JRA's work is fueled by volunteers of many ages and backgrounds - from students to seniors, Jews and non-Jews - all united by a common commitment to help those in need to strengthen our community. Through community service, JRA nourished body and soul.
Every month volunteers pack and deliver boxes of nutritious kosher food to low-income individuals and families in Greater Philadelphia. Volunteers pick up the boxes, along with select additional items, from our warehouse in Northeast Philadelphia and follow a "route packet" of directions to recipient homes. Due to COVID-19, monthly deliveries are made on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays once a month. JRA has implemented a number of safety procedures.
During the pandemic, to help isolated seniors connect with the community, JRA started a Friendly Phone Calls program. The program is designed to pair a warm volunteer with a senior who is experiencing the effects of social isolation for a weekly phone call, anywhere from around 15 - 45 minutes. Each volunteer will be paired with one senior to build a lasting relationship and speak weekly. If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, please follow the link to fill out the interest form.
Please use this form to submit your weekly reports.
During this unprecedented time of extreme social isolation, bring the sunshine into our recipient's homes through art! It can be simple, it can be complex, it can be crayons, markers, paint, stickers, whatever you have at home. Mail your completed masterpiece to JRA and we will be sure to get it in the hands of our recipients. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Jewish Relief Agency
225 E City Ave, Suite 210
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Passionate about social justice? Want to help those in need? Want a hands-on but socially distant community service experience? Then a JRA B'nai Mitzvah project is right for you!
Through 10 hours of service, students can participate in the following volunteer opportunities:
After completing your project, JRA will honor you with a certificate of completion and a t-shirt!
Ready to get signed-up? Email Maddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JRA was founded in 2000 by then 20-something Marc Erlbaum, a group of his friends, and mentor Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, who were eager to make a direct impact locally by providing food for those who needed it most. JRA began as an organization energized by young professionals.
JRA’s Leadership Academy empowers young adults with heart and talent to take action against hunger in Philadelphia, through understanding our mission and values, enhancing leadership skills, and prioritizing a philanthropic mindset.
Yellow Cappers are JRA ambassadors both within the warehouse and in the community. These long-time volunteers hold crucial jobs in the warehouse during monthly Food Distributions and have committed to attending at least 8 Food Distributions a year. You can identify them by their yellow shirts and caps!
JRA’s Junior Yellow Capper program gives students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to join JRA’s Yellow Cappers. This junior leadership team assists at JRA monthly Food Distributions.
JRA's Groceries Direct Program provides high-need individuals and families with additional support through the purchase and delivery of perishable food items. The program is great for volunteers seeking to help through a no-contact opportunity.
A list of families to shop for will be updated in the future.
Host a collection/drive with your synagogue, church, or organization. JRA can accept the following full-sized, unopened, and not expired items: kosher canned tuna, toilet paper, paper towels, square tissue boxes, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, and adult incontinence supplies.