Jewish Family Services of Greenwich is a non-profit social services agency serving the greater Greenwich community. We provide mental health therapy, Jewish-themed programming, senior assistance, and immigration counseling. JFS of Greenwich is a refugee resettlement agency through HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and actively partners with local social services agencies to help families with economic challenges. Our counseling services accept most insurance plans. All other services rely on donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and government grants.
- Counseling for individuals and families, and neuro-psych educational testing of children — in-network with most health insurance companies
- Therapeutic support groups
- Programs to strengthen the Jewish identity and connection
- Grocery shopping and friendly visits for senior citizens in Greenwich
- Refugee Resettlement
- Community-integration services for immigrants
- Volunteer and community service opportunities
Founded in 1983, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich exists to improve the lives of families and individuals of all ages living in the greater-Greenwich, CT community. We embrace Jewish wisdom, tradition, and compassion while providing effective, affordable, and high-quality social services to people of all backgrounds, economics, and affiliations.
Jewish Family Services of Greenwich was founded in 1983 when Greenwich Jewish Federation (now known as UJA-JCC), identified a need for social services especially in the areas of counseling as well as for elder care and services. In 1989, with seed-funding support from Federation, JFS of Greenwich started providing resettlement and social services to assist Russian Jewish families who began immigrating to our community in the early 1990s.
Over the past years, JFS of Greenwich has greatly expanded its services in the areas of counseling, group therapy, friendly visits to senior citizens, and immigration services for people of all backgrounds.
A licensed clinical social worker and certified school administrator, Rachel Kornfeld has been providing quality mental health and education services in New York and Connecticut for over 20 years. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, a master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia University, and second master’s degree in school building leadership from Mercy College.
Rachel began her career as a social worker in the New York City foster care system, and worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and hospital settings. Rachel assisted with the start-up of The New LIFE School, a non-public special education setting, part of Lutheran Social Services of New York, where functioned as the Director of Clinical Services, Principal, and Executive Director. Rachel has years of post-masters training in various therapeutic modalities, and vast experience in the field of mental health and education services.
Kimberly Wolfson-Lisack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families.
Kimberly previously served as Clinical Director of Safe Haven, a therapeutic respite program for children 0-18 yrs. at Kids In Crisis. She is an adjunct professor in the Human Services Department of Norwalk Community College, and in the MSW program at Sacred Heart University. She is trained in both DBT and EMDR.
Melanie Zamenhof is the Director of Immigration Services. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California at Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School with an emphasis in International Law.
Her practice focuses on the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and all who flee oppression to achieve human dignity and pursue a path to citizenship. She is a member of the Minnesota state bar, the federal Northern District of New York, the Westchester County Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Melissa brings to JFS 18 years of experience as an accountant, private business owner and human resources manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and an MBA from Pace University.
Sharon Franklin is the Director of Marketing and Development at JFS of Greenwich, with over nine years of experience in the Jewish non-profit world. She is a graduate of University of Cincinnati, where she studied design and fine art.
Sharon, a long time resident of Stamford, previously worked for the Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien.
Melissa Basile-Reolon graduated from University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last 12 years, at Kids in Crisis and Children’s Learning Center of Fairfield County. Melissa was a Fairfield County winner of the prestigious Forty Under 40 Award.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jessica enjoyed building Jewish community from a young age. She got her undergraduate degree from Savannah College of Art and Design and received her MSW from NYU. Her previous work focused on original Judaic programming for Jewish youth groups, synagogues, and community organizations. Jessica is thrilled be a part of the team at JFS of Greenwich where she can combine her skills in Jewish engagement and mental health support.
Valerie has a B.S in Psychology and is working towards a Master’s degree in Social Work. Currently she is a Language Instructor at Yale University and a professional Interpreter working in courts, prisons, and DCF offices in Connecticut.
She has previous experience as a crisis counselor for client with mental health and substance abuse disorders, at Family and Children’s Agency.
Bharti Chojar graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a BS in Marketing /Fashion Buying & Merchandising. Her extensive volunteer experience includes executive positions in PTA, board member of Greenwich Botanical Center, and chairperson of the Greenwich Youth Film Festival and Dazzling Dahlias Show.
Iryna immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 2012 from Ukraine. She graduated with a BS in accounting from National University in Ivano-Frankivsk. Iryna is thrilled to be a part of the U4U team at JFS of Greenwich as a case manager.
Graduating with a BS in Human Development from (SUNY) Binghamton University and a Master of Social Work at Columbia University, Jessica is thrilled to be a part of JFS Greenwich as the associate operations coordinator and therapist.
Before joining JFS as a case manager for Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement, Tania worked for Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, CT. She graduated with a master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a degree in International Relations with a concentration in Eastern European Studies from Syracuse University. As an active member of the Ukrainian community in Stamford, Tania previously served as the Director of the School of Ukrainian Studies for 6 years as well as, a founding member of the Stamford branch of the Ukrainian American Youth Association. She continues to volunteer extensively within the community and speaks Ukrainian fluently.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Lala immigrated to the U.S. with the help of HIAS, JFS, UJA/JCC and Temple Sholom in 1990 and brings a unique perspective to the resettlement volunteer effort at JFS. Prior to joining the Resettlement team, Lala played an active role as a JFS volunteer and translator for the United for Ukraine program and was also on the Board of Directors at JFS.
Previously, Lala was Director of Rewards for RecycleBank, an ESG-focused rewards and loyalty program, and before that was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting where she focused on strategy and operations engagements for financial services clients. Lala graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University and is fluent in Russian and French.
Ukraine is Irina’s homeland where she was born and raised until she and her family decided to reunite with their family and immigrate to the United States. Irina holds a BA degree in Graphic Design and Advertising from the School Of Visual Arts.
Her passion for personal transformation, empowered Irina to pursue a new career in health and wellness space as an Integrative Nutritionist and a Health Coach. Irina prides herself on being a member of JFS, JCC community, and the opportunity to work in U4U resettlement program is a personal and meaningful mission for her
Courtney has a B.A in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has a background in U.S. History and Law. She has volunteered with various institutions for many years and is excited to join the JFS team as a Case Manager for the APA Program.
Dino Morrell has a BS in accounting from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and an associate degree from PPC Panama Canal College in La Boca, Panama. He began his journey as a JFS of Greenwich client and then became a volunteer. Dino feels privileged to be a part of the JFS team as Intensive Case Manager and is happy to be able to pay it forward helping immigrant clients.