Jewish Family & Career Services

Helping at Hanukkah for 30 Years

The Hanukkah Helpers program has been an integral part of Jewish Family & Career Services for more than 30 years. Led by the Women of Temple Shalom, Hanukkah Helpers ensures that each year client families of JFCS are given items such as clothing, toys and school supplies at Hanukkah. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, donations of physical items were unable to be accepted. Instead, the Women of Temple Shalom worked tirelessly to raise funds that were used to purchase gift cards. Their efforts resulted in more than $3,600 in gift cards for Jewish families in need. Our sincerest thanks go out to the Women of Temple Shalom and all who participated in Hanukkah Helpers. You have made a difference in a child’s life at Hanukkah this year!

JFCS serves many families who are facing new financial realities as a result of COVID-19. Since April 2020, JFCS has seen double the number of families seeking access to food and essential items in the JFCS Sonny & Janet Meyer Food Pantry and we have distributed 5x the amount of food in recent months than we did in February 2020. As these families grapple with the ability to feed themselves, making this time of year special becomes daunting. By partnering with JFCS, those who support Hanukkah Helpers are making an impactful difference in the lives of JFCS clients.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, JFCS has continued to provide counseling, career support and direct assistance to clients and neighbors who need it most.  With continued support from donors and community partners, JFCS is able to ensure that all in Greater Louisville live with dignity and purpose.