Have you ever visited our Jewish Federation headquarters at 2100 Arch St. in Center City? If you’ve passed through our glass doors, you’ve doubtless noticed that we’re housed in the Jewish Community Services Building.
There’s good reason for that name. Our building serves not just as our own home base, but as home base for more than a dozen other Jewish organizations including HIAS Pennsylvania, JEVS Human Services, Camp Galil and Camp Ramah, the Jewish Exponent and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. Together, it makes up our Center City “campus” — one of five Jewish Federation-operated campuses throughout our region.
Each campus allows Greater Philadelphia’s most vital Jewish agencies and organizations to be located in one place that’s convenient for local residents to access. These campuses — in Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood, Elkins Park, Northeast Philadelphia and Center City — provide a home base for more than 30 Jewish organizations, helping us to effectively serve our area’s diverse populations. The Jewish Federation gives many of these organizations support in the forms of rent subsidies, technical support, security consultations and snow removal so they can focus on carrying out the crucial work so many rely upon.
On our five campuses, which total more than 100 acres, we house numerous educational institutions, including Federation Early Learning Services, Cheder Chabad, Perelman Jewish Day Schools, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Touro School and Gratz College.
At KleinLife and the Kaiserman JCC, families and older adults meet friends, learn and access important nutrition, health and wellness services. And the organizations Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence, Because We Care and Jewish Family and Children’s Service provide critical support, assistance and activities to all who need it.
Together, these organizations help build communities and generate a vibrant Jewish life that resounds across the entire region.
To support the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in fully serving our communities, visit jewishphilly.org/donate.
Back to Work with JEVS Career Strategies
As a single parent supporting two teenage children, Wendy worked two jobs to make ends meet. But when both workplaces closed, Wendy found herself looking for a job for the first time in many years — and realized she was in alien territory.
How should her resume reflect her experience? What new skills would she need? Where were jobs even posted nowadays? “I was scared. Two children, no money coming in,” she remembered.
Through a community connection, however, Wendy made an appointment with a Jewish Federation-supported program called JEVS Career Strategies. “They helped me build a resume and my computer skills; it was incredible,” said Wendy, who now works in higher education. “With their help, I found myself a job.”
Run by JEVS Human Services, JEVS Career Strategies has helped thousands of people find their way out of unemployment or underemployment and into satisfying work.
A guided approach starts with identifying a job-seeker’s skills, abilities and interests, then moves on to individual career counseling; resume, LinkedIn and job search assistance; interview preparation; career assessment; computer classes; networking workshops and more. There’s even a job developer on staff to help clients find job opportunities.
Last year alone, JEVS Career Strategies provided career services and workshops for more than 500 people in our region, many of whom had been searching for a job for three months or more. So far this calendar year, a Career Strategies client has started a new job, on average, every three days — and at competitive wages, in fields as varied as marketing to culinary arts to legal services.
One such client is Batel. When her husband became disabled, she wanted to find employment quickly, to support him and their twin daughters. But as a stay-at-home mother, she was uncertain about her job prospects.
Career Strategies helped Batel find her confidence and make a plan. She enrolled in school to become a certified nursing assistant and worked as a teacher’s assistant, so she could provide for her husband’s care and pay the bills. Said Batel of the assistance she received from JEVS, “I found the light in my darkest day. I’ve been able to gain my life back.”
To learn more about JEVS Career Strategies services, please visit jevshumanservices.org/program/career-strategies.