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Annual Max Block Food Pantry Challenge

Now through July 31, all monetary donations made to the Max Block Food Pantry will be matched thanks to the generosity of the Block family. 

Susan Zyserman volunteering at the Max Block Food Pantry

A View from the Pantry

For over six years Susan Zyserman has volunteered with The LJD Jewish Family & Community Services, delivering meals to Holocaust survivors, seniors or clients; helping with the Holiday Giving Program; and working in the Max Block Food Pantry.  We recently asked Susan about her experience volunteering and why it’s important to her. She shared the story of one of our food panty's clients. Below is a short excerpt:

One sight that comes to mind is an elderly man, likely in his early 80’s. Very clean-cut gentleman. Sharply dressed, most of the time in a full suit – even when it’s 100 degrees outside in the Florida heat. He walks to the food pantry and carries with him a rolling suitcase. I don’t know where he comes from, but I’m guessing it’s fairly close. 

He comes to the pantry as often as possible to get food for his family. I always wondered about him. I wondered where he lived, why he needed so much food, what his situation was, but of course, I never wanted to ask.

One day, he said to me, 'I bet you are wondering why I am here so often.' ...

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JFCS had 13 adoptions finalized at a Mother's Day Adoption Ceremony held at the Courthouse

These big events, held several times a year, are always so special. Everyone feels it. The majesty of the courtroom decorated for the big day, and the judges coming down from the bench to take pictures with the families afterwards. It is a true celebration.

Some of the new families include:

A grandmother who adopted her two teenage grandchildren after fostering them for most of their lives. While their siblings were reunified with their parent, the older two children preferred to stay with their grandmother.

After struggling with infertility, the Ambars became licensed as foster parents, and then found out that a baby in NICU (newborn intensive care unit) was available for adoption. They are now the proud parents of 6½ month old Lunasun.

8 month old Xiana wears a little helmet due to a head injury she sustained at the hands of her birth mother. She has been in foster care since she was 2 months old and now has a forever family.

Molly and Geoffrey Lane adopted seven children comprised of two sibling groups! Molly is a retired nurse and Geoffrey a retired respiratory specialist who previously had fostered several of the siblings who had special medical needs.

Upcoming Events

JFCS is looking for 2nd and 3rd generation Holocaust survivors who would like to share their family history in an effort to educate the greater Jacksonville area about the Holocaust. We'll be offering two informational initial meetings and will then use the summer to develop the presentations.

Zoom meeting options are: 
TUE, JUNE 21 at 4:00pm or WED, JUNE 22 at 10:00am
Contact Melissa WIlliams at to receive a zoom link
SUN, JUNE 26 at 8AM
Mickler's Landing

Join us for a rejuvenating morning at the beach. Gentle therapeutic yoga begins promptly at 8:15am followed by breakfast, mimosas and a relaxing morning at the beach. Bring a towel, water and beach chair. Carpooling is recommended. RSVP by June 22 to

Thank You

During Period Poverty Awareness Week JFCS partnered with Renewing Dignity to collect feminine hygiene products for our clients. Their team tells us they collected more items from their day at JFCS than at Sulzbacher, Feeding Northeast Florida, and BEAM combined.
Thanks to all who donated!
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Counseling Services

You don't need to be a referred client to access the counseling services we offer. Our therapists are here to work with you to overcome any mental health challenges you are experiencing. You don't have to deal with it on your own. All inquiries are confidential and the entrance and exit to our counseling services are separate from those of our main offices.

Tribute Cards

Our new tribute cards, designed exclusively for JFCS, can be purchased for a donation of $18 or more to support the JFCS program of your choice. Each card can be personalized with a message you create in addition to recognition of the fund you have chosen to support in their honor or memory, and mailed to the person you designate. 
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