Jewish Family Service


3201 S. Tamarac Drive
Denver, CO 80231




President & CEO
Shepard Nevel

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 2018
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
• Employment services for all, including those with significant barriers to employment
• Safety net services for people in crisis and facing hunger and homelessness

Fundraising Events: 

The Faces of JFS Winter Gala
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt
A gala event celebrating the diversity of clients served by JFS.

JFS Executive Luncheon
Wednesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Held in the spring, 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 that volunteers have 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 are a multitude of ways that individuals, organizations, and corporations can help make a difference in the life of just one person or on the well-being of the greater 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 services director, at 303-597-5000, or visit for a current list of volunteer opportunities.

Giving Opportunities: 

• Support Jewish Family Service on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5, 2017!
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: 


Charlie Gwirtsman

Shepard Nevel
President and CEO

Leanna Harris
Vice Chair

Cary Chapman
2nd Vice Chair

Jane E. Rosenbaum
Immediate Past Chair

Jason Cooper

David Asarch
Executive Committee Member

Steve Kris
Executive Committee Member

Laura Michaels
Executive Committee Member

Eric Pollock
Executive Committee Member


Adam Agron

Jonathan Alpert

Michael Asarch

Ed Barad

David Feiner

David Friedman

Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald

Gareth Heyman

Aaron Hyatt

Julian Izbiky

Carol Karshmer

John Keith

Mark Krivel

Linda Loewenstein

Lorez Meinhold

Christy Morris

Mindy Levy Peckar

Marty Rosenbaum

Jamie Sarché

Barry Silvestain