JFCS celebrates dedication of new Southside building and Holocaust memorial gallery


By Jewish Family & Community Services


Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Southside headquarters, the Alan J. Taffet Building, with a ceremony attended by approximately 300 community members.  The celebration included a ribbon cutting and tours of the new building that features the Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery. The gallery is the only Holocaust memorial between Miami and Atlanta and will host rotating exhibitions to help educate the community.


The dedication ceremony also honored the nonprofit’s 100 years of service with a commemorative time capsule.  Diverse community members, including a JFCS foster care child and a Holocaust survivor, added mementos to the capsule to represent the nonprofit’s areas of community service.  The new 30,000-square-foot headquarters provides space for the nonprofit’s range of social services and will house a majority of the agency’s staff.


“The Alan J. Taffet Building will be able to support the many ways we’ve evolved to help our community over the past 100 years,” said JFCS CEO Colleen Rodriguez. “No one walks through our doors with just one challenge and our new headquarters is designed so that we can assist people more comprehensively, offering them the tools they need to help themselves.” 


The new building was made possible with the help of the ongoing Centennial Celebration capital campaign. The campaign, with a goal of $6 million, will aid JFCS in its mission of serving First Coast families of all races, religions and backgrounds.