Statement adopted by the Board of Directors, July 07, 2022

Jul 7, 2022

“Jewish Family Services is a human service agency committed to tikkun olam, repairing the world. Three questions asked thousands of years ago by Rabbi Hillel provide our framework for action:  

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? 

But if I am only for myself, what am I?  

If not now, when?   

Our shared values compel us to help people in need, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, or economic circumstance.  

Our agency’s mission is to help individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and emotional stability. The way we accomplish this mission is guided by the principle of self-determination. We meet each person where they are, strive to understand their needs, help them establish a plan to move forward, and empower them to achieve their goals. Our services are offered confidentially and without judgment, honoring the inherent dignity in each person.  

The values and mission that drive our work compel us to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rescind the constitutional right to abortion. We are deeply concerned about the effect this decision will have on the lives of women and families as well as the disproportionate impact it will have on many of the individuals we serve: Black and Brown women, the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those experiencing poverty. The decision will exacerbate the mental health crisis our community already faces, and it will harm the ability of individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and emotional stability.  

As a human service agency built upon Jewish values, we believe religious freedom, personal privacy, and self-determination are essential. We are committed to supporting women and their families and to ensuring all people have access to the care they need.” 

Pam Gurwin, Board Chair 

Karen B. Mozenter, CEO