Shorefront Jewish Community Council (Shorefront JCC) is an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. It was established in 1981 as one of a number of JCCs citywide created by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council). Shorefront JCC serves almost 3000 people in over 10,000 client sessions each year. All of our services are free of charge.
Our mission is to provide services to immigrants, the elderly and the economically disadvantaged in Brighton Beach and neighboring communities.
In the 1990s, we were one of the city’s busiest resettlement agencies, as a major influx of Russian immigrants arrived in Brighton Beach. Many of those we serve today are Russian or come from the other former Soviet Socialist Republics. Almost half of our clients are Holocaust survivors. We also serve other elderly residents of the area, and a growing younger population that currently accounts for about 20% of our client base.
We help people age with dignity and respect in the homes where they are comfortable. Our services help our “older elderly” clients avoid or defer institutional placement, to their advantage as well as that of the Medicaid program which would otherwise be funding nursing home care. These clients can be expected to require services for the remainder of their lives.
Our younger clients seek our support through difficult periods, or with a specific challenge that they face. We help them to get back on their feet and they no longer need our services.
Shorefront JCC is highly connected with other organizations serving the Brighton and Manhattan Beach and adjacent areas, including the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. We work jointly with other community organization to provide supplementary services at each other’s program sites, making a wider range of services available in more locations.