Please click on any of the dates below to read the weekly “Shabbat Inspiration” message
from JFCS Executive Director Raechel Hammer.

July 19, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Amid the summer months, it is hard to ignore the heat! As JFCS serves vulnerable community members, summertime can be particularly dangerous. Many of our clients are [...]

July 12, 2024

We have two hands: one to help ourselves, one to help others... Dear JFCS Family,  They say we have two hands: one to help ourselves and one to help others. [...]

July 5, 2024

“With every friendship you make and every bond you establish,you are shaping the image of America projected tothe rest of the world.” – Michelle Obama Dear JFCS Family, As America celebrates [...]

June 28, 2024

Those who save one life, save the world entire... Dear JFCS Family, As we all walk down the road on our journey, we experience leadership in different forms and fashions. [...]

June 21, 2024

Making our world a little brighter... So often, it is hard for me to express the level of gratitude I have for those who share our quest to change the [...]

June 14, 2024

Dear JFCS Family,   One of the most important aspects of living a full and healthy life is the connection to community. While we all need food, shelter, and water [...]

June 7, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, As you may know, this week we celebrated Holocaust Survivor Celebration Day. On June 4th and June 6th, we gathered with our Holocaust Survivors to celebrate them – [...]

May 31, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, As we all know, nonprofits are charged with partnering with volunteers – not only to provide services, but also to help us guide and steer the organization. [...]

May 24, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Each year, JFCS partners with the American Legion Part 372, the Office of Veterans Affairs, the Jewish War Veterans, and the Camden County Board of Commissioners to [...]

May 17, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, On Monday, JFCS hosted our annual volunteer appreciation breakfast. What a wonderful way to start our week and celebrate the more than 200 volunteers who support our [...]

May 10, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Today, we hosted the 18th Annual Dubrow Vocational Breakfast. We honored the hard work and dedication of five participants in our JFCS Supported Employment Program: Ryan Doyle, Faris [...]

May 3, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Looking at the news coverage from this past week, it is normal to have anxiety, as we watch our college campuses overrun with antisemitic statements and slogans. [...]

April 26, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, As we approach the end of this week and are amidst our Passover Holiday- a holiday that reminds us to appreciate our freedom and remember our escape [...]

April 19, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, As Passover approaches, many people will take stock in our freedom. We will give thanks for all we have and pray for those less fortunate. We are [...]

April 12, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Last night, we hosted our annual event, Stepping Out with JFCS, celebrating the small (and not-so-small) miracles that happen through the services provided by Jewish Family and Children’s [...]

April 5, 2024

Dear JFCS Family,  What a wonderful week it has been here at JFCS. We are abuzz with excitement and enthusiasm for our annual fundraiser, Stepping Out with JFCS, on Thursday, April [...]

March 29, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Sometimes you need a little bit of success to end your week. We need to hear some good news that will inspire hope and rejuvenate us for [...]

March 22, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, This weekend, we celebrate the holiday of Purim – a holiday that reminds us not only to be grateful for our freedoms but also reminds us of [...]

March 15, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Helen Keller famously said that “alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” This quote has always resonated with me in ways I [...]

March 8, 2024

To my JFCS Family, This week marks the start of Social Work Month. On Wednesday, we gathered as a JFCS family as we do once a month! Even though it [...]

March 1, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, As I write to you today, I am thinking of my friends and family who struggle with drug use and addiction. I remember learning about drug use [...]

February 23, 2024

Dear JFCS Family,   “Volunteers are Love in Motion.” This time together is so very important to me. Every week, I sit, reflect, and think about the important issues within [...]

February 16, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, Inspiration comes in all different ways. Sometimes we are inspired by positive interactions and the success of our clients, and sometimes we must find inspiration through the [...]

February 9, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken.” This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with two of our Aging with Pride members, Michael* and David*. Aging [...]

February 2, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” This past week was exhilarating! I so appreciated the [...]

January 26, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, “Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” - Albert Einstein As we walk down this road together to repair the world and make a difference, [...]

January 19, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, While it is cold and snowy outside, the events of this past Monday are still warming my heart and soul! On Monday, January 15th, we hosted the [...]

January 12, 2024

Dear JFCS Family, First, let me wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year! While 2023 was filled with significant trauma and difficulties for our community, we persevered and supported [...]

December 29, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, We are stronger together! In this last Shabbat Inspiration of the year, I want to share a thank you from one of our clients. Each year, we [...]

December 26, 2023

Dear JFCS Family,  This is the "giving season!" Normally, I send out a Shabbat Inspiration, but since this is the last week of the year, I decided that we would [...]

December 15, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, “Light the Way.” Last night, we lit all eight candles and celebrated the last night of Chanukah.  I was overwhelmed with the brightness of our candles and [...]

December 8, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, “Be a Light Unto the World.” As today is the first day of Chanukah, the beginning of our festival of light, I want to wish everyone a [...]

December 1, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, “Change is the only constant in life.” Today is Moving Day! Some days I have no words to express my gratitude but while my words may fall [...]

November 23, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, When I woke up this morning, I was overwhelmed with emotions! I am filled with an immense feeling of pride and gratitude inspired by the work of [...]

November 17, 2023

Dear Friends, On Tuesday, I boarded one of the 10 South Jersey buses bound for Washington D.C. to join more than 290,000 people from all over the country to show [...]

November 10, 2023

Dear Friends, Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a day dedicated to remembering and honoring all those who served in America’s military. Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at Camden [...]

November 3, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, This all feels very surreal and still raw. Over the last month, the world has drastically changed. Since our homeland was attacked, we no longer feel secure. [...]

October 27, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, I have immense gratitude for all of you and your support. It has been such a difficult time for our community. While we say we are stronger [...]

October 13, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, As many of you know, last night was our JFCS Annual Celebration, where we gathered with over 200 people. While the tone of the evening was tempered [...]

October 6, 2023

Good afternoon JFCS Family, Today, I want to tell you a story about Debbie*, a new client of our Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantry. Debbie walked into our offices [...]

September 29, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, Tonight starts the Jewish festival of Sukkot, a harvest holiday that commemorates and celebrates our freedom, our gratitude, and our joy in claiming our independence from slavery [...]

September 22, 2023

Dear JFCS Family, This weekend marks the beginning of our holiest day in the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur. It is the day that we take stock of the year and [...]

September 15, 2023

To my JFCS Family, I write to you today on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a holiday where we take a moment to count our blessings and recognize our challenges [...]

September 8, 2023

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Albert Einstein The concept of having a peaceful home – feeling safe and secure where we live and who we [...]

September 1, 2023

“A small group of thoughtful people can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead This past weekend, I met our Cherry Hill Police [...]

August 25, 2023

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” - Benjamin Franklin This has been a busy week for me, both professionally and personally. Yesterday, I dropped my oldest [...]

August 18, 2023

"The true measure of any society is found in how it treats its most vulnerable members" When I think about the mission and vision of JFCS and the legacy that [...]

August 11, 2023

Who Is Your Rock? Last week, I was working at my desk when Emily*, a longtime JFCS clinician, walked into my office. She was visibly shaken and upset. I immediately stood [...]