Honoring a Community Leader at Hustle 4 Hunger York

On May 7th, the 16th annual Hustle 4 Hunger York Fun Run & Walkathon will be held at Springettsbury Park. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Register here.

The event will benefit the food pantries of the Project Manna program at JFS and the Northeast Neighborhood Association food bank.

Chrystal Sexton-McEachin

Chrystal Sexton-McEachin

We will dedicate our first lap in memory of Chrystal Sexton-McEachin, a local community leader and director of the Northeast Neighborhood Association for over 20 years. She was a matriarch of the York community, and her impact was felt in her neighborhood and throughout the city of York. Sexton-McEachin’s vision led to the unique partnership between JFS and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank. We will miss her energy and friendship.

For more information about Chrystal’s legacy, read this recent editorial in the York Dispatch.

All are invited to register/donate to the Hustle 4 Hunger York Fun Run and Walkathon on May 7th at Springettsbury Park. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, and to register online visit www.Hustle4HungerYork or by calling 717.843.5011.


A Celebratory Occasion for JFS

On March 19th, we held our Countdown to Spring Celebration event, during which we reviewed our past year’s accomplishments, honored our volunteers, and enjoyed brunch.

Please watch our special highlight video:

Have a look through the photos from the event. Photo credit: Marlene Denenberg.

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Thank you all who attended!

Adults of all ages need to have this conversation…

The following is a list of events being put on by the Your Life – Your Wishes Community Task Force. Click here to download the pdf of the flyer for these events.


Have you discussed “What if . . .”


If you were ill or injured and unable to speak, who would know what kind of care you would want? Regardless of your age or health condition, it is important to discuss your choices before a health crisis. Learn what you need to know to reduce confusion and stress, by making sure your wishes are known in advance. Completing the “Advance Directive” forms can be done without cost. The upcoming FREE events will include a few short videos followed by a panel discussion with a lawyer, doctor and social worker. These volunteers will share insights and offer the opportunity for questions and answers. All participants will receive a packet that includes Advance Directive forms and other helpful information. Please join us for this important conversation!

Register for an event near you:

  • Thursday, March 23, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Guthrie Memorial Library 2 Library Place Hanover, PA 17331
  • Saturday, April 1, 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Martin Memorial Library 159 E. Market Street York, PA 17401
  • Tuesday, May 30, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The Homewood Suites by Hilton 200 Masonic Drive York, PA 17406

These programs are offered at no cost. Refreshments will be served.
Call or email to register: (717) 851-2333 or dgogniat@wellspan.org

(Please indicate your name and program date.)

Click here to download the pdf of this flyer.

Click here to read about these events on the Your Life Your Wishes Task Force website.


JFS of York is proud to serve on the Your Life – Your Wishes Task Force along with the following partners:

Aligning Forces for Quality, ComforCare Home Care, Griest Himes Herrold Law, Hanover Hospital, Healthy York County Coalition, Hospice & Community Care, Lutheran Social Services of South Central PA, Memorial Hospital, OSS Health, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Visiting Angels, Wellspan Health, York College of Pennsylvania, York County Area Agency on Aging

Join us for our Countdown to Spring Celebration!

Food, Friends, Fun & Door Prizes

March 19th, 2017 | 10:30am-Noon

Brunch and Mandel Bread Tasting*

*Mandel Bread will be prepared by our former and current JFS Board of Directors. (A traditional Jewish dessert similar to Biscotti)

We are honoring our volunteers, partners and friends of Jewish Family Services of York, and highlighting programs and services at our 28th Annual Meeting. Can’t make it in person? Tune in on facebook live!



Sunday, March 19 at 10:30AM

JCC Auditorium

2000 Hollywood Drive

Please RSVP here by March 10

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date will be March 26th in the TBI Auditorium.



Legacy Program

Creating a Legacy gift is a way to ensure that the services and programs provided by JFS to people in the York community continue beyond an individual’s lifetime. In 2016, JFS embarked on a mission to create a Legacy giving program in partnership with Temple Beth Israel and the York Jewish Community Center. We are delighted to report that our combined goal of enrolling 25 donors has been achieved!  This is the first year of a 4 year effort, and we will always work to assure that these three important organizations will continue to serve this community into the future. JFS thanks the following legacy donors for their commitment to our future:

Patricia and Steve Arbetman

Tracy and Ron Benenson

Jessica and Kenneth Brein

Janice and Mark Illfelder

Joan and Steve Krechmer

Bryan and Allison Siegelman

Staying Connected in York

Did you know?

The Staying Connected program has provided
over 10,000 rides
to older adults in the York community.




Your Friends Gift Supports:

Dependable “door through door” rides

Continued engagement within the community

Help older adults stay connected
in York by making a
tax deductible donation to JFS!
You can reduce your taxes and change lives
through your generous contribution.

Donate Now.

Fighting Hunger in York

Did you know?


Project Manna distributes over 200 pounds of groceries per month to those in need in the York community. 

Help fight hunger in York by making a
tax deductible donation to JFS!
Your generosity will change lives
and reduce your taxes,
so please give generously.


Above: Local youth volunteering in the Project Manna food pantry


Your Friends Gift Supports:

  • Supplemental groceries and essential items for individuals and families in need

Your gift to the 2016 Friends Campaign today
will serve your neighbors in need today!
Your generosity changes lives, please give generously!

Donate Now.


Wise Options and Our Community

Did you know?

37% of York county residents are over 65 years old.




Your Friends Gift Supports:

  • Older adults, families, and caregivers

  • Compassionate guidance for difficult decisions

  • Crisis intervention and long term planning

Your gift to the 2016 Friends Campaign today
will serve your neighbors in need today!
Your generosity changes lives, please give generously!

Donate Now.


Humor for Hanukkah

It’s almost Hanukkah, and we thought you would enjoy a few giggles.

Enjoy this collection of laugh-worthy photos, illustrations, and jokes. Each captures an element of this holiday that reminds us of its joy its quirks. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Hanukkah from the JFS of York family to yours!

We’ll start with some dreidels:

Here are some “warm” Hanukkah sentiments:

Here are some real-life photos from the super market:


Here are the characters of our favorite Hanukkah foods: