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.

Annual Meeting

Please be our guest...

Entertainment... Awards... Highlights...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

7-8:30 pm

Amberley Room, Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236


Learn more    RSVP online now 


Come enjoy professional musical entertainment by Susan Emerson and Billy Larkin, indulge at our dessert reception, and learn how Jewish Family Service has touched the lives of nearly 4,000 individuals in the Cincinnati community.  


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 our latest 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

Help lead the fight against hunger by participating in the Freestore Foodbank’s Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. All registration fees go to our FSFB account as credit to purchase food for our Heldman Family Food Pantry.

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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. 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.



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