Philadelphia, PA • Since 1819

Envisioning a world where Jewish women are free from financial struggles and can move toward self-sufficiency and economic security

Guided by Jewish values, the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society of Philadelphia has been providing immediate assistance to local, Jewish women in financial crisis since 1819, always upholding the privacy, dignity and self-respect of those we serve.

  • Programs
    $43,132 distributed
    During the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2018, FHBS assisted 71 clients. Ninety grants were issued; the average grant was $479. Shelter, medical services and supplies, and home repair continued to be the top requests for aid. Support for this program was provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Programs
    $27,270 distributed
    Thirteen women were assisted with grants of $150-$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
    $22,045 distributed
    Eighty-six 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. Seventeen different women placed 28 calls for assistance.
  • Programs
    $13,110 distributed
    Thirty-five women received $50 pharmacy gift cards. This initiative was started in memory of our board member emerita, Lillian Tabas, continued with the support of The Legacy Fund of Suburban Jewish Community Center Bnai Aaron and is now funded by The Josephine Cohen Charitable Foundation.
  • Programs
    $16,180 distributed
    FHBS enabled 36 children from 22 families to attend 19 different day and overnight camps. This program was funded by the Seed the Dream Foundation and the National Council of Jewish Women.

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