Services in the Jewish Community

JVS was founded in 1938 by the Associated Jewish Philanthropies (now CJP) to help Jewish refugees fleeing Eastern Europe gain skills, secure jobs, build careers, and begin to achieve the American dream. Empowering immigrants and refugees to find their pathway to economic success remains part of JVS’s core mission, and we now serve nearly 17,000 individuals each year from over 65 different countries. The Jewish values of tikkun olam, tzedakah, and loving the stranger continue to guide JVS’s mission and services. To learn more about these values, click here.

JVS CareerSolution

JVS CareerSolution serves the Jewish and general community of professional-level job seekers and career changers through career counseling, job search assistance, workshops and peer support groups. JVS CareerSolution has special services for professionals age 40 and over, new graduates, and the economically vulnerable.

Transitions to Work

Transitions to Work provides an extensive training and internship program to enable young adults with disabilities to develop the skills needed for employment and place them into jobs that provide earnings and a sense of purpose. This model creates strong collaborations with employers to raise awareness about inclusive hiring practices and to engage corporate partners to consider young adults with disabilities as qualified, committed candidates for appropriate employment opportunities. Transitions to Work is a collaboration between CJP, JVS, and the Ruderman Family Foundation.

CJP Scholarship Fund

The CJP Scholarship Fund is partnership between CJP and JVS. Through this fund, qualifying undergraduate students can apply for tuition assistance.


Connections assists Jewish adults with severe and chronic mental illness to choose, obtain, and maintain meaningful employment or education while obtaining heightened independence and self-worth.

CJP Anti-Poverty Initiative

The CJP Anti-Poverty Initiative connects individuals and families in the Greater Boston Jewish community who are in, or at risk of, severe financial hardship with a full spectrum of services. These services include emergency access to food and financial assistance, job search support and help with public benefits.

Boston-Haifa Connection

JVS participates in the Ethiopian Jewry Committee of the Boston-Haifa Connection. We chair the subcommittee on employment for Shiluvim, a citywide integration program in Haifa. When Shiluvim was launched in 2006, the focus was on helping to prepare Ethiopians for their first job in Israel. Over the years, the focus has expanded to include career ladders, job upgrades, and entrepreneurship. JVS has consulted with our Haifa colleagues on creating and nurturing employer partnerships, especially within some of their hospitals.