Jewish Family Service

JFS Awards Inaugural Barry Stein Student Scholarship

By Kim Kupfer

Brittany Durben started college as an engineering major, but found during her first year that engineering didn’t fit for her.  She kept being misidentified as a teaching or social work student, so she checked into those areas of study, and decided Social Work felt right. 

JFS Helping Families by Adding Another Child Therapist to Staff

By Steven Schauder, JFS Executive Director

All across the country, the following scene plays out. A pediatrician sees a child and the child exhibits signs of depression, social isolation, and anxiety. Like the good doctor she is, she refers the parents to seek mental health counseling. The …

National Volunteer Appreciation Week: JFS Thanks Volunteers!

By Kim Hutnik

The week of April 17 – 22 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. This week, and every day, we thank and appreciate all the wonderful JFS volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of so many in the Harrisburg community.

Our volunteers assist with our Kosher Meals…

How To Help Jews in Ukraine

Originally published on 4/8/22

By Steve Schauder, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service

Like you, I have been captivated by the horrific images emerging from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Families fleeing for their lives with only one bulging suitcase while innocent civilians are ki…

Afghan Refugee Resettlement Update From JFS

By Steve Schauder, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service

At a recent JFS Board meeting, I reminded our Board of Directors that JFS is doing so much more in addition to our Afghan refugee resettlement efforts.

We helped facilitate four adoptions in the prior week, including the adoption…