• 212-568-5450
  • info@jccwhi.com
  • Para comunicarse en español llame a (786) 529-5116

Services & Programs

The Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights & Inwood is a social service organization responding to the diverse needs of the entire community. We provide a comprehensive set of services in English, Spanish, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German. We help both young and old with warmth, compassion, and professionalism:

Accessing Benefits | Food Pantry | Emergency and Crisis Intervention | Car Service | Social & Educational Opportunities | Friendly Visiting & Telephone Reassurance | Housing Assistance | Resource Line | Safety & Security | Shabbat & Holiday Meals

Accessing Benefits

We provide accurate, up-to-date information about programs, services, entitlements, and benefits. We can help you apply for benefits and entitlements that you may be eligible for, to re-certify for these programs where appropriate, and advocate for you when challenges arise.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry is available to anyone in need who resides in Upper Manhattan. Please call 212-568-5450 (English) or 786-529-5116 (Spanish) to register. The pantry operates on Wednesdays from 9am-1pm, by appointment. We also run a special pantry for low-income seniors on Mondays. Each family unit can receive one food package per month.

In addition to the food pantry, our Anti-Poverty Food and Nutrition Program also provides entitlement counseling, the delivery of weekend and holiday meals to the homebound, and emergency food vouchers.

Emergency & Crisis Intervention

Immediate help for individuals and families experiencing a disruption in their normal pattern of functioning, and/or a sudden, pressing event.

Car Service

The Rechev transportation program provides safe, reliable, and inexpensive door-to-door transportation for neighborhood seniors. The JCC’s driver takes seniors to local medical appointments, errands, and social activities, thereby enabling seniors to remain active and independent.

To use this car service, you must first be a registered client of the JCC-WHI. Please call the office at 212-568-5450 to register.

Social & Educational Opportunities

Among the festivities and get-togethers during the year is a Chanukah party, Purim Party and many more times and reasons to join with the community in happiness. We also have a weekly exercise class, musical concerts, as well as trips and tours to places of interest.

Look out for our fliers to find out more about upcoming events. Please contact the office 212-568-5450 (or email office@jccwhi.com) to be added to our mailing list.

Friendly Visiting & Telephone Reassurance

The JCC-WHI arranges for volunteers to visit neighborhood seniors, either regularly or before the holidays, in person or by phone. A visit or call to an isolated, elderly, or homebound person can make a difference in keeping him/her feeling cared for and part of the community. This service provides reassurance and companionship, reduces the feeling of isolation, and helps determine if the individual is safe and well.

To volunteer, please contact Rabbi Avi Okin, M.S.W. at 212-568-5450 or aokin@jccwhi.com.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this program please call the office at 212-568-5450 or info@jccwhi.com.

Housing Assistance

Through our knowledge of the neighborhood, we serve as an apartment clearinghouse to match those seeking a new home with available local apartments.

We work with clients to apply for and maintain housing related benefits including Section 8, SCRIE/DRIE, and HEAP.

The JCC-WHI gives support regarding leases, rent arrears, service & repairs, and evictions, and acts as a landlord/tenant mediator.

Please contact our Housing Director, Shelley Bulman, at 212-568-5450 or sbulman@jccwhi.com.

Resource Line

As a veteran institution in our neighborhood, JCC-WHI is a wealth of information to all members of the community. We assist anyone who is looking for help on such varied issues as clothing donations, housing, childcare and even funeral planning.

People turn to us as we often have the answers –  and when we don’t, we know who to call. Call us at 212-568-5450.

Safety & Security

JCC-WHI works closely with the NYPD 34th Precinct on local concerns regarding safety and security. For example, we provide the police with relevant information before each holiday to ensure appropriate police presence.

The JCC can work with you and the NYPD to resolve particular issues and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

Shabbat & Holiday Meals

Going to the grocery store and preparing dinner are probably part of your normal routine. What would you do if you were physically unable to shop or cook for yourself – would your friends or family be able to assist you? If not, would you have the financial means to have meals prepared for you?

The JCC-WHI delivers ready-prepared meals to the homes of those who cannot prepare or purchase meals for themselves.

For further information, contact us at 212-568-5450 or office@jccwhi.com.