Social Services

Washington DCJCC Behrend Builders Shelter Repair and Construction Program Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service
1529 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Skilled and unskilled volunteers meet year-round to help repair, rebuild and renovate low-income housing, shelters, community centers and other nonprofit social service agencies. Ages 14 and older.

Capital Area Food Bank
4900 Puerto Rico Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
202- 644-9800
Fax: 202- 529-1767
6833 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, VA 22079
Fax: 703-541-0179
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Charles E. Smith
Life Communities
6121 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-770-8309
President and Chief Executive Officer: Warren R. Slavin
Provides full array of services and programs for seniors, including: assisted living at Landow House, memory care assisted living at Cohen-Rosen House, independent living at Ring House and Revitz House, rehabilitation and recovery at the Rehabilitation Center, 24-hour nursing services and specialized Alzheimer’s care in the Wasserman and Smith-Kogod residences of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and outpatient senior medical care at Hirsh Health Center. Refer to listings in Seniors section for Cohen-Rosen House, Hebrew Home, Hirsh Health Center, Landow House, Revitz House and Ring House for more information.
Gift of Life
Bone Marrow Foundation
800 Yamato Rd., Suite 101
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Coordinating Center, Fax: 561-982-2901
Donor Services, Fax: 561-982-2902
Facilitates bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for children and adults.

Hebrew Free Burial Society
Chesed Shel Emes
c/o Jewish Chaplaincy Service
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-770-0901
Intake Coordinator: Phil Goldman
Free burial for the indigent Jew at the Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington
c/o Hebrew Home
6121 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
301-770-4836 (Leave message)
Interest-free loans available to qualified Jewish residents in the Washington metropolitan area. Call for applications.

Hebrew Sheltering Society
11524 Daffodil Ln.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
President: Rabbi Herzel Kranz
House Manager: Chaya Kranz
Shelter for three days.

In Shifra’s Arms: Jewish Unplanned Pregnancy Assistance
Serving D.C. Metropolitan Area
1-888-360-5872 (JUPA)
202-744-6129 (Text only)
Through helpline and face-to-face appointments, trained volunteers provide confidential assistance to Jewish women (including high school students) struggling with unplanned pregnancies. Organization’s goal: No woman should feel she cannot give birth because she lacks the support she needs. Nonprofit service provider. Helpline is closed Friday and Saturday and Jewish holidays.

Jewish Chaplaincy Services of JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
See JSSA Counseling Services in this section.

Jewish Coalition Against
Domestic Abuse (JCADA)
P.O. Box 2266
Rockville, MD 20847
Local confidential client lines:
301-315-8041, 202-904-2040, 703-359-2540
Executive Director: Elissa M. Schwartz
President: Arielle Teitelbaum
Supports victims of domestic abuse in becoming empowered and obtaining safe environments by providing a helpline, crisis counseling, safety planning, support groups, information and referral services to all victims of abuse — women, men, teens and children — in the Greater Washington, D.C., area. Educates community members and professionals about domestic abuse and appropriate responses to it through trainings for clergy, educators, community leaders, sisterhoods, men’s clubs and social action committees. Works to prevent future generations from suffering domestic abuse by offering healthy relationship programs for teens at camps, Jewish day and public schools, religious schools, Hillels and youth groups. JCADA is committed to providing high quality services to all residents of the Greater Washington DC Jewish community as well as the community at large without regard to ability, background, faith, gender or sexual orientation.

12320 Parklawn Dr.
Rockville, MD 20852
301-255-4200 or 703-425-0999
TDD: 301-881-5263
Fax: 301-231-9360
CEO: David Gamse
Helps older adults in the Greater Washington, D.C. region maintain independence, dignity, vitality and self-respect while helping people of different generations understand, learn from and care for one another. Provides transportation, adult day care, employment services, information related to the needs of seniors and caregivers, computer training, seminars and educational talks and intergenerational programs. Offers volunteer opportunities.
Detailed information on the different JCA programs may be found in the Senior Services Section.

Jewish Foundation
for Group Homes
1500 East Jefferson St.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 240-715-9137
Chief Executive Officer: Vivian Bass
The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity, choice, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, regardless of faith or creed. JFGH’s programs support more than 200 individuals in over 70 sites throughout the Washington D.C Metropolitan area. Support is provided through JFGH’s residential, transitioning youth and social programs.

JSSA (Jewish Social
Service Agency)
Main Office
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-610-8403
Chief Executive Officer: Ken Kozloff
Rockville Office
Montrose Rd. Office
6123 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-770-0901
Fairfax Office
3018 Javier Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Fax: 703-204-9590

Employment and Career Services
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-610-8404

Supported Employment Services &
9900 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Fax: 301-587-1541

JSSA Counseling Services
JSSA has been helping people across the Washington metropolitan area meet emotional, social, and physical challenges for more than 120 years. A nonsectarian provider, JSSA serves people of all religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, helping the youngest child to the most fragile senior, from individuals to entire families. JSSA provides services and support to more than 37,000 individuals and families a year through a wide range of counseling, educational, employment, in-home support, hospice and nursing care, and social services.

Adoption Options
6123 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-770-0901
3018 Javier Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Fax: 703-204-9590
Adoption Options is a licensed child-placing agency in Maryland and Virginia providing resources for adoptees and adopting families; offering information about adoption options; exploring the details of domestic agency, private or international adoption; and reaching informed decisions on achieving adoption goals. Services include private consultations to identify adoption alternatives; complete and thorough home studies meeting all domestic and international jurisdictional and legal requirements, as well as those of the USCIS and the courts; home studies for embryo adoption/placement; psychosocial assessments of surrogates and birth parents for private adoption; required post-placement supervision for domestic and international adoptions and court reports for re-finalization in Virginia; support and guidance throughout the adoption process; counseling for birth parents; counseling for adult adoptees and their families and adult adoptees and birth parent searches placed through JSSA.

Early Childhood Services
(Infant – 5 years)
TTY: 301-309-2597
Fax: 301-610-8403
JSSA offers evaluation and treatment services for young children with emotional, social, behavioral, physical, psychological and cognitive challenges. Services include individual and family counseling; case management services; parent and family counseling; support groups and workshops; psychological and educational testing; information and referral services.

Neuropsychological, Psychological and Psychoeducational Testing
JSSA works with parents to identify and implement the services and accommodations needed for children ages 4-17
struggling with learning, emotional, behavioral and social issues. JSSA’s team of professionals specializes in providing
comprehensive neuropsychological, psychological and psychoeducational testing to diagnose, assess, and develop treatment recommendations for such conditions as ADHD or ADD, developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder), learning disabilities and social-emotional disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.).

Children, Teens and Family
Rockville (Fallsgrove) 301-838-4200
Fairfax 703-204-9100
Our professional and compassionate staff of clinical social workers, therapists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists provide a wide array of mental health evaluation and treatment services for young children, adolescents and families. Our team develops an individualized program that coordinates a variety of assessment, treatment, intervention and support services specific to your child’s and family’s unique needs.

Rockville (Fallsgrove): 301-838-4200
Fairfax: 703-204-9100
JSSA’s mental health specialists help adults with social and emotional challenges: individual therapy; couples counseling, premarital, marital and postmarital therapy; separation and divorce support; medication management; social skills therapy groups; workshops and support groups.

Senior Services and
Independent Living
See JSSA Older Adults and Senior Services listing in Seniors section.

Special Needs Counseling
and Care Management
Rockville (Fallsgrove): 301-838-4200
Fairfax: 703-204-9100
Many children, adolescents and adults in our community struggle with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. JSSA’s team of specially trained clinicians and other professionals provide a wide range of mental health, care management, employment and support services for all those in our community with special needs.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan
JSSA Autism Center
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-610-8403
3018 Javier Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Fax: 703-204-9590
JSSA’s Center for Autism through the Lifespan provides support for individuals of all ages and their families to make informed decisions and access needed services that maximize the quality of life, development potential and functioning of their and quality of life of their loved ones. Professional staff is guided by a professional advisory committee of local experts including developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, speech therapists, and neuropsychologists.

JSSA Hospice and Transitions Care
Hospice: 301-816-2676
Transitions Care: 301-881-3700
(Hospice and Transitions available to individuals living in Montgomery County.)
Hospice provides professional and volunteer support that allows terminally ill individuals to spend their final days in the comfort of their homes, senior residences or nursing homes. Hospice provides skilled nursing care and personal assistance; 24-hour/7-day availability; weekend admissions; emotional/spiritual support for patient and family; bereavement support. Transitions is an all-volunteer program that provides companionship and support to patients and their families coping with serious illness.

Jewish Chaplaincy Services
Contact: Rabbi James Q. Kahn, Director of Jewish Engagement and Chaplaincy
Jewish Chaplaincy Services (JCS) provides skilled pastoral and spiritual care at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and prisons not under Jewish auspices. JCS’s team of professionally trained chaplains leads Shabbat and holiday services, provides 1-on-1 visitation, offers Jewish resources and facilitates discussion groups. JCS also provides rabbinic services for Chesed Shel Emet (Hebrew Free Burial Society) and administrative services for the Washington Board of Rabbis.

JSSA’s Employment
and Career Services
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-610-8404

Supported Employment Services and Programs
9900 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Fax: 301-587-1541
JSSA’s employment and career services assist people of all ages and career backgrounds, who are unemployed or underemployed, career changers, youth in need of career guidance and newly arrived émigrés. JSSA offers group and individual services designed around a personal employment strategy including creating an effective resume, interview, networking and job search skill development, one-on-one career coaching and life coaching. Career testing is also available. JSSA offers monthly workshops on a variety of topics, one and two-day intensive general and specialized job search boot camps, job search networking groups in MD, DC and NoVA, LinkedIn coaching and workshops, career seminars, job search workshops at libraries and community centers and access to a free community on-line job board. Many services are free or cost a nominal fee, and fee adjustments may be available for other services. And JSSA’s JLink program provides a confidential free session with a career/life coach to help you develop your “action plan” for moving your career forward. JSSA’s supported employment for individuals with disabilities offers customized services including vocational assessment, a work readiness group program, job development and placement and ongoing job coaching support. Ongoing services are ideal for those whose goal is community-based competitive employment.

JSSA’s Educational Scholarship and Loan Program
Scholarships and loans (from fourth grade through post-graduate study) are available for study in accredited schools in the U.S. for residents of the Washington metro area and are based primarily on financial need.
Jews for Judaism
Fax: 410-602-0578
Director: Ruth Guggenheim
Local contact for national full-time countermissionary and counter-cult organization. Provides proactive education, speakers bureau, counseling and family support.

montgomery hospice
Montgomery Hospice Casey House
6001 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20855
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Morris Cafritz Center
for Community Service
at the Washington DCJCC
1529 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-518-9240
Director: Erica Steen
Provides volunteer opportunities for adults, students and families. Options include: working with the homeless and/or low-income children and adults, preparing food for the hungry, gardening and farming projects, painting and shelter repair, and communitywide volunteer days. Onetime projects for groups or ongoing individual opportunities coordinated.

National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
Provides information about Tay-Sachs and places for screening.

National Gaucher Foundation, inc.
2227 Idlewood Rd., Suite 6
Tucker, GA 30084
Fax: 770-934-2911
Provides information and assistance for those affected by Gaucher Disease; also provides educational programs and outreach to the community.

Partnership for Jewish
Life and Learning
Fax: 240-283-6201
Offers and collaborates on programs that support special needs inclusion and disability services across the Greater Washington area with particular emphasis on professional development for educators: Jewish Disability Awareness Month; the Special Needs and Disabilities Jewish Resource Guide to Congregational Inclusion; hosting of the Synagogue Inclusion Committee Network; and administration of the Community Interpreter Fund. In addition, Special Needs Concierge helps individuals and families find appropriate Jewish educational experiences.

Raphael House
7715 Alaska Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
Contact: Rabbi Nathan Bogner
Offers assistance for people with emotional problems. Research into the causes of emotional disorders and preventive measures.

Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases
Einstein Healthcare Network
5501 Old York Rd.
Levy 2 West
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Works to ensure ongoing access to comprehensive genetic education, screening and counseling services through Jewish community education programs and screening programs for healthy individuals at risk for being carriers of a gene mutation for any one of the 19 preventable Jewish genetic diseases.

Washington Jewish
Healing Network
4707 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 104
Washington, DC 20008
Fax: 202-966-5422
Dr. Hausman: 202-494-1935
Rabbi Langner: 202-364-3006
Organization dedicated to providing spiritual and emotional care to area Jews living with illness, those caring for the ill, those who are bereaved, families experiencing estrangement and others. Offers short-term groups led by a psychologist and a rabbi, combining psychological and spiritual aspects. Community-wide healing service held at local synagogues; healing courses and synagogue programming, public speaking.

Yachad – Jewish Housing And Community Development Corp.
1666 Connecticut Ave., Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20009
Fax: 202-296-7365
Executive Director: Audrey Lyon
Yachad mobilizes the resources and volunteers from the Jewish community to repair affordable housing, community centers, and commercial developments, side-by-side with those being served, in the Greater Washington area. Work is based on the principles of tikkun olam and g’milut chasadim. Programs include Sukkot in Spring, Mitzvah Parties, Ramp it Up! and Faith-to-Faith. Visit website to find out more on how to get involved.


Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

jacs:Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically-dependent- persons, and Significant-others
A program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.
135 West 50th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Local meetings and programs.


A car donation program operated by the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, the Jewish Council for the Aging and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. Individuals who are looking to get rid of an extra car can donate to Car-J knowing that their one donation will be supporting three local agencies.

Chabad Lubavitch Center of Upper Montgomery County
Accepts all used cars.

hebrew Home
Development Office
Contact: Carolyn Lesesane
Donate your car and help the elderly. Tax deductible. Free towing.
Jewish Heritage
for the Blind
Accepts all used cars.

JSSA (Jewish Social
Service Agency)
301-585-CARS (2277)
JSSA is licensed and bonded to accept all vehicle donations.

Raphael House
Jewish Psychiatric Home
Accepts all used cars.

Yeshiva of Greater Washington
301-962-5111, ext. 1552
Accepts used cars. Cars must be driveable.

Thrift shops/ donations

Montgomery County
Thrift Shop
National Council of Jewish Women
7125 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20815
Clothing, housewares, books and jewelry. Donations welcome. Profits support charitable services.

Washington Hebrew Congregation
Carrie Simon House
Judy Protas
Accepts baby equipment: furniture, household items and clothing as needed.


JSSA (Jewish Social
Service Agency)
Main Office:
200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-309-2596
3018 Javier Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fax: 703-204-9590
JSSA offers evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents with emotional, social, behavioral, physical, psychological and cognitive challenges. Services include individual and family counseling; case management services; parent and family counseling; support groups and workshops; psychological and educational testing; information and referral services.

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