Our COVID-19 Response


COVID-19 has affected so many people throughout our community. People have been sick, lost loved ones, lost their jobs, and struggled to feed their families - the effects of this pandemic are far-reaching. Here at JFCS, we realize that the best way to get through this is by helping each other out.

Our staff has been working to meet the needs of the community by forming new support groups, changing procedures for mental health counseling sessions, and keeping our food pantry well-stocked.  JFCS's services are open to anyone who requests our aid, regardless of religion, race, or creed.  

See below for links to some of our new and updated services.

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Mental Health



We have formed a number of COVID-19 related Support and Bereavement Groups.

All groups are currently held via Zoom and facilitated by a licensed clinician. There is NO FEE to participate.

Health Care Workers and First Responders 

Tuesdays at 7pm, four sessions beginning June 23rd


Individuals who have lost a Spouse/Partner to COVID-19

Thursdays at 11am, six sessions beginning June 25th


Individuals who have lost a Spouse/Partner to COVID-19 

Thursdays at 7pm, six sessions beginning June 25th 


Adults who have lost a parent to COVID-19 

Tuesdays at 8pm, six sessions beginning July 7th

New groups will be forming as sessions end. To register: groups@jfcsnnj.org

Learn more about other groups at JFCS at: jfcsnnj.org/groups




One-on-one therapy has always been available through JFCS. During these challenging times, we have started using teletherapy. Our compassionate staff can work with individuals, families, couples, adolescents and children to address:


  • Personal loss

  • Depression and/or anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Relationship issues

  • Other troubling life circumstances


All insurance accepted – Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. For those without insurance coverage, JFCS has a sliding fee scale.




“We can all use some comforting words of encouragement at this time.” Teaneck’s Deputy Mayor, Elie Y. Katz, has been hosting a series of mental health calls with different weekly speakers and focused on issues stemming from the pandemic such coping with stress, parenting in isolation, and more. Listen to the audio recordings that featured JFCS clinicians at: https://www.jfcsnnj.org/community-talks


Aid and Advocacy




The JFCS Food Pantry is open and fully stocked throughout the pandemic. The pantry stocks kosher and non-kosher perishable and non-perishable food items as well as household cleaning products. Due to coronavirus safety measures, the food pantry staff will pre-package bags of food for clients and set them up for contactless pickup by appointment. Please call our intake department at (201) 837-9090 to set up an appointment to receive food items.



There has been a 53% rise in Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) delivery requests since the beginning of the pandemic. Meals are delivered to homebound and isolated seniors, providing nutritionally balanced meals each week to those who might not otherwise have access to them. During the pandemic, volunteers make contactless drop offs to ensure the safety of the senior and the volunteer. For assistance, call 201-837-9090 or email info@jfcsnnj.org.



With unemployment rates rising due to the pandemic, it can be hard to suddenly find yourself without a job and no prospects in sight. Our Director, Sandra Leshaw is working with clients to offer advice on navigating the job search, resume writing, interview skill building, career mentoring, and skills/group workshops. For more information, contact Sandra at sandraL@jfcsnnj.org or (201) 837-9090.



COVID-19 has had a financial impact on many in our community. We are here for you. JFCS offers emergency benefits through FEMA for housing assistance, gift cards for food and medicine, and family case management to help clients navigate government benefits and community resources such as food stamps, Medicaid, and social security disability. Case managers will help clients create action plans that meet their immediate critical needs with long-term stabilization as the goal. Please call our intake department at (201) 837-9090 to receive more information.