Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

Overview: “Social workers never die, they go on boards.” Rita practiced what she preached in over 25 years of service on the Board of Directors of Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS). Throughout her tenure, she advocated on behalf of vulnerable people in New York City.

Giving Highlights: In 1993, the Foundation pledged $2m for the purchase and renovation of what would become JBFCS’ flagship building in Brooklyn. In July of 1994 the Rita J. Kaplan Center for Community Services opened, featuring eight of the agency’s programs in the 27,000 square foot facility.

In 2005, Rita facilitated the creation of the Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Connections Program, which supports Jewish organizations with services that blend Jewish tradition and social work practice. Jewish Connections includes spiritual counseling, group counseling, consultation, information and referrals, printed materials, training, and workshops.