JFS Delivers Handmade

Holiday Cards to Over 200 Clients

Dr. Josh Levin, a long-standing volunteer, hand-crafted over 200 beautiful Chanukah and Christmas cards, which were delivered to JFS clients in the hopes of brightening their holiday spirit in these unprecedented times. Julie Hirsch, JFS Director of Community Outreach asked Josh, who has shared his artistic expertise with card-making workshops at Let’s Do Lunch! if he would help with the holiday card program, and Josh was so thrilled to quickly get right to work.
Dr. Levin, originally from New York, made his way to Los Angeles and then to the Coachella Valley. Josh, a retired Orthodontist, has also enjoyed careers in house flipping and art.
Josh found a balanced blend of his parents stating, “My mother was an artist and my father an Orthodontist!” Josh is a talented sculptor, painter, glass mosaic, and collage artist and is proud to display his work at home bringing color and 3-D excitement to the eye complementing its unique architecture.
Josh’s love for teaching art classes stems from when his mother was residing in assisted living and needed an artistic distraction and outlet. “The class that brings me the most joy is the collage card making class because everyone leaves with something finished that they can give to others,” said Dr. Levin.
What better way to share sentiments than by sending a handmade, hand-written, good old fashion greeting card?

Case Management

Our experienced case managers assist in exploring resources. They assess clients’ eligibility for services and programs and can help facilitate the application process to obtain benefits and support.
Our case managers are a resource for the Coachella Valley, providing emergency financial assistance to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.
JFS also works with local and county organizations to advocate for the rights of Valley residents. The JFS case management team takes a holistic service approach, collaborating with internal departments to ensure clients’ needs are addressed. We are dedicated to making sure that mental health and basic needs issues stay front and center for our Valley citizens.
Jewish Federation of the Desert is proud to provide grants to support JFS programs in the following four categories: Senior Care Management, Ner Tamid “Eternal Light,” which is part of Café Europa, Mental Health Outpatient Treatment and Let’s Do Lunch! Also, if you have at least one Jewish parent (or converted to Judaism) and meet the criteria, you’ll be referred to JFED’s Tzedakah Fund. 

2021 Student Midyear Summit

Enhancing Mental Wellness

Friday, January 15 (1:00-2:00p.m.)
This session provides professional development tools and resources to help students become more competitive candidates for internships and future employment. Presenter: Oscar Fonseca, CSUSB.
This year’s 2021 OFCV Midyear Summit virtual series will be focusing on Enhancing Mental Wellness. They’ll provide you with tools to help you achieve balance in life’s constantly changing environment. The summit will also provide you with networking opportunities with peers/alumni and community members.

Telehealth Counseling for the Entire Family

Make an appointment TODAY for telehealth counseling, or if you know someone who needs counseling or financial assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@jfsdesert.org or 760-325-4088.
760-325-4088 ext. 121
760-325-4088 ext. 0
760-325-4088 ext. 250

Your IRA is a Tax-Saving Way to

Make Your Charitable Gift to JFS Desert

Your Support Helps our
Valley Survive and Thrive!
When you plan a gift to JFS Desert as part of your overall estate and financial plans, you help ensure that we’ll be here to carry out our mission for many years to come. If you are 70.5 years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit JFS Desert and receive tax benefits in return.
Your gift will be put to great use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.
For More Information: Cheryl Scarlett, 760-325-4088 ext. 107, or by e-mail

Consider a 2021 Tribute…

They Make a Difference!

Let JFS help you honor someone special in your life by sending a unique personalized tribute card. A minimum donation of only $18.
For a Minimum Donation of $18
You’ll Support These Life-Saving Programs

Counseling for everyone

Homeless prevention

Financial aid for families and seniors

Lunches for isolated seniors in the Coachella Valley

Emergency services for our local undocumented residents


How JFS Desert Provides Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JFS By the Numbers:

Our counselors have provided over 5,000 individual therapy sessions since the pandemic began.

Our amazing case managers have provided over 3,600 services and referrals providing $80,000 in support directly or by connecting clients to services.

JFS has received over 4,000 calls for case management service.

Visit the JFS Resource page on the website, which provides valuable information that can steer you toward the specific help you need whether it is Emergency Housing, Food Assistance, Crisis Hotlines, and more!