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Jewish Family Services

Jeri Horwitz

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jewish Family Services


We continue to offer our services from Merced to Visalia, whether it is giving out $50 food cards to those in need, or providing information obtained from our referrals and resources lists.

On various Fridays, we deliver a challah for Shabbat as a gift to several community members. This next week we will be delivering Hanukkah bags to our JFS clients, to include potato pancakes, applesauce, chocolate gelt, jelly doughnut, and a box of candles.


We hosted a TOOLS FOR LIFE discussion: Fraud and Scams during COVID-19. Anyone who has a phone or a computer is at risk of a scam. We sincerely thank Ken Jonah for leading this discussion and our very special JFS friend who has provided us with this in-depth report. To receive this invaluable Community Outreach Coordinator report, please contact the office at jfsfederation (at)gmail.com or call 559-439-0529. Be prepared, be aware, be suspicious, but don’t be a victim!

Next month, JFS will be introducing our newest program: CARING CALLS. 


Wishing you peace, good health, and happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.


Stay well. Stay safe. Check on others. Promote peace.


Jeri Horwitz, Executive Director
Jewish Family Services. 

Jewish Family Services (JFS) is very committed to our community. Our staff is small, yet our job is big. Our mission is to provide support for the Central Valley (Merced to Visalia) area Jewish community regardless of age, income or synagogue affiliation; and to strengthen Jewish identity, build community, and fortify family life. We are guided by Tikkun Olam, the essential Jewish values of doing good deeds and repairing the world.

Please help us help those in need. Jewish Family Services would not be able to do this without your gifts.

We provide the following services:

Information and referral support for the elderly, young parents and families with special needs
Senior Exercise Class and Discussion Groups
Friendly visitor
Visiting the sick
Food to needy families
Financial Assistance
Volunteer opportunities

All communications are kept confidential so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you could benefit from our services.

Temple Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Jacob and Chabad of Fresno have all been very supportive of JFS, and we have worked together to ensure that our community is well taken care of. 


On behalf of our clients, let me say thank you for your continued support of the JFCC. Your donations have made a difference and will continue to.


If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call us.

JFS Staff:
Jeri Michner Horwitz and Phyllis Farrow
Call us at  (559) 432-0529

(Your information is confidential)

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