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JFS is a non-profit social services agency serving all members of the community from all backgrounds. Your generous support enables us to provide crucial programs for those in need.

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From all of us at JFS, we wish you a very special holiday!

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or just the start of winter, we wish you days filled with liveliness, laughter, and love. Thank you for your support - because of you, we have been able to serve more than 30,000 people this year. Your support has helped us increase our impact, especially during the holiday season.

Keep up with JFS news and events by visiting our e-blast page at https://jfsmiddlesex.org/news/read-our-weekly-eblasts! Happy Holidays!

Grateful for Support This Holiday Season

The holidays can pose a real challenge to families who struggle to purchase special gifts for their children. This year, thanks to the help of generous donors and volunteers, JFS was able to supply gifts for 285 children of families involved in JFS programs. This was our largest holiday gift drive to date! Board games, dolls, books, gift cards and other items were given to families large and small. 

As one client, Mrs. K (not pictured), noted, "This holiday season is very hard. I help my daughter care for my autistic grandson. I want him to have the best, but that isn't always possible. We are healthy and happy, but I still want them to enjoy the holiday so I appreciate the gift from the JFS community." Mrs. K chose a puzzle for her 10 year-old grandson. "I'm looking forward to spending time with him and helping him put the pieces together." 

On behalf of all the families participating in this year's event, we thank you for helping local children enjoy this holiday season.

Special thanks to our holiday donors who gave so generously:

  • The North Brunswick Domestic Violence Response Team
  • Hadassah Stonebridge of Monroe
  • Brandeis National Committee Middlesex Chapter
  • All the individual families that contributed to this year's gift drive

The Holiday Gift Drive is just one of the special events spearheaded by the JFS Women's Center for families in need. To support the Women’s Center or other JFS programs, please donate online at www.jfsmiddlesex.org/donate-form, or call 732-777-1940 to learn of other ways to help. Thank you!

Self-care: Women’s Center Staff prepared goodie bags for moms coming in to pick up holiday gifts for their children. 

Spreading joy and encouragement: Families coming in to pick up gifts shared their updates and received information on available resources. 

JFS Staff Enjoy Holiday Luncheon

There is no better way to celebrate the end of a busy work year than with a holiday lunch party! The JFS staff enjoyed a delicious lunch together at The Bridge in Highland Park to commemorate another year of dedication and service to our community. With a growing number of Middlesex County residents trying to get back on their feet after COVID, it has been a challenging and rewarding year for JFS but we remain committed to improving the lives of our community members. Go Team JFS!

Middlesex County SHIP Luncheon

On December 13, JFS and the Middlesex County Office of Aging & Disabled Services co-hosted an appreciation luncheon for the Middlesex County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors at Forsgate Country Club. Thank you to the dedicated counselors who continue to help guide an unprecedented number of people through the challenges of navigating health insurance.

SHIP is a federally funded program with state trained counselors who help Medicare beneficiaries navigate Medicare. JFS Director of Volunteer Services Michelle B. coordinates over 40 counselors around the county who help Middlesex County residents understand their Medicare options. If you are interested in volunteering for the SHIP program, please contact Michelle at michelleb@jfsmiddlesex.org.

[Pictured L to R: Laila C., Director, Middlesex County Office of Aging & Disabled Services; Jocelyn G., Division Manager, Aging & Disability Resource Connection; Michelle B., JFS SHIP Coordinator, Middlesex County; and Jaimi M., Care Manager/SHIP Counselor]

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Your Tax-Deductible Donation 

Did you know that when you use your RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) to donate directly to JFS, you can reduce your tax burden? Speak with your tax professional now to learn more about how your donation to JFS Middlesex can benefit both you and your community.


To make your year-end donation visit www.jfsmiddlesex.org/donate

Jewish Social Service Committee

The Jewish Social Service Committee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Jewish residents in Middlesex County. The Committee provides financial assistance for a wide variety of issues. In service for over 100 years, they have no paid staff and all funds are committed to providing service. If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance, contact us at office@jfsmiddlesex.org or 732.777.1940. JFS is proud to partner with JSS to benefit our mutual clients.


JFS is grateful for the support of our sponsors and community partners.

Parker Health Group, Inc.

To contact JFS of Middlesex County:

call: 732.777.1940 email: office@jfsmiddlesex.org

visit: www.jfsmiddlesex.org

North Brunswick Office

219C Blackhorse Lane

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Monroe Township Office

1600 Perrineville Road, Suite 52

Monroe Township, NJ 08831

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