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Brownstein Jewish Family Service

Help in Crisis

Brownstein Jewish Family Service is available to help with many serious problems facing people in our community. We field thousands of calls and help to connect people with the right resources.

  • financial and marital crises
  • job loss
  • bereavement
  • caregiver support
  • domestic violence
  • cuts in social serivces
  • mental health issues

We get many calls from people who are “falling through the cracks” and living on fixed incomes, those who are out of work, in debt or struggling to qualify for State or Federal programs.

In the past year, over $60,000 in aid was given to individuals and families in need. We strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community, and let them know that they have not been abandoned by the Jewish community.

Support & Caregiving

JFS provides a range of programming for those who are seeking special support groups.

  • Monthly Alzheimer’s support group.
  • Bereavement groups for adults include four and six week grief workshops in a supportive and safe environment.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Feeding the Hungry

  • Free monthly Social Service Screenings for SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • Centerpieces for Tzedakah: Instead of flowers, celebrate your special occasion and decorate the bima and oneg tables with lovely, festive baskets rented from JFS. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and every penny donated provides grocery gifts cards for people in need in our community! Call for more information.
  • Food packages & grocery cards
  • Community members donate hundreds of pounds of high protein foods each spring for United Way’s Stock the Pantry.

Community Health

JFS offers a variety of programs focused on getting and staying healthy including:

  • Annual flu clinics
  • “Dialogue with the Docs” programs
  • Free health education and support groups for hypertension, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, healthy eating and more

Brownstein Jewish
Family Service

Contact: Meredith Hettler, MS
JFS Program Manager
Phone: 203-267-3177 x 310

For Danbury and surrounding areas, contact:
Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury
(Information, Resource and Referral Service)
Located at The United Jewish Center:
141 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-794-1818
Contact: Donna Prywes, M.S.W., Administrator

Partner Agencies

United Way of Greater Waterbury

United Way 2-1-1


Senior Resource Connect

JFS Schedule

A listing of Brownstein Family Service events is now available and includes Alzheimer’s support, bereavement groups and health education programs.
JFS Programs

This ongoing program provides a delicious and healthful meal, fellowship and a variety of informative, entertaining and insightful programs.

Lunch is served on Wednesday at Noon & programs start at 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

L & K Lunch Calendar