History

historyKleinLife (formerly known as Klein JCC) has been serving the people of greater Northeast Philadelphia for almost 40 years building community among people of all ages and backgrounds, and enhancing their quality of life through social, educational, cultural, human service, and wellness programs. Rooted in the Jewish value of tikkun olam – “repairing the world” — KleinLife welcomes everyone irrespective of religion, ethnicity, race, nationality, or cultural background.

Founded in 1975 and endowed by Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist Raymond Klein and his wife Miriam, KleinLife offers a variety of services and programs at its headquarters in the Far Northeast. Health and wellness facilities, after school programs, summer day camp, fitness classes and leagues, cultural programs, and adult education classes are some of the Center’s many activities.

KleinLife is the heart of the Jewish community in Philadelphia, serving the very young to senior citizens, from lifelong Northeast Philadelphia residents to the expanding Russian-Jewish community. The Center’s reach extends beyond the Jewish community, however; KleinLife serves some 35,000 people annually from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Among the vital social services the Center provides are programs for immigrants at risk, low income families, seniors aging with dignity, and fighting food insecurity. For example, KleinLife runs the largest senior center in Philadelphia and provides 120,000 meals to 3,500 clients annually.

KleinLife is a home away from home and important service provider for thousands of Philadelphia residents.

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