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 every day 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.

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:

These notes of appreciation put a smile on our faces.

Let's return the favor!

Click here to send a personal message of encouragement to our clients.

JFS to lead discussion following movie Feb. 8

Look At Us Now, Mother!

This award-winning film is an enlightening and inspirational look at the conflicts and affections that bond a mother and daughter.


Monday, February 8

7:30 pm

Cinemark Oakley Station 

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Special Feature: Discussion with Jewish Family Service Social Worker June Ridgway, MSW, LSW, C-ASWCM and Art Therapist Debi M. Varland, MA, MAT, ATR.


In partnership with CareLink™ – Your Experts in Aging, Operated by Jewish Family Service.

The Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival runs Feb 6-25, 2016.


Two presentations on Mindfulness

Mindfulness - focusing awareness on the present moment with acceptance – is a technique used to help resolve anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders. 


It will be the topic of two presentations when Jewish Family Service hosts author and Harvard professor Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD. One is free for the community; the other is a professional development workshop offering 6 CEs in a variety of disciplines. 



Mindfulness: A Path to Well-Being

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel will share research-based practical mindfulness techniques to feel less stressed, and to live a more engaged and gratifying life.


7-8:30 pm

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cooper Creek Event Center, 4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45241


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Harnessing Mindfulness: Fitting the Practice to the Person

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel will share how the integration of mindfulness practices can be powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy at Jewish Family Service's 12th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series (MOSES) professional development workshop.


8:30 am - 4 pm

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cooper Creek Event Center

6 CEs available in a variety of disciplines

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Students from 5 states help JFS clients

Tikun Olam (Repairing the World).


A group of more than 80 students with NFTY-OV visited Jewish Family Service's Barbash Family Vital Support Center and Heldman Family Food Pantry on Sunday January 10 to learn more about our services and to help our clients.


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Free Parenting Classes

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.


Learn more

Free Tax Prep Assistance


Tired of paying high tax preparation fees? Hold on to your hard-earned money!


United Way and community partners provide Free Tax Preparation services to hard working individuals and families in our Tri-State region.


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."


Learn more.

Read our newest Family Ties Newsletter!

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

Annual Meeting celebrates the strength of a community working together

Together we lay the stones to build a stronger community.


What happened at our Annual Meeting? We welcomed Joyce Garver Keller, Executive Director, Ohio Jewish Communities, inducted Andi Levenson as the new Board President, thanked Mark Miller as outgoing President, presented Susan Shorr and Suzy Marcus Goldberg with Volunteer Awards, and it was announced that Beth Schwartz is now our CEO!


See photos from the evening.  Read the follow up article.

Online version of Annual Report includes all names

"A community is too heavy to carry alone. -Midrash" was the theme of our 2014 Annual Report. An abbreviated printed version shares highlights from the past year. It is available in the JFS display at the Mayerson JCC.

Our online version also includes the name of all 2014 volunteers, donors, partner organizations, and funders.

Read the full annual report here.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

Agency Sponsor

AJFCA Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies

Jewish Family Service Cincinnati is a proud member of

Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies