Jewish Family and Childrens Services

2688 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota
FL 34237

Jewish Family and Childrens Services

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The Sarasota Jewish Community expanded very rapidly in the early 1970's. With that growth came the need to provide social services. A group of dedicated volunteers, many of whom were retired social workers, directed their energies to "helping the elderly". As the needs of the community grew, it appeared that a more comprehensive organization was needed.
In the early 1980's, a committee led by Sidney J. Berkowitz, a retired Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Chicago, began the process of studying the feasibility of a local full-fledged family service agency. With the need demonstrated, Jewish Family Service became an autonomous agency with its own independent Board of Directors replacing the existing Jewish Federation Advisory Committee. Jewish Family Service was chartered, by-laws were developed, and Officers and Board Members were officially elected in July 1986. The first office for Jewish Family Service consisted of 250-sq. ft. of rented space.
On June 3, 1996, our name was changed to Jewish Family & Children's Service of Sarasota-Manatee and a department for children and adolescents was officially launched.

In 1997, the Board of Directors undertook its first major capital campaign to build a permanent home for Jewish Family &Children's Service. The agency moved into The Goldie Feldman building on The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg campus in August 1999. And in November 2009, the 6,000 sq ft Schoenbaum Family Life Enrichment Center was dedicated providing a total of 14,600 sq ft of office space and meeting rooms at the main campus of JFCS.
In its short lifespan, Jewish Family &Children's Service has more than proven and met the needs of the community. Both Jewish and non-Jewish clients continue to benefit from its many programs and services.

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