Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Media Resources

To schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Lavey, Director of Communications and Donor Relations via e-mail at or call (213) 260-7908. Due to our client confidentiality policy, photography, videography and interviews are not permitted on JFS property without the permission of Director of Communications. We do our best to assist members of the press with their needs.

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) staff members are a frequent resource for local, state and national media outlets reporting on various types of social service programs.

JFS staff has expertise in:

  • Developing innovative social service delivery models
  • Managing critical safety net programs during economic downturns
  • Providing home- and community-based programs for older adults, including counseling, case management, fitness and wellness programs
  • Addressing the needs of domestic violence victims and their children
  • Responding to growing food insecurity among families and frail seniors
  • Offering support programs for adults and children with disabilities
  • Advocating on behalf of clients and social service issues on the local, state and federal levels.


  • JFS was the first charitable organization established in Los Angeles. We are over 160 years old!
  • JFS serves more than 100,000 individuals of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds each year. 
  • JFS serves clients who speak English, Spanish, Russian, Farsi, Tagalog, Japanese, Cantonese, Korean, Hebrew… and more! 
  • Jewish Family Service volunteers range in age from 6 years old to 100 years old so far.
  • JFS { SOVA distributes over 3 million pounds of groceries to low-income Los Angeles residents annually
  • Over 11,000 DV hotline calls were answered
  • 6,500 calls are answered through Central Access annually
  • JFS provides over 450 Survivors of the Holocaust with financial assistance for services ranging from utility bills, rent, transportation and medical costs 
  • Over 220 seniors stay active at the JFS, spending more than 7,000 hours exercising at JFS { Valley Storefront and JFS { Eichenbaum fitness centers each year with a customized fitness programs tailored to their needs. 
  • Our members enjoy over 336 hours of fun and dynamic group fitness classes throughout the year at the JFS { Valley Storefront and JFS { Eichenbaum fitness centers.
  • JFS provides emergency assistance and compassionate care for 30,000 older adults each year.
  • The JFS { Hirsh Family Kitchen serves 220,000 Kosher meals yearly to homebound and active older adults.
  • JFS { SOVA Community Food and Resource Program provides customized 5-day grocery supplies to over 10,000 clients every month, including ready-to-eat-foods for those who are homeless
  • JFS { Tools for school program fills backpacks with basic school supplies for over 1000 children in need each year.
  • One call is all it takes. If you know someone who needs our help, start with JFS { Central Access: (877) 275-4537 (877) ASK-4-JFS



SOVA Community Food and Resource Centers
Pico-Robertson • San Fernando Valley • West Hollywood
JFS offers free groceries and comprehensive support services at our three SOVA Food & Resource Centers. Special dietary items including baby food, kosher food, and low sodium foods are available.

Home Delivered Meals
Our Hirsh Family Kosher Kitchen prepares well-balanced meals that are delivered to the homes of homebound disabled and older adults.

Community Dining
We operate 17 “dining centers” throughout the community where older adults and people with disabilities can enjoy socialization and a nutritious meal prepared by the Hirsh Family Kosher Kitchen.

Community Passover ProgramSeders are offered to the community throughout the Greater Los Angeles area with Kosher for Passover food prepared by the Hirsh Family Kosher Kitchen.


Neighborhood Centers
Located throughout Los Angeles, our neighborhood centers provide recreational activities, educational programs, mental health services, care management and more.
• Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center - West Los Angeles
• Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center - Los Angeles, Fairfax Area
• Israel Levin Senior Center - Venice
• Valley Storefront Senior - San Fernando Valley, North Hollywood
• West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center

Health & Wellness
JFS offers an array of services designed to help older and disabled adults remain healthy, active and independent.
• Eichenbaum Heath Center
• Valley Storefront Older Adult Fitness Center


JFS provides shelter and support services, including counseling and case management, for survivors of domestic abuse.
• Haven House - Emergency shelter
• Hope Cottage - Transitional housing
• Tamar House - Emergency shelter

Clinical ServicesProfessional therapists from JFS provide counseling and mental health services.
• One-on-one counseling for adults and children
• Family counseling
• Couples counseling
• Support groups
• Domestic violence crisis hotline
• Counseling center for those experiencing domestic violence issues and survivors of abuse

Specialized Services
• New Mom’s Connect – Support group for new mothers at risk for postpartum depression
• Café Mom – Weekly parenting support group• Aleinu – Counseling and other critical services for members of the Orthodox Community
• Immigration and Resettlement
• Older Adult Mental Health Services, including in-home options
• Iranian mental health counseling and support services
• Care Transitions – Transitioning from hospital to home
• Peer Support

Need Help? Start with JFS Central Access (877) 275-4537
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Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany for the Emergency Assistance Program for Nazi Victims at the direction of the United States District Court supervising the lawsuit in Re: Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation (Swiss Banks)