, we mean it. At Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, we define our success not only by how many people we help but in HOW we help them. We don’t just solve the problem at hand, we take whatever time is needed, connect clients to all the resources needed and get to the root of the issue. This is why people we help don’t just get better……they ARE better. Better in school. Better parents. Better members of the community.

All of our combined efforts result in a stronger, healthier community.

And this dream becomes a reality for so many, and it all began with YOU.

From the entire JFS family, Happy Holidays!


Cathy Barker
Chief Executive Officer
Please share this opportunity with friends who might be interested in learning more about what we do here at JFS Dallas. These informal, non-solicitation events are an opportunity for new friends to get introduced to our programs and services. Both sessions will consist of a quick presentation about who we are and what we do, followed by Q&A and a tour. Agency supporters are welcome to join, we just ask that you bring new friends along, too!

Join us on January 15, 2020
8:30am-9:30am or 11:30am-12:30pm
JFS Board Room
5402 Arapaho Road Dallas, TX 75248
Woman to Woman Luncheon 2020
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas will present our 9th Woman to Woman Luncheon on April 24, 2020, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

We are proud to announce that award-winning actress and philanthropist, Julianna Margulies, will join us as our keynote speaker. She will draw from her own experiences, sharing inspirational and empowering stories that celebrate the POWER, INFLUENCE, and IMPACT women have on the world around them.

Julianna Margulies is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, best known for her television work on the hit shows The Good Wife and ER. She has used her influence as an actress to advocate for human rights and worked actively to pass Erin’s Law, empowering victims of child abuse and their families.

Your support makes it possible to deliver our nationally accredited mental health and social services to nearly 13,000 individuals and families in need every year.
ONE Night  is the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas's largest outreach and fundraising event that supports the Jewish community and those in need locally and globally.
Professional Family Violence Conference
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
8:30am - 4:30pm | Registration begins at 7:30 am

Congregation Shearith Israel
9401 Douglas Ave Dallas, TX 75225

Continuing Education credits provided by UNT Health Science Center.

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, and Physicians, and those pursuing degrees in these areas are welcome to join us as the internationally recognized psychotherapist, Dr. Janina Fisher, offers innovative tools for working with clients who have experienced trauma and its lasting effects of self-alienation.
FIND Symposium for Parents, Educators, and Faith Leaders
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Temple Emanu-El
8500 Hillcrest Ave Dallas, TX 75225

Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND) is a collaboration of faith communities coming together to help identify bright spots and create awareness of the special needs community within all faith communities. The FIND Symposium will be an opportunity to share best practices and resources with the goal of providing a sense of belonging for all.

There will be three different tracks with tailored content for Parents, Educators, and Faith Leaders in Dallas.

Tickets to the symposium are $65 and include kosher lunch.
The Priya Jewish Reproduction Fund
This time of year we are reminded of the miracles of Hanukkah. We hope you'll consider supporting* The Priya Fund in bringing the light and miracle of a new baby to Jewish families who are dreaming for a child this coming year.
The Priya Fund provides financial assistance to couples to ease the burden of infertility treatments or adoption costs.  Click here to learn more

Now through a Fund at the JFS Foundation - The Priya Jewish Endowment Fund - ensure there will funds available for generations to come.
*When donating, please write "The Priya Fund" in the additional note section
To raise awareness for The Priya Fund, we have participated in community events including the Judaic Treasures Bazaar at Temple Emanu-El, the JCC’s Hanukkah Hoopla, and the Akiba Yavneh Academies' bake sale. If you have an upcoming event or looking for an interesting speaker reach out to Caryn Peiser at [email protected] .
Program Highlight: PLAN @ 1121 Rock
Last year, our PLAN Clubhouse, known as PLAN @ 1121 Rock, became the first accredited Clubhouse in Dallas!  Since we were relatively new, our Clubhouse International accreditation was a one-year provisional accreditation— meaning that we had several milestones we had to meet before being approved to receive the full three-year accreditation. Accreditation is an extremely rigorous process whereby we need to show evidence that we are abiding by the 37 Clubhouse International Standards. Good news - we recently got word that we were approved through October 2021!

PLAN @ 1121 Rock offers a work-ordered day for those with severe and persistent mental illness, with emphasis on sharing meaningful work and relationships. Members and staff run the clubhouse side by side, lift each other up and help each other to realize our individual dreams. It is not a treatment center. Rather, it is a launch pad to find a better life.
For family members, it is a place where we know our loved ones will find opportunities to engage in community and grow in independence.

Interested in being involved? There are daily PLAN volunteer opportunities under "work-ordered day" Click here to sign up.
High School Summer Internship Opportunities
Do you know a high school student looking for a meaningful summer internship? The application for our Klein Summer Internship program will be available on January 1, 2020. More information to come!
About the Program:
The Klein Summer Internship is a 180-hour, six week long internship over the summer that gives high school students, ages 16 to 18 years old, the opportunity to see what it’s like to work at a nonprofit. Interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and in-person interview. All students are selected based on merit—without regard to religion, race, or ethnicity. Selected students will be assigned to one of ~20 DFW area nonprofits through a mutual selection process. The program will culminate with each intern receiving a certificate reflecting their participation and service to the Dallas community and, upon completion of hours, the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Reminder: JFS Office Closings
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - Close at 3pm - Christmas Eve
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Christmas
  • Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - Close at 3pm - New Year's Eve
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day
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There are multiple locations you can drop off your gently-used items during the above mentioned hours by clicking here.

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