Jewish Family Service Association Offering College Scholarships, Loans and Grants

January 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Navigating the college process can be stressful enough and for most students and their families, the question of “how do I pay for college” only adds to the stress. In 2011, Jewish Family Service Association’s College Financial Aid Program awarded 219 students with almost $1 million dollars in need-based grants, interest-free loans and scholarships. The deadline for grants, loans and scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year is March 14, 2012.


To be eligible for consideration for aid, a family’s total household income should not exceed $100,000 annually. Exceptions to this rule are made in unique circumstances. Funds are distributed each August for the fall term. Both full and part-time Jewish students in undergraduate or graduate studies can apply once a year. For more information, contact Toby Bresky, Manager of College Financial Aid Program at Information is also available in local high school guidance offices. 


JFSA’s Horvitz YouthAbility Recognized With Community Award

January 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jewish Family Service Association is proud to announce its Horvitz YouthAbility program is a recipient of the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award in the Organization category. The award is presented by The Cleveland Orchestra and Greater Cleveland Partnership, in cooperation with the City of Cleveland to an individual, business or organization and youth who have positively impacted the community in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Horvitz YouthAbility program serves disabled and at-risk youth, ages 16-24 by engaging them in volunteerism. Each year, more than 300 YouthAbility participants contribute close to 8,500 hours of community service. Examples of YouthAbility volunteer projects include building a trail in the Cleveland Metroparks, serving lunches to children at the Harvard Community Center and sorting donations for the greater Cleveland homeless population. YouthAbility truly embodies Dr. King’s philosophy of “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” A principal of a school for at-risk youth once said “Through YouthAbility, our kids go from being community outcasts to becoming community heroes.” YouthAbility will receive the award at the 32nd Annual MLK Celebration Concert by The Cleveland Orchestra Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Severance Hall. The awards are presented on the main stage at the beginning of the orchestra concert. All of the proceedings will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9-FM.

Shopping at Legacy? Make JFSA clients part of your holiday gift list

December 6, 2011 at 9:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You can help make the holiday season a little brighter for Jewish Family Service Association clients by visiting Legacy Village’s Holiday Giving Tree. Select an ornament from the holiday giving tree, donate a gift, and help give back to local families! JFSA is one of three local non-profits (along with The City Mission and Open Doors Academy) selected as a beneficiary to this year’s giving tree. Legacy Village will wrap and deliver your gift in time for Christmas & Hanukah.  Plus, you’ll receive a $5 Legacy Village gift card, as a small token of appreciation.

Now through Sunday, December 18th

Legacy Village Shopping Center

25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst

 The Giving Tree is located inside Guests Services on the 2nd Floor of the Main Building, directly above Starbucks. Please drop off all donations to Guest Services 

 * Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 * Sunday from Noon – 6 p.m.

JFSA Ascentia Holds Open House For Day Support Program

December 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


JFSA Ascentia is holding an open house for its Day Support Program on Tuesday December 6, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park Synagogue Main (3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights). The Day Support Program provides social and recreational opportunities for adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Activities include creative arts, health and wellness education and exercise and fitness programs. They group also takes daily outings to parks, libraries and museums.

For more information about the program and open house, contact Ashley Palm at 216-906-6570.

Climb Abord JFSA YouthAbility’s Magical Mystery Tour Bus

October 19, 2011 at 10:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jewish Family Service Association’s “Magical Mystery Tour Bus” featuring Beatles tribute band “Revolution Pie” will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Road, Orange. A silent auction and raffle auctionare also part of the festivities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Horvitz YouthAbility program, which serves disabled and at risk youth by engaging them in volunteer service, vocational activities, and social enrichment. YouthAbility participants help themselves byhelping others.


Tickets are $100 per person for the VIP Light Supper Reception, which starts at 6:00 p.m. and$50 for General Admission and Dessert Reception, which starts at 7:15 pm (doors open 7:00). Purchase tickets on-line at

Dine Out To Stop Domestic Violence

October 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Monday, October 3rd, Jewish Family Service Association’s Know Abuse teen dating violence prevention program is holding its 3rd annual fundraiser “You Dine. They Donate.” with Cleveland-area restaurants. The restaurants have agreed to donate 10-20 % of sales with a flyer to Know Abuse. You will need a flyer to participate and can download one at Offer is good during normal business hours for dine in and carry out.




Volunteer Help Needed for Jewish Family Service Association

July 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

JFSA is looking for additional volunteers on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings to deliver fresh, kosher meals to frail, elderly and disabled adults. Allow approximately 2 1/2 hours to extend friendly greetings, deliver smiles and hot meals. Must have a strong desire to help people and enjoy working with older adults. Must be able to move around and lift boxes. If interested, please contact Sandra Lusher-Waterhouse, Manager of Volunteer Services at 216-378-3475


JFSA YouthAbility Volunteers To Sell Locally-Grown Produce at Fresh Markets

June 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jewish Family Service Association’s YouthAbility program is partnering with CleveLand Crops and the Mandel Jewish Community Center to bring Fresh Markets to the community this summer. YouthAbility volunteers will sell locally-grown, seasonal produce at the JCC on Tuesday June 28, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  YouthAbility empowers youth with disabilities and at-risk youth with volunteer opportunities in the community. CleveLand Crops is an employment program with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. It turns inner-city area farms and employs people with disabilities to work at the farms. For more information, call 216-378-3434 or go to

Please help fill the shelves of JFSA’s Food Pantry

June 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

JFSA’s Food Pantry is collecting bags or boxes of rice during the month of June. The pantry also accepts toiletries. Drop-off hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday at 24075 Commerce Park Rd, Beachwood. Contact Keren Copeland with questions at 216.378.3426.

JFSA In Need of Help Delivering Meals

May 16, 2011 at 11:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

JFSA is looking for additional volunteers on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings to deliver hot meals to frail, elderly and disabled adults. Allow approx. 2 ½ hours to extend friendly greetings, deliver smiles and hot meals.  Must have a strong desire to help people and enjoy working with older adults.  Must be ambulatory and be able to lift boxes.  If interested please contact:  Sandra Lusher-Waterhouse, Manager of Volunteer Services, 216-378-3475,

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