Jewish Community Resources

Gesher Human Services (formerly JVS Human Services)

Gesher Human Services helps people meet life challenges affecting their self-sufficiency through counseling, training and support services in accordance with Jewish values of equal opportunity, compassion, responsibility and the steadfast belief that the best way to help people is to make it possible for them to help themselves. Contact Gesher for programs and services to address job training, career guidance and financial counseling.


Jewish Detroit’s resource for connecting you to the help you need.

Jewish Family Service

JFS provides personalized social and mental health services to individuals and families in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Each year JFS serves 12,000 people of all ages, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, through a variety of programs.

Jewish Family Service believes in a philosophy of individualized assistance that supports the whole person, not just the immediate concern, through collaboration in and outside of the Jewish community. JFS partners with individuals and families, using people’s strengths to solve problems.

Jewish Senior Life

Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit is dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults in our Jewish community through the provision of personalized, high quality programs and services that support aging with dignity and choice.

Tamarack Camps

Since 1902, this summer camping program has enriched the health, soul and spirit of Jewish children of all backgrounds. Committed to assuring each camper a meaningful Jewish experience, Tamarack Camps offers the time and place for exploration and discovery. In an informal camp setting, Jewish culture and values are woven into the fabric of daily life.

Yad Ezra

Yad Ezra opened its doors in 1990 with the purpose of providing kosher food to needy Jewish families in Southeastern Michigan. The founders of Yad Ezra learned that there were impoverished Jews living in the community who relied heavily on government assistance programs, including food stamps.

Yad Ezra was founded to alleviate some of their clients’ financial burdens by distributing groceries on a monthly basis to families in need. During 1990, Yad Ezra served an average of 250 families every month. Current statistics indicate that they provide an average of 1,600 impoverished families (almost 3,600 individuals) with food, health care items and household goods every month. In addition, Yad Ezra distributes appropriate foods that help enhance the clients’ celebration of every Jewish holiday.

Everyone at Hebrew Free Loan was incredibly kind, and now we have Pearl.

- Rachel and Aaron Schwartz, who received a personal loan from HFL to pay for in vitro fertilization.