Jewish Family Service


3201 S. Tamarac Drive
Denver, CO 80231




President & CEO
Yana Vishnitsky

Year Established
Delivering specialized human services since 1872.

Service Area
JFS serves the metro Denver area, from Boulder to Castle Rock, and from Evergreen to Aurora.

Mission Statement
To enhance the well-being of those in need throughout the greater Denver community by delivering services based on Jewish values.
Jewish Family Service serves all people, regardless of age, race, faith, income, or ability.

Goals 2016
JFS will focus on providing services within its core competencies including:
• Services to help seniors live independently
• Mental health services for all populations, including school children, refugees, and immigrants
• Training, employment, and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Safety net services for people in crisis and facing hunger and homelessness

Fundraising Events: 

Yana! A Farewell Celebration
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
A gala event honoring retiring JFS president and CEO, Yana Vishnitsky, who has been with the agency for 38 years.

JFS Executive Luncheon
Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
The JFS Executive Luncheon, attended primarily by the business community, features a noteworthy speaker who promises a thought-provoking, meaningful, and entertaining afternoon for all to enjoy.
For details on these events, visit

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Jewish Family Service understands volunteers are a valuable resource that has an immeasurable impact, not only on our agency, but on our community as a whole. By becoming a volunteer, you give us the most precious gift of all – yourself.
There is a multitude of ways that individuals, organizations, and corporations can help make a difference in the life of just one person or in the well-being of the larger community.

Enhance the life of a person with a disability by participating in a variety of social, recreational, and cultural activities that help them lead dynamic and fulfilling lives.
Get involved as a group. Put your good intentions to use with some low-impact, high-yield volunteer projects.
Help fight hunger. Donate your time to the Weinberg Food Pantry and become a partner in the fight against hunger.
Ride the Lunchbox Express. Help feed Denver’s hungry children during the summer when they don’t have access to free or reduced-fee lunches.
Become part of our office staff. Work side-by-side with our staff to provide behind the scenes help that it takes for our organization to run smoothly.
Make a difference in the life of a senior./ Enhance the quality of life and reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness for our senior clients.

Contact: Nancy Benyamin, volunteer director, at 303-597-5000, or visit for a current list of volunteer opportunities.

Giving Opportunities: 

Support Jewish Family Service on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, 2016!
Annual program support –make a donation to support a specific program or make an unrestricted contribution
Tribute gifts in honor of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one
Event sponsorships
In-kind contributions (food, clothing, and small household goods)
Planned gifts (bequests, trusts, and life insurance)
Contact: Dawn Richard, development director, at 720-248-4605 or

Board of Directors: 


Jane E. Rosenbaum

Yana Vishnitsky
President and CEO

Eric Pollock
Immediate Past Chair

Charlie Gwirtsman

Laura Michaels

David Asarch

Adam Agron

Debbie Aleinikoff

Leanna Harris

Steve Kris

Barry Silvestain


Ed Barad

Carla Bartell

Jack Brodsky

Cary Chapman

Jason Cooper

Randy Davis

David Feiner

John Fiedler

David Friedman

Ken Glickstein

Will Gold

Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald

Aaron Hyatt

Gareth Heyman

Julian Izbiky

Carol Karshmer

John Keith

Mark Krivel

Linda Loewenstein

Christy Morris

Mindy Levy Peckar

Marty Rosenbaum

Jamie Sarché