What’s New at JFSRI

JFS Board of Directors votes to support a proposed merger with JSA and continue to take necessary steps to bring a merger to fruition. read more

May is Older Americans Month! – Established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the month of May has been designated to celebrate the contributions older adults make in the United States. Now more than ever, we see older adults continuing to stay engaged in the work force, politics, their communities, and the arts. This year’s theme, Age Out Loud, hopes to promote awareness of the value of our senior citizens and their impact on their communities and to inspire others to stay engaged. JFS gives a shout out of gratitude to all the older adults who participate in our programs, benefit from our services, volunteer to support our organization, and have remained friends with us through the years.

Approximately 20 clergy participated in the first Interfaith Clergy Renew and Reconnect Retreat on May 16, 2017 presented by Jewish Family Service and Thrive.  Financially supported by the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI.



Statement of Social Justice – As a people who have experienced and understand the implications of being a minority, it is a defining value to speak out on behalf of the disadvantaged and work toward justice wherever possible. In the daily work of Jewish social service agencies, we serve many people who struggle with poverty, hunger, and lack of opportunity. We believe that every person carries a divine spark within, and as such deserves dignity and respect. We believe that the path to a stronger community rests on building connections among us that promote collective strength, not isolation. This is the time to grow in understanding and compassion, and to act to address these concerns. Together, our actions will take root so that poverty, hunger, and prejudice no longer have a place in our communities.

The Senior Café menus are available to view: Providence Temple Menu June  Cranston Temple Menu June

Partners in Care– Find out more about our new partnership with AmeriCorps and see how it will help Caregiving Families in Rhode Island. Partners in Care

The Providence Kosher Senior Café has temporarily relocated to Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Avenue, Providence while the Dwares JCC undergoes extensive renovations. Please park and enter on the Morris Avenue side of the building for easy access to the social hall where meals are served Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.

The Kosher Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers. More information is available here.


Hours & Closings

JFSRI is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Monday through Thursday and from 8:30am to 4:00pm on Friday. Evening hours are by appointment.