Strengthening Lives in Times of Need...


Since 1943, Jewish Family Service has played a vital role in responding to the constantly changing challenges and stresses of everyday life experienced by individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati.


Our professional and experienced staff can strengthen your life in times of need...from the joys of infant adoption to the challenges with aging parents...and every age and stage in between. 


Call us today for a better tomorrow. 513-469-1188.

Dancing with our Stars gala

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Join us for a fun evening of professionally choreographed dance competition, entertainment, and dinner. And continue the fun when a DJ takes the floor at 10 pm so we all get to show off our dance moves.


Vote for your favorite dancer with a donation to JFS and see who is winning so far.

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Birthday celebrations benefit JFS clients....

Louise Goodman and her husband David, who both recently turned 70, and Max Kuresman, who recently turned 7, asked birthday party guests to donate food to Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry in lieu of gifts.


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Jewish Family Service is helping change the way society views rape...

Jewish Family Service, together with Cincinnati Hillel and Miami Hillel, brought to town the documentary, Brave Miss World, and its director to share with professionals and students at Miami University and University of Cincinnati. The award-winning film follows former Miss World, Linor Arbagil's, journey as a rape survivor and her goal to rid the shame of rape.


Poverty, Welfare and Religion Symposium

Jewish Family Service is partnering with HUC - JIR December 4-6 for a 3 day symposium directed towards understanding and addressing working poverty in the United States. This symposium will bring together academics, clergy, and service providers who will work with participants to create and continue advocacy efforts following the symposium. Learn more

A year of volunteering will impact JFS clients for a lifetime....

Jan Laengle has volunteered at Jewish Family Service for the past year assisting Jewish victims of Nazi persecution in the Cincinnati area. He was selected to serve at JFS through Action Reconciliation Service for the Peace, which sends nearly 200 German volunteers to Europe, Israel and the Unites States each year.


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BE A BIG! A vulnerable child needs your friendship! 
Be a BIG and help a Little (boy or girl from ages 9-12) develop

social-emotional skills necessary to succeed in school and life


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Annual Meeting

Thank you to all who made the

Annual Meeting a Success!


This year we celebrated a year of success at our 72nd Annual Meeting with Graeter's Ice Cream and professional musical entertainment. During that time we reflected on the nearly 4,000 lives we touched, honored many deserving individuals with awards, and highlighted family and our compassionate but Smart Business


                                        Learn more and see photos from the Annual Meeting

A few notes of appreciation from our clients...


This past summer, clients and volunteers wrote personal notes explaining how Jewish Family Service strengthened their lives. These notes were distributed to attendees at our annual meeting in June together with inspirational stones shown.


Below is a sampling of the heartfelt messages we received:





Bring your voice to the conversation! Join Jewish Family Service as we present expert speakers covering a wide variety of relevant and provocative topics affecting our daily lives.

Check out the photos below from speaker, Author Francine Russo, who discussed our relationship with our siblings, our parents (and ourselves) as we deal with our parents’ aging, eldercare, and all the psychological and family issues these raise.

Fighting Hunger during Passover and all year round

Are YOU up to a challenge? Donate today and help our vulnerable neighbors who struggle with the challenge of food insecurity. Your donation will bring us closer to our goal of $50,000 to purchase Passover food that our volunteers deliver to Cincinnati Families in need, and to help keep Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry stocked with meat, canned goods, fresh produce, and personal care items all year round. Learn more

Taking the "Food Stamp Challenge" as an 82-year old woman


Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are a staple to many on a budget. To experience what food insecurity is for Senior Adults who depend on federal food assistance, Beth Schwartz, CEO is taking the SNAP (better known as food stamp) challenge as an 82-year old woman with diabetes. Follow Beth's experience taking the challenge.  Learn more about the SNAP Challenge.

Tech grant helps Holocaust Survivors

Cincinnati’s Jewish Holocaust survivors will receive groundbreaking care to reduce isolation thanks to a $60,000 grant Jewish Family Service Cincinnati received from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).


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JFS selected to help with Senior Hunger Assistance

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More and more senior adults are struggling to put food on their tables.


Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Cincinnati has been selected by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger  as 1 of only 3 agencies to continue to Phase 2 of an initiative designed to alleviate food insecurity among low-income senior adults and ensure they receive nutrition assistance help through the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


 Learn more. Download SNAP brochure.


Donate your car to Jewish Family Service

Want to get rid of an old car?  Donate it to Jewish Family Service Cincinnati! Donating your car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle is easy - even if it won't start! All you need is a clear title and we'll do the rest, including free pick-up. Once it is sold, we'll send you a tax receipt and the sale proceeds will go directly to helping those most in need in our community.


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Free Parenting Enrichment

Jewish Family Service is collaborating with Rockwern Academy, the Mayerson JCC Early Childhood School, PJ Library, and congregations in the Jewish community to offer parenting classes.


All classes are Free and open to the community.


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Social Workers 1.5 CEUs at monthly seminars

Join Jewish Family Service for a series of Social Work seminars. These are open to the public, and Social Workers are eligible to earn 1.5 CEUs. Learn more.

Creating Your Jewish Legacy to keep the flame alive

We all strive to leave the world a better place – through our children, our good deeds, our generosity. 

Thank you to our supporters, such as Mona and Dick Kerstine, who have created a Jewish legacy for Jewish Family Service so future generations will say of us, "The world is a better place because, for a brief time, they lived in it."


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Our Adoption program helps spread the love for all

WCPO featured Adoption Connection and a couple our adoption program is helping build a family with love. Watch below. #JFSsharesthelove

Client gives back to help others

Vital Support Center client and Director of Vital Services Support
Leslye shares thoughts with Fran Gafvert, Director of Vital Services

Barbash Family Vital Support Center promotes wellness, socialization as it returns to clients a sense of normalcy.

Multiple Sclerosis forced Leslye from a successful career to surviving on Social Security and food stamps...and to receiving services from Jewish Family Service. Now she gives back to help other clients. Read her full story.


Rock a Bow Tie or a Scarf

Show your support of Jewish Family Service throughout the year by wearing

a beautiful Custom-Designed Bow Tie or Scarf 

featuring the JFS logo!


Silk Bow Tie $57    Silk Long Scarf $57

Purchase yours online now.

Have a question about MEDICARE?

Jewish Family Service has been approved by the State of Ohio as one of only a handful of sites in the Tri-state area to provide Medicare counseling and information; and the only Jewish communal site in Southwestern Ohio. Learn more 


Your Experts in Aging - A Geriatric Care Management Practice

Managing Senior Adult needs requires more than hiring home care services.
Jewish Family Service has an experienced team of aging life care managers, Your Experts in Aging, to oversee the full range of demands and responsibilities associated with aging.


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