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.

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

Verizon grant helps JFS prevent domestic abuse

Jewish Family Service received a $10,000 grant from Verizon's HopeLine program, which provides support for domestic violence awareness and prevention, to help us shine a light on this prevalent problem.  Learn more

Dancing with our Stars gala - See the videos

Saturday, November 5, 2016


What a fun evening of professionally choreographed dance competition, entertainment, dinner...and lots of schmoozing!.


The dancers were exciting to watch dancing up on the stage...and they were incredible in their efforts to personally raise money for Jewish Family Service.


Click here to see videos and photos from the gala. And to see who won the competitions!  

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 


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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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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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.


Read the full article


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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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. Learn more.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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