COVID-19 Virus Update

(updated Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:16 AM)

Please note: The JFS Orlando building is currently CLOSED to the public, but our programs and services are still OPERATIONAL.

JFS staff are still on-duty and managing programs via phone and digital means to work with clients when possible. 

Below is a list with the operational status for each JFS program and service:

• The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry will remain open Monday – Thursday 9AM – 4PM. To pick-up food, please call 407-644-7593 to schedule an appointment.

• The Counseling, Growth and Development program has begun telehealth counseling sessions. To schedule a telehealth appointment, please call 407-644-7671.

• The Family Stabilization Program is still operational, but only via phone and digital. If you are a current client of the program or you are interested in applying, please call 407-644-7593 ext. 250 (City of Orlando & Seminole County) or ext. 236 (unincorporated Orange County).

• The Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) program is still operational, but only via phone and digital. If you are a current client of the program or you are interested, please call 407-644-7593 ext. 249.

• The Chaplaincy program is still operational, but only via phone. If you are a current client of the program or you are interested, please call 407-644-7593 to connect with our Community Rabbi.

• The Volunteer program is cancelled until further notice.

With the world shutting down around us, JFS Orlando continues to operate. Now more than ever we need your help.




A Letter from our Executive Director

Dear JFS Orlando Community,

On behalf of the entire organization, please accept our warm wishes and thoughts during this challenging time. I write to provide you, an important part of our community, with updates of our response to the COVID-19 virus.

The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry will remain open
to the very best of our abilities.

In order to maintain a safe environment for all who come to JFS we will be staggering appointments and maintaining social distances from each client. Appointments will be made in 15-minute blocks of time in order to assist both clients and staff.

The FSP and RIDE programs are operational. Staff will be attending their offices and working with clients by phone.

Counseling will begin telehealth counseling sessions on Monday, March 23rd.

Chaplaincy has been asked to limit personal interactions. Rabbi Siegel is available by phone.

These new program and services protocols will be in effect starting Monday, March 16th.

Here at JFS I am heartened by the spirit of caring, and by the deep commitment our staff have shown to our mission and all we serve. I’m uplifted by our supporters, who likewise reach out to help others and are helping us find creative solutions to difficult problems.

At this time, it is critical to serve our community. And we need your help to do so. Please, donate to us now, at this difficult time, so we can continue to serve Central Florida as only we know how. Your financial contribution is so very needed.




This is your community–one you can be proud of. Throughout it all, JFS Orlando remains one of the best examples of Tzedakah. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Philip Flynn III

Executive Director

Free Meals for Kids and Teens: Commissioner Nikki Fried activates children’s meals website for COVID-19 school closures

March 16, 2020–Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) activated their Summer BreakSpot website, where families can find free meals for children under 18 during the current coronavirus school closures. The meal locations may be found at SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com.

Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties will be in operation starting the week of March 23rd.

To find your location, simply visit SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com, enter your address, and search up to 50 miles to find participating free meal locations near you. Users should contact listed locations to confirm opening dates and times. For best results, users should enter their home address, and select their address from the drop-down results.

Our Mission

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando (JFS Orlando) provides services to stabilize individuals and families in crisis and enhances the quality of life across generations to all members of the Central Florida community.

JFS Orlando was founded in 1978 as a human services organization based on the principles of community building, kindness, compassion, and concern for the betterment of our world. Our efforts are able to reach thousands of people each year thanks to vital community partners and their financial and in kind contributions, program development, and program delivery, as well as dedicated volunteers and their time and service.

Our Programs and Services

We aim to move lives from crisis to stability by taking a holistic approach in assisting those in need and providing a variety of wrap-around services. Our programs cover four core areas: Hunger, Mental and Emotional Stability, Homelessness Prevention, and Aging/End of Life. Visit our “What We Do” page for a complete list of our services.

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JFS Orlando has received four out of a possible four stars from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator helps charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Receiving four out of four stars indicates that JFS Orlando adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please click on the logo to review our four star rating.