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.

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    $110,989 distributed
    During the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2021, FHBS assisted 111 clients. The average grant was $794. Top areas of need were shelter, medical services and supplies, and utilities. Larger grants could be given this year due to the additional $60,775 grant from the JFGP Maimonides Fund. Support for this program was also provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
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    $24,547 distributed
    Nine women received stipends of $150-$373 per month and a $100 supermarket gift card for Passover.
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    $20,525 distributed
    83 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. Eleven different women placed 31 calls for assistance.
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    $15,313 distributed
    46 women received $50 or $100 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.
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    $22,728 distributed
    FHBS served 51 children from 23 unduplicated families last summer. 33 campers from 17 families attended 15 different day and overnight camps. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, 9 families were given funding to buy recreational items in lieu of camp (tennis lessons, a bicycle, etc.) for 18 children. This program was funded by the Seed the Dream Foundation, Jackie & Alan Luria and the National Council of Jewish Women.

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