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Jewish Social Services of Madison is a non-profit human services agency that provides compassionate and effective support services for individuals and families. Inspired by the values of Jewish tradition, JSS serves people of all ages, religions, backgrounds and lifestyles, with a strong commitment to the Jewish community.

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 A Message from the Board of Directors

Linda Reivitz, President of the Board of Directors of Jewish Social Services of Madison, announced today that the Executive Director of JSS, Terrie Goren,  has resigned her position effective this spring.

Terrie has served in this position since 2010.  Under her leadership, JSS has served over 900 clients annually, positioned itself as a well-established independent agency, enhanced social programming for seniors, and held several successful community celebrations. 

Terrie, reflecting on her tenure at JSS stated:  “I have enjoyed working with our board, staff, volunteers and entire community to ensure that JSS remains relevant and strong.  During my tenure we have been actively engaged in establishing ourselves as a strong and vibrant social service agency that continually strives to meet the needs of the community.  Our strength is immense and permeates through the staff, the board, our large corps of volunteers and through the commitment of hundreds of donors.  I have seen tremendous growth in our agency. Being at the helm and working with our staff and board as we evolve has been an inspiring process and I am very proud of all that has been accomplished.  I will leave knowing that JSS is well grounded and positioned to continue in its efforts of providing social services in the community.”

Terrie successfully led the agency through a unique time.  “She came to JSS at a time of staff and organizational change,” Reivitz said, “which is always challenging.  She has shown tremendous commitment to the agency and the clients we serve.  And that is reflected in the high regard JSS has in our community.  We wish her every success in her future endeavors.” 

The JSS Board has begun a search for her replacement.  Those interested may look here for the position description. Applications should be sent to


2015 is the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act. (Base on an article by Bob Blancato*)

Why Does the Older Americans Act Matter?

It matters because of what it provides and the outcomes it produces. Its programs and services have achieved the main goal of the Act when it was passed — to allow older adults to remain independent, either in their community or in their homes. It is worth noting that the Act, by law, targets its services to those in the greatest economic or social need, with particular attention to low-income minorities, rural residents and those with limited English proficiency. (Read more here...)

Programs for Seniors

March 02, 2015 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Lechayim Celebrates Purim! 11:30-12:00  Yoga from a chair with Alice Loew
12:00-1:00   Corn Chowder with tortilla strips, Mexican Lasagna (veg), Orange Jicama Salad, Hamentaschen
1:00-2:00 ...

March 06, 2015 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Please join your neighbors, volunteers and Jewish Social Services staff for candle lighting, challah, wine, songs and discussion to usher in Shabbat, with music by Les Goldsmith and the assistance of ...

March 09, 2015 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

11:30-12:00 Yoga from a chair with Betsy Haimson
12:00-1:00   Fish and Fennel Stew, Oyster Crackers, Garlic Wilted Kale, Fresh Fruit Salad, Mini Éclairs & Cream Puffs
1:00-2:00    Laura Heis...

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