Hebrew Ladies Charity Society continues its mission with JFS partnership

March 20, 2015

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For the past 113 years, through several generations of change, the Relief Committee of Hebrew Ladies Charity Society (HLCS) has honored its mission of meeting the needs of local Jewish families requiring urgent financial assistance.

The organization has provided food to Jewish families in need for the High Holidays; Chanukah money for parents to provide gifts for their children; and money for food for Passover Seders. HLCS has also provided money for families in crisis for rent, utility bills, doctor bills, medicine and other financial needs. In recent years, through a partnership with Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc., HLCS has provided funds for home nursing care, medicines, home hospice care and services for senior adults. As always, all HLCS funds were given anonymously with only the JFS social worker knowing the name of the recipient.

Though its mission of giving financial aid to Tidewater Jewish individuals in need remains the same as when it was founded in 1902, HLCS will now continue its mission through the JFS Food and Financial Assistance program. HLCS will exclusively support this program through an increased commitment from its endowment fund within the Jewish Family Service Foundation, as well as throughout annual giving by the HLCS membership.

Frances Birshtein, president of HLCS, says, “The Food and Financial Assistance program is a longstanding program of JFS and serves Jewish members of our community who find themselves and their families in need. HLCS has been a long-time supporter of this program.”

“JFS is most appreciative of the increased commitment of the organization, which joins the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Pincus Paul Fund of the JFS Foundation as major supporters, along with so many other organizations and individuals in our community who support this important program,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director.

A representative from HLCS now serves on the JFS board of directors and will work with HLCS for appropriate dedication of the archives, including photographs and historical records.

Through this partnership with JFS, HLCS continues its mission, in perpetuity, of meeting the needs of local Jewish families.

Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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