Jewish Family Service of New Haven
1440 Whalley Ave.
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address 1440 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 389-5599 x
Fax 203-389-5904
Web and Social Media
The mission of JFS is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals of all ages through an integrated program of social services in accordance with basic Jewish values and precepts.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1940
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jonathan Garfinkle
Board Chair Linda Randell
Board Chair Company Affiliation UIL Holdings Corp.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,839,237.00
Projected Expenses $1,839,237.00
Mission The mission of JFS is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals of all ages through an integrated program of social services in accordance with basic Jewish values and precepts.
Background The mission of Jewish Family Service of New Haven is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals of all ages, without regard to their religious preference, through an integrated program of social services in accordance with basic Jewish values and precepts. JFS has been a part of the New Haven community since 1881. JFS offers programs and services in the following areas: Emergency, Supplemental and Holiday Food Assistance; Mental Health and Counseling for Adults and Children; Older Adult Services; Inter-country, Domestic and Infant Adoption; Adoption of Older Children; Therapeutic and Medically Complex Foster Care, Respite for Children; Permanency Placement Services; Volunteer Opportunities; Empowering People for Success (program for residents on state welfare/unemployment); and a Holocaust Survivor’s Program. JFS programs and services reach all throughout Connecticut, although the majority of our clients are from New Haven County. JFS serves people of all faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities, and turns no one away based upon an ability to pay for services. 
JFS received reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services.  A distinction highly valued among social service agencies.
JFS received $55,000 in grant funding from the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Lifeline Grants (a collaboration of the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven).  This funding helps the most vulnerable in our local community who have fallen victim to the downturn of the economy in the areas of Housing, Emergency Crisis and Food Assistance.
With the recent cutbacks in state funding, one of JFS's main goals is to reduce its dependency on state funding.
Additional goals include: 
  1. Develop new and innovative programming that serves the ever changing needs of our most vulnerable individuals and families.
  2. Increase outreach and core program offerings.
  3. Grow unrestricted endowments and effectively launch a planned giving program.
Needs 1. Emergency Assistance Fund for families and individuals in crisis –  to provide help with essential needs, such as food, housing, utilities, etc. - $10,000
2. Funds to hire a part-time geriatric social worker to help meet the needs of Greater New Haven’s aging population - $15,000
3. IT upgrade – JFS sorely needs data management software and a new website design - $20,000
4. Increased capacity to offer social services on the Shoreline, including a satellite office space in the Guilford area - $10,000
5. A new, larger space to house the JFS Food Pantry, due to a substantial increase in client use, including increased refrigeration and freezer capacity - $10,000
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Community Service Clubs
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services /
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
State wide
West Haven
JFS's main catchment area is New Haven County, however, JFS will serve anyone within Connecticut. 
Description We offer services in: Infant & International Adoption, Yes 2 Kids Adoption for Older Children; Specialized Foster Care (Therapeutic and Medically Complex Foster Care); Permanency Placement Services; Elderly Services; Counseling & Mental Health; Holocaust Survivor Program, ESP Program; Supplemental, and Emergency Food Programs, Volunteer Program; Shalom Group for Jewish Adults with Developmental Disabilities; and Children's Respite Program.
Population Served / /
To provide mental health/counseling services to individuals and families in the Greater New Haven area.  Services include concerns and issues such as (but are not limited to):  stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms, unemployment issues, hopelessness, and/or helplessness; marital concerns, family dynamics, relationship concerns, coping strategies, divorce, death and dying, among other issues.   This is accomplished through our professional staff which includes LCSW, MSW and Pastoral Counseling clinicians. 
Population Served / /
Description There is a constant need for foster and adoptive individuals and families in CT to help the hundreds of children now in foster care.  JFS offers therapeutic foster care and medically complex foster care for children under the care of the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). JFS recruits and trains families/individuals to become foster and adoptive parents, and we provide intensive case managment and support to foster/adoptive families.  
Population Served / /
Description Through a wide range of social, vocational, outreach and financial services, this program is designed to make a positive difference in the lives of the most economically distressed, vulnerable and at-risk families in the Greater New Haven community.  The primary purpose of the program is to provide this economically distressed population with both short-term stability and, most important, long-term sustainability.
Population Served / /
Description Our Food Pantry provides emergency, supplemental and holiday food for residents of Greater New Haven who are at or below the poverty level. Currently JFS provides monthly supplemental food to more than 200 families (which averages a little more than 5,000 lbs. of non-perishable foods distributed monthly). This does not include perishable foods, frozen foods and/or bakery items. JFS also serves walk-in clients and families in an emergency situation. 
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Jonathan Garfinkle
Term Start Feb 2009
Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 109
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 98%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 13 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 29
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
ReaccreditationCouncil on Accreditation for Children & Family Services2010
Board Chair
Linda Randell
Company Affiliation UIL Holdings Corp.
Term June 2012 to June 2014
Board of Directors
Carol Agin Coldwell Banker
Darcy McGraw Altman Community Volunteer
Lauren Arch Arons Community Volunteer
Hillel Auerbach Community Volunteer
Laura Elman Coldwell Banker
Louise Epstein Community Volunteer
Joyce Feen Community Volunteer
Cindy Papish Gerber Community Volunteer
Ozzie Levine Community Volunteer
Lauren Miller Community Volunteer
Cindy Papish-Gerber
Joel Sachs Konowitz, Kahn, & Co. PC
Helen Selmon Community Volunteer
Susan Skalka Community Volunteer
Rosalyn Sperling Community Volunteer
Andrew Testa Apicella, Testa & Co., P.C.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 12
Board Co-Chair
Cindy Papish-Gerber
Term July 2012 to June 2014
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2012
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2012
Projected Revenue $1,839,237.00
Projected Expenses $1,839,237.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$304,417$442,126$1,211,789
Individual Contributions$156,600--$125,013
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,601$2,911$47,042
Membership Dues----$36,864
Special Events$19,442$9,946$23,874
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$1,451,348$1,398,512$1,354,385
Administration Expense$346,038$348,044$304,978
Fundraising Expense$9,538$4,810$10,024
Payments to Affiliates----$13,399
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.050.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%80%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$1,816,087$1,586,394$1,403,768
Current Assets$945,912$681,310$0
Long-Term Liabilities$212,762$178,260$0
Current Liabilities$151,167$116,981$270,762
Total Net Assets$1,452,158$129,153$1,133,006
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJewish Federation of Greater New Haven $196,696CT Council of Family Service Agencies, Inc. $221,425State of Connecticut - DCF - Foster Care $827,990
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConnecticut Council of Family Service Agencies $173,001Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $173,100State of Connecticut / CCFSA - Safety Net $108,228
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUCONN Health Center $74,518UCONN Health Center $95,521Jewish Federation $99,054
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.265.820.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%11%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 1440 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 389-5599
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jonathan Garfinkle
Board Chair Linda Randell
Board Chair Company Affiliation UIL Holdings Corp.


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