What does freedom mean to you? Is it holding a hard-earned degree in your hand, or feeling your heart swell with the freedom to pursue a world of endless possibilities? Is it writing a letter to the editor - feeling the freedom to express your opinion and knowing your voice will be heard and freely debated?
Passover is the time of year we reflect on the multitude of precious freedoms we enjoy in our lives. The feeling of freedom may be different for each of us. It might be remembering the majestic story of Moses leading the Israelites from Egyptian slavery to freedom. It could be specific moments in our lives, or simply the freedom of a healthy body.
JFS’s mission is to help the most vulnerable, those without enough freedom, in our community. We help families needing assistance to taste moments of freedom that, for them, may be few and far between. A family facing financial hardship can feel the freedom of living in a warm home because JFS paid their utility bill, avoiding a shut-off. Another may appreciate the freedom of a roof over their heads because JFS paid their rent to avoid eviction.
Our mission also means the physically challenged senior feels the freedom to shower and dress for the day because a JFS caregiver is there to protect and assist them.
And to help our clients feel the freedom of financial stability - avoiding future financial emergencies, JFS now coordinates with Tabor Community Services. Our clients are referred to a Tabor Community Services Counselor for tools to better manage their money.
And what does freedom mean to Jewish Family Service of Lancaster? Freedom is being able to do all of this over and over again for our community residents in need, because you, our donors, are by our side. Thank you for your generosity from past years, for this year, and in the future.
We ask you too, as we enter the Passover season, to please add an extra $18 to your donation for the JFS Passover Project. JFS, along with Lancaster’s Congregations Shaarai Shomayim and Degel Israel and Temple Beth El will again join forces for the annual JFS Passover Project. Together, we will bring kosher for Passover food to community members who cannot afford that additional expense and to those who are homebound.
Your generous donation to JFS will help fulfill our vision of a community where families and individuals can enjoy the freedom of good health and a comfortable home.
- $50 helps keep the electricity on for an out of work adult
- $150 will help pay for a month of groceries for a family of four
- $1000 can over the rent or mortgage for several families from being forced from their home
You may donate here or mail your check to:
Jewish Family Service of Lancaster
75 East James Street
Lancaster, PA 17602