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Caring for Those in Need

The mission of Jewish Federation’s Center for Social Responsibility is to identify and prioritize the critical social service needs of our community’s most disadvantaged members. The Center mobilizes human and financial resources to successfully address these needs, including hunger relief, economic security, job training and career counseling, and supports for those with special needs.

Why the Center’s work is critical

  • Food costs are rising, and over 11,000 Jews in the region face food insecurity.
  • State funding for hunger relief and senior and safety-net services is reduced.
  • Continued long-term unemployment still affects many in the region.


  • Offering comprehensive support for vulnerable seniors
  • Providing safety-net services for low-income individuals and families
  • Enabling self-sufficiency
  • Supporting social action and government affairs and community relations efforts

Programs & Services


Grants & Grantees

Every year Jewish Federation grants millions of dollars to support the Jewish community through organizations and agencies in Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world.

Mitzvah Food Project

Through food pantries and food donation programs, we provide basic staples in a caring and dignified manner to those in our community who are in need. All pantry locations welcome all who are in need, regardless of race, religion, income, gender or age.
Helping Seniors Age in Place

Northeast NORC

In collaboration with Catholic Health Care Services and partially funded by Pew Charitable Trust, our Northeast NORC program enables senior adults in certain Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods to continue living independently in their own homes.