Alissa Wurtzel Named Head of JFS

Alissa Wurtzel has been appointed the new CEO of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFSGNH). Prior to her appointment as CEO, Wurtzel, who has 20 years professional experience working to improve the social and emotional welfare of individuals and families, served as clinical director of JFSGNH. In that role, she oversaw the agency’s implementation of a new electronic health record system, and reimagined and restructured a number of critical programs serving the community’s most vulnerable population. Working with the agency’s leadership team, Wurtzel helped ensure that the JFSGNH post-pandemic roadmap includes enhancing timely and accessible services for seniors, Holocaust Survivors and their caregivers, those struggling with mental health issues, those in need of emergency assistance, food and/or housing support. A licensed clinical social worker, she has worked with clients as young as four and as old as 107. Her specialty areas are in trauma-informed care, medical social work, and co-occurring disorders including chronic pain. In addition to her work at JFSGNH, Wurtzel has worked as the director of psychological health for the Connecticut Army National Guard, as well as a senior clinician with Community Health Center Inc. Before joining the agency, she worked as a medical social worker for the Hartford Health Care Hospice Program, empowering families with the education, materials, and spiritual, religious, and cultural supports needed to care for loved ones at the end of their lives. A Connecticut native, Wurtzel earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Connecticut.

Alissa Wurtzel can be reached at: For more information about the wide range of services offered by Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, visit

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