Charleston Jewish Federation (Charleston, SC)


  • Name:Kelly Stellrecht
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Charleston Jewish Federation
  • Address:176 Croghan Spur Rd
    Ste 100
    Charleston, SC 29407
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:843-614-6481

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS) is to provide financial and emotional support and assistance to those in need of help. CJFS is guided by the values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repair of the world).

  • Overview:
  • The Charleston Jewish Federation was established in 1960 in order to bring under one umbrella the multiple Jewish organizations in Charleston. Its mission is to build and sustain Jewish life in Charleston, Israel, and around the world.

    Charleston Jewish Family Services (CJFS) is a division of the Charleston Jewish Federation. The mission of CJFS is to provide financial and emotional support to those in need of help in our community. Guided by the values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repair of the world), CJFS uses a holistic approach to helping those in need.

    Helping a client meet an immediate need such as food insecurity, combined with long term case management and mental health counseling services will help lead to the ultimate goal of emotional stability and eventual self-sufficiency.

    Mental health services are offered through CJFS through individual counseling sessions, marriage and relationship counseling, and group therapy settings. We work with each individual client to assess needs and deliver the highest quality mental health services.

    Because cost can be a barrier for those who seek mental health treatment, and many insurance plans do not cover mental health, CJFS offers these mental health services at no cost to the client. We believe that these resources and wellness supports will contribute to the overall well being of our clients, leading them to be higher functioning members of the community.

    In 2016, CJFS is hosting a mental wellness lecture series that will provide the entire Charleston community with access to topics such as grief management, mindfulness and relaxation training, and parenting skills. These lectures will be free of charge for the entire community.

  • History:
  • Charleston Jewish Family Services grew from an intense need for more community resources for those in financial and emotional distress. In 2013, CJFS joined 125 other Jewish communities in North America by becoming a member of the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA). CJFS provides comprehensive resources to the greater Charleston community, including financial assistance for housing and utilities, mental health counseling, support groups, and case management.

    Clients turn to CJFS in times of economic distress and emergency financial situations. CJFS offers rent, mortgage, utilities, transportation, and medical related issues assistance to qualified clients. In 2014, CJFS contributed to families in the following ways:

    • CJFS provided mental health counseling services 145 times.
    • CJFS provided 650 referrals to other local resources.
    • The Community Kosher Food Pantry distributed distributed 19,255 pounds of food and served 1,319 families in the Lowcountry, as well as 3,112 pounds of fresh produce through the gleaning program.
    • CJFS helped cover costs of prescription medication and doctor visits not covered by insurance 74 times, helping to alleviate major stress on families in need.
    • CJFS helped families pay their mortgage or rent 70 times, allowing them to stay in their homes instead of facing eviction or foreclosure.
    • CJFS paid water and electric bills 79 times, helping struggling families keep the lights on and stay warm during the cold winter months and the air conditioning on during the harsh heat of the summer.
    • CJFS paid for transportation 39 times.

    CJFS has experienced more families at risk of becoming homeless this past year than ever before. Financial assistance is provided along with case management and counseling with the goal of emotional and financial stability and eventual self-sufficiency.

    CJFS believes that serving the most vulnerable members of the community with dignity will lead to self-sufficiency and positive social functioning in all of our clients. By providing emergency financial assistance, families no longer have to let one setback such as a medical emergency or losing one's job spiral into a permanent state of economic distress.

  • Year established:1960
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:18
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:2


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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