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Jewish Community Assistance Programs

Chevrah Gemilut Chasadim | Acts of Loving Kindness

". . . And when you cut the harvest of your land ou shall not cut the corner of your field completely, and you shall not gather up the gleaning of your harvest; for the poor and the stranger shall you leave them."

Vayikra 23:22

There are times in life when we walk a tightrope, trying to keep our balance among life’s unexpected circumstances and hardships. For these times, JFS offers a safety net for members of the Jewish community and those affiliated with it.

The Joseph & Evelyn Rosenblatt Free Loan Fund

Established in 1997 by the Rosenblatts, this fund is available for those facing financial hardship. This assistance can be used in some of the following ways:

  • Purchasing a car
  • Paying for housing
  • Affording medical and dental expenses
  • Meeting educational costs

Read more about the Joseph and Evelyn Rosenblatt Free Loan Fund.

The Emergency Assistance Fund

Funded by the United Jewish Federation of Utah, this emergency assistance is available for circumstances such as the following:

  • Pending eviction
  • Suspension of utility or telephone services
  • Unexpected medical bills
  • House foreclosures

I Have Someone in Mind. What’s My Next Step?

  • Make sure the individual is a member or employee of the Utah Jewish community.
  • Refer the person in need to JFS.
  • We will provide counseling and determine eligibility for programs.
  • Individuals may then be referred to other agencies for further assistance.

Family Life Education

Choosing a path to follow your spiritual beliefs can also present personal challenges. To provide assistance, JFS offers a support group for individuals and families who are contemplating conversion to Judaism with a focus on Jewish identity, family relations, and life-cycle events.

Workshops addressing a variety of issues are also available: the blending of interfaith families' beliefs and traditions; helping our aging parents manage their healthcare, legal concerns, and end-of-life issues; and putting the mitzvah back in Bar/Bat Mitzvah.