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.

What's new...

Volunteer to Deliver a Mitzvah & a Smile for Passover March 29

Help make Passover special for families in need.

March 29, 2015 is the 17th Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service. Please volunteer March 20-29 to help collect, sort, and deliver more than 400 boxes filled with Passover food to Cincinnati's Jewish families that could not otherwise afford to observe the holiday. You'll also deliver a smile! Learn more. Sign up to Volunteer

11th Annual Professional Development Workshop MARCH 18 & 19


with David Burns, MD, author of the bestselling book Feeling Good


Professionals can earn up to 13 CEUs as they learn how to integrate a multitude of Anxiety treatments without the use of prescription medications so their clients achieve high-speed recovery and lasting change. This
2-day workshop March 18 & 19 is the 11th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series workshop. Learn more.  Download pdf

Free Mental Health and Wellness Speaker Series...

Speakers, who are known experts in their fields, will cover a wide variety of topics that affect our daily lives. Together we can build a stronger community by bringing issues into the open that are often uncomfortable to discuss. . 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.

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.

Negotiations with German Government Led to Sizeable Funding Increase Worldwide

Elderly Jewish Holocaust victims 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, announced Julius Berman, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).


In 2015, the Claims Conference allocation to Jewish Family Service of Greater Cincinnati will be $1.2 million, an increase of about $718,000 (145 percent) over 2014 funding, with most of the increase earmarked for homecare, the top social welfare priority for these survivors. Learn more  

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.

Beth Schwartz, Executive Director

Beth is a WE CELEBRATE Woman of the Year Finalist!

Congratulations to Beth Schwartz, Executive Director of JFS, who has been selected by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as one of five finalists for the Woman of the Year in the nonprofit category.


WE Celebrate honors women and women-owned businesses for their achievement, innovation, social responsibility, and mentoring as they inspire women leaders in Cincinnati USA.


Learn more 

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



            ...community strength

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 wegivea.com.



With YOUR support WE GIVE A community strength

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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.

AJFCA Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies

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Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies

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