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Mission & History

JFSRI was established in 1929 to help people of all religions and from all walks of life navigate social services to make their lives safer, healthier, and happier.

Our mission is to sustain, nurture, and strengthen the emotional and general wellbeing and stability of families and individuals through the life cycle, within the framework of Jewish tradition and values.

JFSRI is a Rhode Island-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service organization. We serve individuals and families in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic status.


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.    – Adopted by the Board of Directors on December 3, 2015