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Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)

Nature and Purpose

For over 75 years,  JVS has helped people secure financial independence. Every year, JVS serves nearly 21,000 individuals providing them the skills they need to gain employment, as well as to progress up the career and wage ladder and make sound financial choices over their lifetimes. Programs span from providing employment services to Refugees, to educational programs that help their students prepare for college or become certified in the Biotechnology, Nursing, and Pharmacy fields. JVS was founded in 1938 during the Great Depression to assist Jewish immigrants struggling to enter the American workforce and support their families. Today, they serve a diverse clientele that represent over 67 nations and speak 59 languages, helping them change their lives by finding employment and building careers.

Their mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces. This is accomplished through the core values of learning, partnership, quality, respect, and social justice.


Tasks vary by location of service. In general, PULSE students will teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to refugees, asylees and immigrants; assist refugees, asylees and immigrants with job search, applications, resumes and interview skills; tutor English, math and basic computer skills to adult students.