JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE of Central New Jersey (JFSCNJ) was selected to receive a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) through their recently launched Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, this award will enable $293,333 in new programming for survivors in the Central New Jersey area.

JFNA launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care in the fall of 2015, following an award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for up to $12 million over five years to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust survivors in the United States. PCTI care promotes the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma victims by incorporating knowledge about the role of trauma in victims’ lives into agency programs, policies, and procedures.  

“It is critical that we deliver these lifesaving and life-enhancing services to Holocaust survivors,” said Mark Wilf, chair of JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative. “The past two years of this federal grant program have shown the deep impact that person-centered, trauma-informed services can have on Holocaust survivors.  We are grateful to partner with the government to augment this work.”

Through a series of innovative programs and in-home services for survivors, JFSCNJ will work to reduce social isolation. The caregivers will benefit from a combination of practical seminars and innovative stress-relieving workshops such as art and yoga therapy, cooking demonstrations, lectures, and in-home support.

Contact Alyssa Reiner,, or call 908-352-8375 if you are a survivor, caregiver of a Holocaust survivor, or know of anyone who would benefit from services through Jewish Family Service of Central NJ.

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