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.

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.

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.

Joshua Safran: The Inspiring Unconventional Journey of a Warlock, Writer and Rabbi


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

7:30 - 9 pm

Cooper Creek Event Center


Joshua Safran, who is an attorney and author, will share his harrowing yet wryly funny story of his unconventional journey - from childhood living in the wilderness with his domestically abused, flower-child mother to becoming a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence and the wrongfully imprisoned. Learn more about this FREE event 

Other events with Joshua Safran
All events take place Tuesday, October 27 at Cooper Creek Event Center in Blue Ash, Ohio

Movie Screening with Q & A

5:15 - 7:00 pm


This award-winning documentary features Joshua Safran and the 7-year legal battle to free from prison an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence.

1.5 CEU or CLE Opportunity

10:30 am - Noon

$25 Registration including 1.5 CEUs or CLEs

From Victim to Perpetrator:
Shifting Identities in the Eyes of the Law

Josh Safran will present this professional development seminar that examines the messy real world of intimate partner battering and its effects. 

The Heart Can Change: My Journey to German-Jewish Reconciliation


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

7-8:30 pm

Mayerson JCC

Professor Judith Levi, the US-born daughter of German Jews, shares her journey of personal and spiritual transformation through her reconciliation with the German people of today, and recounts the little-known but morally admirable example set by contemporary Germans in their efforts to come to terms with their country’s Nazi past. Learn more or Register online now

Learn to Live “On Purpose” with Vic Strecher


Sunday, October 25, 2015

9:45 - 11:15 am

Congregation Beth Adam

10001 Loveland-Madeira Rd. Loveland, OH 45140


Think healthy, be healthy. Discover the importance of living richly and with purpose with Vic Strecher, educator, author, TED speaker, and Professor/Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Learn more


Jewish Family Service is proud to be a Community Partner of this Beth Adam community-wide event.

LGBT Adoption and Family Law: When can we expect changes in Ohio?

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the U.S., but the Ohio adoption laws have yet to be re-written to allow equal parenting recognition.


FREE     Sunday, October 18, 2015    1-3 pm   Mayerson JCC


Join us as a panel of adoption experts discuss the state of LGBT adoption and when families can expect changes on the local level.  Learn more or Register online now.

Volunteers add their loving touch to meals for clients

Volunteers MJ and Elijah Guttman help prepare a meal for clients at Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center. This is just one of many monthly therapeutic socialization activities that promote wellness for individuals and families in need.


Read the full article about the July event.

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.

Click below to read our latest Family Ties newsletter

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.

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Jewish Family Service Cincinnati is a proud member of

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