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SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 25 is the JFS Tribute Dinner

We hope you will join Jewish Family Service (click here to register) on October 25, 2015 at Little America for a special evening recognizing "Service Matters," where we will honor three individuals who have dedicated their professional and personal lives to community, public, and volunteer service. "Service Matters" — the eighth annual JFS Tribute Dinner Gala — will pay tribute to Patrice Arent, Erin Litvack, and Fraser Nelson. These women personify "giving back." Their leadership and influence are evident in many sectors in our Utah community, from civic, and non-profit, to private. Their impact has touched a host of important issues, including the environment, education, the arts, HIV/AIDS, disability rights, gender equality, and homelessness, to name a few. The Tribute Dinner — our agency's primary and only major fundraising event of the year — raises vital funds so that JFS can continue to help individuals and families in our local community facing life's challenges – aging, illness, unemployment, financial uncertainty, hunger, mental health concerns, family problems, or personal issues. JFS serves people of all backgrounds by providing affordable mental health counseling, care management for seniors and respite for their caregivers, food pantry and emergency assistance funds to those who fall on…

Memory Sharing Group - August 17, 24, 31, and Sept. 28, 2015

Jewish Family Service and Congregation Kol Ami invite you to celebrate the lives of your loved ones who are no longer with us — whether they have passed away in the last year or in the past. Jania Sommers, licensed clinical social worker and therapist, will lead in four FREE life-affirming sessions:Monday, August 17 at 6pm Monday, August 24 at 6pm Monday, August 31 at 6pmAugust sessions will take place at JFS (1111 E. Brickyard Rd. #218, SLC 84106; click HERE for map/directions) Monday, September 28 at 6pm, the first day of SukkotSeptember session will be held in the Kol Ami Sukkah with Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman to talk about Ushpizin (2425 Heritage Way, SLC 84109; click HERE for map/directions)  ** Pre-registration appreciated. Space is limited. Please contact Jania at 801.746.4334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. **Open to the public. Please try to attend all of the sessions as they will build on one another.        

Adoption Home Studies from JFS!

NEW! JFS is pleased to announce a new service being provided to all individuals and couples navigating through the journey of adoption. Jania Sommers, LCSW, is offering pre- and post-adoption home studies (no placement services). For fee schedule and further information, please call JFS at 801.746.4334.

Tribute to Community Couples 2014

On November 9, 2014, JFS hosted our biggest crowd ever for our 7th annual Tribute Dinner, where four "Community Couples" were honored, who each have made a difference in our community: Karen Fjeldsted Doctorman & Gary Doctorman, Anne & Sandy Dolowitz, Kitty & Neil Kaplan, and Helen & Rick Rappaport. View the Tribute Video below. JFS extends our deepest gratitude to all of the individuals and businesses who supported the gala event, which raises essential funds to enable JFS to continue to provide services relied upon by people of all denominations, through our counseling, senior adult services, and safety net programs