We met Marsha when she attended our Benefits Clinic for help in accessing government financial support. Our Benefits Adviser quickly realised that Marsha needed additional support, and referred her to our Head of Services.

The mother of several young children, Marsha had been married for many years, but her husband had complex mental health issues and was financially and emotionally abusive. Marsha was considering divorce but was terrified she would not be able to cope alone – the years of abuse had left her overwhelmed and her self-esteem was at an all-time low. 

“Thank you for restoring my confidence while I try to get my life in order. I know you will always be there for me.”


Thanks to our gentle guidance, Marsha got the space she needed to think things through properly. She reached the conclusion that she needed to apply for a Get (Jewish Divorce). We supported her through the process, but this wasn’t the end of the journey.

Marsha’s ex is still emotionally abusive, making threats and undermining her confidence, and with her youngest child still at home, she cannot yet think about returning to work. Other communal charities help Marsha to ensure she can feed her family, but it’s the little extras that have helped her really start to rebuild her life. Thanks to our Adopt-a-Family scheme, shoes, clothing, summer camp and children’s activities are all taken care of. We have helped Marsha and her family find a better quality of life.

About the JFC

The Jewish Family Centre (JFC) is the Jewish community’s one-stop family support hub.  We offer a wide range of services for families, parents and children navigating the challenges of everyday life – both ordinary and extraordinary. 

Established in 2002, the JFC initially launched to offer activities for families during weekends and school holidays. But we quickly realised there were gaps in communal provision that needed filling.

Read more about the impact we have on families