JFCS Jewish Healing


Funding for our Jewish Programs is provided in part by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and through contributions received from our donors.


“The enormity of the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affected me on so many levels.  I was in a state of high anxiety and needed someone to talk me off the ledge.  When I heard the ‘J’ in JFCS, the light bulb went off and I said, ‘of course’ I didn’t need to call anywhere else.”


Bereavement Services

The death of a loved one is perhaps the deepest loss human beings experience. JFCS offers bereavement support groups to help individuals receive support and discover ways to cope.

Bikkur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) and Friendly Visitors

Trained volunteers offer support in the Jewish tradition of visiting the ill, providing companionship to alleviate isolation and loneliness.

Community Chaplain

The Community Chaplain facilitates visitation programs for unaffiliated Jews at local hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, directs JFCS’s Bereavement Support Groups, supervises the agency’s Friendly Visitors and prison ministry programs. This position is made possible by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Community Education Outreach

Education programs on cultural sensitivity of Jewish traditions.

Community Religious Outreach

JFCS provides religious services to residents at area senior living facilities.

Jewish Financial Assistance 

Serving individuals and families in the Jewish Community who have experienced an unexpected financial crisis.  A case manager will review each client situation and connect them to financial resources, create a working budget and financial goals to help get back on track.

Grace Rosen Magill Library

The library offers many resources for inspiration, support and training.

Holocaust Survivor Support and Assistance

Experienced case managers assist survivors in identifying challenges and connecting to needed financial resources.

Prison Ministry

Providing religious services and spiritual outreach to Jewish inmates at local and state correctional facilities.