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About Us

Driven by compassion.
Leading through innovation.
Guided by Jewish values.

Welcome to Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewish Family Service. Established in 1913, we are a premiere social service agency dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals, families and communities. Alexander JFS serves members of the Jewish community as well as individuals of all faiths and backgrounds. We invite you to learn more about our compassion, innovation and the values that guide our work.

We focus on strengthening family life, laying the foundation for self-sufficiency and improving both the social and economic conditions of our clients.

Serving Greater Houston Since 1913

Our Mission

The Mission of Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewish Family Service is to transform lives by empowering individuals, families and communities — driven by compassion, leading through innovation, guided by Jewish values.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a trusted community partner that is welcoming to all and directly responds to existing and emerging needs in a compassionate, professional and innovative manner.

Our Principles

  • We are committed to serving individuals of all backgrounds and faiths.  
  • We are committed to providing social services and resources in a way that is caring, sensitive and accessible.  
  • We live our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our staff, clients and the communities we serve and strive to create a safe, nurturing and welcoming environment for all people.
  • We strive for excellence by using highly-trained, professional staff that is driven by data to provide the highest level of care.
  • We support and share best practices through professional development as a teaching institution to advance knowledge in the field.

Impact Statement

We support individuals, couples and families to help them achieve their full potential.  

We are committed to seeking systemic solutions to the challenges our clients face through evidence-based solutions that are scalable and replicable.

Alexander JFS High Impact Programs include:  

  • Alexander JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Suicide and Substance Misuse Prevention
  • Disaster Preparedness and Long-Term Recovery

Our History

Alexander JFS has a rich history that spans over 100 years.

Gloria Ribnick, Director of Marketing at Alexander JFS from 1998 – 2022, served as the archivist of the agency’s milestones.

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"I observed the thoughtful, caring, compassionate manner in which Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewish Family Service responded to the emotional and financial needs of those in our community who were feeling vulnerable."
-Irving Pozmantier, Community Leader
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Contact Us

Learn more about our compassionate services and programs.

Contact Us Directly

(713) 667-9336


4131 S. Braeswood Blvd.

Houston, Texas 77025

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It really does take a village.

Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewish Family Service is blessed to have the support of hundreds of caring individuals and families. Together, the funds provided allow us to transform the lives of thousands, one at a time.
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Together, we are stronger.

Thank you to our collaborating partners and sponsors for providing essential resources to make our work possible.

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