Boulder JFS

Boulder JFS


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Serving our Seniors

Boulder JFS is a program of The Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center, which provides a variety of programs to help older adults stay active, healthy, independent and supported. Boulder JFS provides Boulder-area seniors, their families, adults with disabilities, and individuals in crisis with services and programs based on Jewish values. Sign up for the Boulder JFS e-newsletter below.

Based on our principles of inclusion, compassion, and social justice, Boulder JFS is committed to providing vital services to all older adults and adults with disabilities regardless of their faith, race, national origin, gender identification, or sexual orientation. Our staff is sensitive and responsive to the special needs of all whom we serve.

  • Geriatric care management—assessment, planning, and care coordination
  • Friendly Visitor and para-chaplain services
  • Holiday and Shabbat celebrations in local residential communities
  • In-home counseling for older adults
  • Grief and caregiver support groups
  • Information and referrals
  • Safety net emergency financial assistance
  • Senior programming and outreach with community partners
  • Housekeeping services
  • JFS at Home—private-pay home care service

Boulder JFS Mission

To enhance well-being to older adults and adults with physical disabilities throughout Boulder County by delivering services based on Jewish values.


Boulder JFS Advisory Committee

  • Barbara Gould, Co-chair
  • Mary Ann Wilner, Co-chair
  • Meg Quiat, Former Co-chair
  • Carolyn Bleicher
  • Susan Edelman
  • Steve Ellis
  • Beth Foreman
  • Deb Grojean
  • Ardee Imerman
  • Michelle Kralj
  • Summer Lenderman
  • Linda Loewenstein
  • Andy Miro
  • Terri Miro
  • Elene Mooney
  • Heidi Schoen
  • Rochelle Schwartz
  • Karli Sherwinter
  • Ellen Taxman 

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Meet the Boulder JFS Staff:

Cathy Summer, LCSW
Ph: 720.749.3401

Cathy joined Boulder JFS as a care manager in 2010, providing social services to older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families. In 2011, she started, and continues to facilitate, the JFS Grief Group. Cathy helped create the Boulder Advisory Committee in 2012 to draw more volunteer leadership into the organization, and in 2013 initiated the annual fundraising event known as Reel Hope Boulder.

Cathy is a recent graduate of the Boulder County Leadership Fellows Program of The Community Foundation and the Boulder Chamber. She also serves on the Boulder County Aging Advisory Council

Before joining JFS, Cathy was a hospice social worker. Cathy is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and holds a master of social work (MSW) degree from the University of Denver.


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Emily Andrews
Ph: 720.749.3404

As part-time development associate, Emily is responsible for planning our fundraiser, Reel Hope Boulder; getting to know the community; cultivating donors; and working with our staff to educate the community to support the growth of the Boulder program.

Emily has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and brings more than 15 years of nonprofit experience in development, strategic planning, and program development. She and her husband, Brian Ross, have two children and have lived in Boulder since 2000.


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Ingrid Swords, LCSW
Ph: 720.749.3403

Ingrid is responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the Friendly Visitor program, para-chaplains who lead monthly Shabbat services, and people who facilitate holiday programs at area senior facilities.

A longtime Boulder resident, Ingrid is a dedicated community volunteer and knows what it takes to run a successful volunteer program. Prior to moving to Boulder, Ingrid was a psychiatric social worker at a mental health clinic and a medical center in California.


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Jodi Ansell, MSW
Ph: 720.749.3402

Jodi joined the Boulder staff as a part-time care manager in May 2014. Prior to that, Jodi was on the Boulder JFS Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2014. She provides services to seniors, adults with physical disabilities, and caregivers to enhance their quality of life and connect them to Jewish values, traditions, and community. Jodi offers support and assistance to individuals and families, and co-facilitates a caregiver support group for adult children.

Her extensive experience and knowledge is invaluable in providing information and referrals to helpful community resources. A Colorado native, Jodi received her bachelor’s in social work at Colorado State University and a master's in social work from the University of Wisconsin. Jodi has been a social worker in Denver and Boulder for more than 25 years. Before joining Boulder JFS, she worked for the City of Boulder as a senior resource specialist. She also has worked as a resident service coordinator at senior housing sites through Boulder County and as a medical social worker at a Denver hospital.


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Rachel Amaru, MA
Ph: 303.415.1025

Rachel is currently working on her second unit in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Boulder Community Health. Rachel was the owner/director of a child placement agency in the Denver Metro area for more than 10 years. Prior to her chaplaincy work, she volunteered in various capacities in the Boulder Jewish community. Rachel also works part-time as the director of Haver, Boulder’s Rabbinic Fellowship.


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6007 Oreg Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303