Tzedakah is a Hebrew word commonly translated as charity, though it is based on the Hebrew word tzedek, meaning righteousness, fairness or justice. In Judaism, tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to perform charity, and philanthropic acts, which Judaism emphasizes are important parts of living a spiritual life; Maimonides says that while the second highest form of tzedakah is to anonymously give donations to unknown recipients, the highest form is to give a gift, loan, or partnership that will result in the recipient supporting himself instead of living upon others. Unlike philanthropy, which is completely voluntary, tzedakah is seen as a religious obligation, which must be performed regardless of financial standing, and must even be performed by poor people; tzedakah is considered to be one of the three main acts that can annul a less than favorable heavenly decree.
Carole and Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah Program
Inter-generational Family Mitzvah events are scheduled four times a year. These fun family activites occur around Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Hanukkah. This program is a great way to teach young children about the importance of performing mitzvahs.Donate!
Majorie and Robert Kohn Pledge 13 Program
Our Pledge 13 students commit to giving a minimum of 13 hours of community service to JFCS organized events or through other organizations. This voluntary program is perfect for Jewish students preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Doris L. and Theodore B. Meyers Shabbos Friends Program
Volunteers make monthly visits to assisted living and nursing facilities to share a bit of Sabbath delight with the Jewish residents living there. The volunteer brings grape juice and a freshly baked challah for each individual and says the Sabbath blessings as well.
Our Guiding Principles
Our core values are defined by Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place, by:
- Offering services within a climate of caring, trust and respect for human dignity and diversity
- Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the ever-changing circumstances throughout one’s life
- Committing to the highest quality service provided by skilled, compassionate professionals
- Creating innovative programs that reflect the changing needs of the people and communities we serve
- Seeking and valuing collaborative efforts in a spirit of inclusiveness
- Following the ethical and visionary leadership of our Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and compassionate volunteers.