Family Services

Formerly Jewish Family Services

A special thanks to Our York Media for covering this important partnership. View the article here

The York JCC’s Family Services department provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the greater York community in order to enhance their quality of life.

Have questions about Family Services?

Contact Whitney Poole, Family Services Manager | wpoole@yorkjcc.org | 717.843.0918, extension 181

Programs & Services

Project Manna Food Pantry

Project Manna Food Pantry helps individuals and families who cannot afford to buy sufficient food, either temporarily or long-term.

If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, please contact Whitney Poole, Family Services Manager, at wpoole@yorkjcc.org or 717.843.0918, extension 181.

Monetary donations or donations of non-perishable, shelf-stable food and paper products are always welcome. Donations can be made at the front desk. We especially need:

  • Canned soup (Tomato, Veggie)
  • Canned Vegetables & Fruit (in natural juice, no sugar added)
  • Grains: Rice & Pasta
  • Meatless Spaghetti Sauce
  • Peanut Butter, Jelly, & Jams (12 or 16 oz.)
  • Granola Bars
  • Unsweetened Cereal
  • Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Canned Tuna
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Paper Towels & Tissues (single packs only, no bulk items)
  • Napkins (100 count)
  • Toilet Paper (4-roll packs, no bulk items)
  • Laundry Detergent (Fragrance Free, 40 oz.)
  • Dish Cleaner (24 oz.)
  • Coffee & Tea
J Ride Staying Connected Transportation Program

We’re here to help seniors stay independent! Maintaining our independence, and being able to remain in our own homes, are often major concerns as we grow older. The things we need to do —  finding transportation to a medical appointment — are no longer so easy if we don’t drive any more. That’s where Staying Connected comes in. We can help you, or your aging parents, continue to accomplish the everyday tasks of life.

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For information or to become a rider, call 717-843-0918, extension 181 or email Whitney Poole at wpoole@yorkjcc.org.

Tuesday Club | Ages 55+

Tuesday Club meets weekly and provides educational programming for adults 55+. Topics include group discussions of current events, history, law, culture, wellness, and the arts.

Tuesdays | 10:30 AM – 12 PM | Auditorium

Bi-Annual Fee $20 M | $30 NM
Per Session Fee $5 M | $10 NM (must pre-register 1 week in advance)

Non-members must present photo ID at the Front Desk before entering.

2024 SPRING 1 PROGRAMMING

March 5 – Digital Books Workshop with Jill Western, Member Services Librarian

March 12 – Mysterious Stones of the Isle of Man with Charles Kauffman, Adjunct Professor at York College of Pennsylvania

March 19 – Simplify and Thrive: Improving Well-Being through Organization with Katie McCallister, Certified Pro-Organizer and Owner of Susquehanna Organizing and Susquehanna Closet & Garage Design

March 26 – Anthropology 101 with Adriel Resh, BA in Anthropology and new JCC Director of Jewish Life and Culture

April 2 – The Price is Right! with Donna Strine, Senior Life Outreach Coordinator

April 9 – From Exodus to Matzah Ball Soup: An Exploration of Passover with Rabbi Marshal Klaven of KEIRUV (This program is sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania).

April 16 – Vintage Wash Day with Robert Lee, Wringer Center for Higher Learning (This program is sponsored by the York County Community Foundation’s Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging).

April 23 – The Overstory of Climate Change in the Age of Humans with Keith Peterman, York College Professor

April 30 – Biology of the Spotted Lanternfly with Jason Reed, Master Gardener Coordinator for Penn State Extension

May 8 – SPECIAL EVENT – Off-site Event at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to see Ragtime, the Musical (note, this date is a WEDNESDAY – click link below for pricing information)

May 14 – Travel Trends with Vickie Everhart, Chief Experience Officer/Director of Sales & Marketing with Krouse Travel

May 21 – Cigar Box Guitar Seminar and Concert with Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar (This program is sponsored by the York County Community Foundation’s Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging).

For information or to join a group, call 717-843-0918, extension 181 or email Whitney Poole at wpoole@yorkjcc.org.

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In the event of inclement weather, please check your email and the JCC website for updates. Every effort will be made to let you know the evening before.

Men's Think Tank & Stitches of Love

Men’s Think Tank

Come join the guys for lunch at a variety of different local restaurants. For information or to join a group, call 717-843-0918, extension 181, or email wpoole@yorkjcc.org.
Meets: Third Thursday of each month, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 21, 2024
Stonybrook Family Restaurant • 3560 East Market Street, York

April 18, 2024
Village Green Restaurant • 2300 East Market Street, York

Stitches of Love

Knit with us — for a good cause. Our volunteers have made thousands of hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters and donated them to needy children and adults here in York and around the world. Beginners welcome! We also meet with a similar group from Luther Memorial Lutheran Church.
Meets: Second Thursday at Luther Memorial Church
Third Wednesday of each month in the York JCC Adult Lounge

For information or to join a group, call 717-843-0918, extension 181 or email Whitney Poole at wpoole@yorkjcc.org.

Community Resources & Referral Services

Community Resources & Referral Services

Our Family Services Department offers a wide range of comprehensive resources and referral services, click below to learn more.
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History

The history of the JCC’s Family Services, formerly Jewish Family Services (JFS)

1988—Founded as a social service agency for York’s Jewish community. Its part-time executive director, Joan Krechmer, works out of a small office in the JCC basement in downtown York.

1989—Moves to the new JCC near Queensgate and provides core services of case management and outreach. Other initial programs reach out to the growing number of interfaith families, and to B’nai Mitzvot and their families in an effort to return the lifecycle event to its spiritual foundation.

1990—Brings together the York Jewish community to resettle the Milners, the first of five Jewish families resettled to York after fleeing the disintegrating Soviet Bloc.

1990s—Involves teens in mitzvah projects on topics as diverse as AIDS, aging and animal welfare using grants from the Freas Foundation and the York Foundation. This begins a tradition of intergenerational programming.

1993—Joins a regional Jewish Connections program for singles.

1993—Begins coordinating the Jewish community’s monthly volunteersupport for Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

1994—Parenting educator Jessica Brein offers classes and several years later launches The Parenting Place to improve communication skills.

1995—Wins the first of 14 Kovod Awards from the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, recognizing excellence in programs and publications. The first award recognizes JFS’s quarterly newsletter.

1999—Receives first grant from Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger.

2000—The Project Manna food pantry begins operation.

2000—Renown Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein speaks in York to celebrate JFS’s anniversary.

2002—Staying Connected, an escorted senior transportation program, begins with a $25,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. Linda Love coordinates the program that brings together six congregations.

2002—The first Hunger Walk-A-Thon is held on the Rail Trail.

2003—Begins offering guardianship services throughout the York community; in 2008, Joan Krechmer becomes one of the area’s two National Certified Guardians.

2003—The High Holy Day Food Drive is launched.

2004—The Lunch Bunch for women coalesces, fostering and reigniting friendships. Two years later, the Men’s Think Tank follows suit.

2004—Betty Hoke helps JFS launch Stitches of Love.

2007—Working with Jewish War Veterans President Jerry Cohen and his wife Toby, JFS launches an interfaith, intergenerational Veterans Memorial Day project, bringing together York Catholic High School students, and Jewish teens and adults to place flags on graves.

2008—Executive Director Joan Krechmer becomes a certified geriatric care manager, launches the Wise Options program.

2008—A 20th anniversary gala at the Out Door Country Club honors JFS founding father Allan Dameshek.

2009—Staying Connected joins with the Area Agency on Aging to recruit Medicare counseling volunteers, expanding the APPRISE counseling program.

2009—More than five years after its website debut, JFS joins Facebook and promotes its first Band Together for a Cause fundraiser.

2010—Partnering with York College Gerontology Professor Mary Ligon, JFS launches an oral history project involving students and seniors.

2010—Assumes oversight of Veterans Memorial Project and annual community Memorial Weekend Service at South Hill Hebrew Cemetery.

2011—Joins the Embracing Aging Initiative Committee of the York County Community Foundation. The next year, JFS produces video profiles of three active area seniors, funded by a foundation grant.

2013—With a grant from the state justice institute, consults with the York County Court System to develop a model guardianship education and training program.

2021—JFS is officially acquired by the York Jewish Community Center.

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