Strengthening Lives in Times of Need...


Since 1943, Jewish Family Service has played a vital role in serving the constantly changing human service needs of 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.

Alan R. Mack Speaker Series...

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 livesLearn more


Bruce Levine

So, Who's NOT Depressed? How to Live in a World Gone Crazy

with Bruce E. Levine, PhD


Learn why depression is on the rise, how today’s culture plays a role,

and what we can do—as individuals and as a society—to reduce this.

Thursday, April 30       7 - 8:30 pm       FREE       Rockdale Temple

Learn more.       Register online now.    



Rabbi Cary Kozberg

Honoring Our Parents as They Age

with Rabbi Cary Kozberg


How, when so much is demanded of us, can we relate to our aging parents and their needs out of a sense of “honor” and not out of resentment?

Thursday, May 14      7 - 8:30 pm       FREE       Cooper Creek Event Center

Learn more.       Register online now.    



Debi Varland and Liz Tiemeier

Helping Children through Grief and Loss

with Debi Varland, MA, MAT, ATR and Liz Tiemeier, MSW


After experiencing a death or loss in their lives, children think, feel, verbalize, and behave differently depending on their age. Learn how to offer helpful support along each stage of development.



Thursday, June 11      7 - 8:30 pm       FREE       Mayerson JCC

Learn more.       Register online now.     

Jewish Holocaust survivors and families invited to information session

Deborah Kram

Jewish Family Service is hosting an information session on compensation and restitution issues for Jewish Holocaust survivors. Ms. Deborah Kram, the Claims Conference’s Client Outreach Manager, will guide a discussion on the Claims Conference’s compensation programs.
10:30 am – 12 pm
Thursday, April 16
Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

Learn more

Remember the Holocaust: Yom HaShoah April 19

Remember the Holocaust at the annual community-wide commemoration 2 pm, Sunday, April 19 at Mayerson JCC. 

Keynote presenter is 'The Last Nazi Hunter,' Efraim Zuroff who will speak about finding justice 70 years later. Learn more.

Jewish Family Service Delivered More than Just Food for Passover

During the 17th annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service, volunteers of all ages helped Cincinnati's Jewish families in need celebrate Passover with deliveries of food and friendly conversation.

Read the full press release.

Hunger Walk May 25: Join the JFS team

Walk or run along the Ohio River, and you can help stock the shelves of Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry! Register for the Jewish Family Service team...or make a donation from the comfort of your sofa. Together we can solve hunger. Learn more

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. The 2015 seminars include topics about Medicare, AIDS, Juvenile Justice, Hearing Loss, Diabetes, Hunger, and more. Learn more.

11th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series addressed Anxiety

An audience of more than 260 mental health professionals learned various techniques to help transform their clients struggling with anxiety and vulnerability into confident and empowered individuals when David Burns, MD shared emotional videos of actual client therapy sessions during a two-day workshop.


Learn more 

Funding increases to better serve Cincinnati’s Jewish Holocaust survivors 

Elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors in the Cincinnati area, the last of their generation to have endured the horrors of the Nazi genocide, will receive significantly more aid in 2015. A true collaborative effort among Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati, and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education will ensure that local Holocaust Survivors will receive the care they need as they grow older and that others for generations to come can learn their stories and know of their strength.


In addition, the Claims Conference allocation to Jewish Family Service will be increased by nearly 150% over 2014 funding, with most of the increase earmarked for homecare, the top social welfare priority for these survivors. Learn more.  

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!: Volunteers are needed to drive clients to and from Barbash Family Vital Support Center activities, to deliver food, and visit with homebound clients. Learn more or call 513.766.3350. 



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 

Mazon logo

Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Cincinnati has joined a MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger initiative 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.


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 geriatric care managers, Your Experts in Aging, to oversee the full range of demands and responsibilities associated with aging. Learn more.


BE A BIG! A vulnerable child needs your friendship! Be a BIG and help a Little (boy or girl from ages 7-17) develop into successful, well-rounded individual.  Learn more.


'We give a' - Video #4




We've created four short animated videos to explain four of our program areas: Emergency Financial Assistance, Infant Adoption, Bigs & Littles youth mentoring, and Geriatric Care Management. Watch the videos throughout this website, or see them all at


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Older Adult Services receives funds administered by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.


Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

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