Philadelphia, PA • Since 1819

Founded in 1819, the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society is the oldest, Jewish charitable organization in continuous existence in the United States. Our core mission remains unchanged – to help Jewish women in financial crisis. During the fiscal year 2016-2017, over $128,449 was distributed to 203 women. Overhead not covered by directed donations was less than 1% of total expenditures.

  • Programs
    $44,169 distributed
    During the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2017, FHBS assisted 77 clients. Ninety-five grants were issued; the average grant was $465.00. Shelter, medical services and supplies and utilities continued to be the top requests for aid. Support for this program was provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Programs
    $24,357 distributed
    Ten women were assisted with grants of $125-$317 per month. Additionally, each woman received a $100 gift card from the supermarket of her choice to help with the cost of Passover food.
  • Programs
    $21,883 distributed
    Ninety-two frail, elderly women gained peace of mind with the addition of a personal emergency response system to their telephone equipment, enabling them to remain safely in their own homes. Twenty-three different women placed 55 calls for assistance.
  • Programs
    $17,810 distributed
    Fifty-three women received $50 pharmacy gift cards. This initiative was started in memory of our board member emerita, Lillian Tabas, and continues with the support of The Legacy Fund of Suburban Jewish Community Center Bnai Aaron.
  • Programs
    $20,230 distributed
    FHBS enabled 44 children from 28 families to attend 18 different day and overnight camps. This program was funded by Camp Council, National Council of Jewish Women and Seed the Dream Foundation.

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