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
    $58,654 distributed
    During the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2019, FHBS assisted 84 clients. One hundred and ten grants were issued; the average grant was $533. Shelter, medical services and supplies, utilities and home repairs continued to be the top priorities. Support for this program was provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Programs
    $28,500 distributed
    Thirteen women were assisted with grants from $150-$373 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
    $22,192 distributed
    Ninety-four frail, elderly women gained peace of mind with the connection of a personal emergency response system to their telephone equipment, enabling them to remain safely in their own homes. Twenty-one different women placed 67 calls for assistance.
  • Programs
    $16,000 distributed
    Forty-four women received $50 pharmacy gift cards. The program runs in six-month cycles, and most participants are continued for a second cycle on the recommendation of their case managers. 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
    $20,260 distributed
    FHBS enabled 52 children from 27 families to attend 23 different day and overnight camps. This program was funded by the Seed the Dream Foundation, Jackie & Alan Luria and the National Council of Jewish Women.

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