In 1938, as the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe, the Vocational Service of the Associated Jewish Philanthropies of Boston (now CJP) was founded to assist Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Germany. The Vocational Service helped refugees gain skills, find employment, continue careers, and begin to build new lives here in America. For over 80 years, Jewish Vocational Service’s (JVS) mission and services have been guided by a set of core values of social justice, the dignity of each person, and the value of work, which while universal, are deeply rooted in traditional Jewish teachings. JVS’s Jewish values are important to understand and explain because they are our legacy from the Jewish community, inspiring our outreach and service to people of all backgrounds and identities.
Jewish Values and Heritage
JVS’s mission stands on the core values of social justice, the dignity of each person, and the value of work.
Jewish Re-Employment Program
JVS and CJP have partnered to provide employment support to the Greater Boston Jewish community.
Project EM is a national initiative bringing Jewish human agencies together to provide support to job seekers.
Israel and Global Jewish Communities
JVS participates with IGJC, a CJP community of proud and engaged global Jewish citizens dedicated to Israel and the Jewish people.
Disability Services: Connections
Connections provides 1:1 career counseling, job placement, and volunteer placement services to adults in the Jewish community with a disability.
Disability Services: TTW
JVS’s Transitions to Work program can help you launch your career through skills training, employer-based internships, job placement services, and ongoing support.
Support for Refugees
JVS and CJP have partnered to support refugees through the Together We Rise program.