June 21, 2022

150th Anniversary

We are turning 150!

Celebrate with us this year as we mark 150 years as an organization serving Utahans in need!

Jewish Family Service will celebrate this momentous occasion with events throughout the coming months, including an Open House event on Thursday, September 1 and a match sponsor challenge for our supporters to help us raise $150,000 this year!

“As we head into our 150th anniversary year, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has put their heart, soul, effort, and good work into our beloved JFS to make our community and our world a better place,” said Darcy Amiel, current Board of Directors President.

JFS of Utah started all the way back in 1872 - 24 years before Utah’s statehood - as the Hebrew Women’s Benevolent Society.  Their main objectives were to aid Jewish transients heading west and bring relief to the destitute. Among the founding members of the Society were the wives of 29 prominent Jewish businessmen, including Ida Bamberger, whose husband Simon would become the first non-Mormon, and only Jewish Governor of Utah.

Through 150 years, and one name change, Jewish Family Service of Utah has continued the work of these founding women.  JFS supports, strengthens, and restores hope to all whom we serve. Whether offering affordable mental health counseling in both Spanish and English, granting emergency funds to families facing homelessness and other devastating crises, providing resources and comfort to older adults and their caregivers, or stocking our food bank to feed 9,000 people annually, JFS’ highly qualified professional staff provides a comprehensive and holistic system of care for the many needs of our clients.

“At JFS, our goal has always been to provide the necessary support and skills to empower a person or a family to create a vibrant, connected and sustainable community,” said Ellen Silver, Executive Director for the past 14 years.

Your support is the most direct way to make an impact in our community and ensures that JFS can sustain our mission of helping all people through life’s challenges for decades to come.

If you are interested in supporting our 150th Anniversary campaign, please email Nicole Levy or call 801-746-4334.