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...

Ma Nishtana? This year, add a fifth question to your Seder and give a voice to those who suffer from hunger and poverty.
As you are seated around the Seder table, there are others seated around the Table of Hunger and Poverty. In Greater Cincinnati's Jewish Community, there are 1100 families living in poverty - families that are too often overlooked!


Just as our Passover story tells us that Moses used his voice to demand freedom for the Hebrew slaves, all of us need to stand together in one voice on behalf of our suffering neighbors to demand their freedom from hunger and poverty.


YOU can help effect change. Talk to others. Talk to your Elected Officials.


Please download the fifth question to read at your Seder.
Together, WE GIVE A... Voice that speaks out against the social injustice of hunger and poverty.  
Learn more


Passover food collection

400 Passover meals delivered to families in need

Thank you volunteers for helping deliver 400 meals to families in need this Passover at the 16th Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service project.


This year the Passover Delivery project was held at the new Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center. Learn more.


Thank you Remke Markets for supporting the Passover Delivery project

Remke Markets, at their Highland/Ridge location, are accepting cash donations for the 16th Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service project. Displays with tear-off slips in denominations of $5, $10, and $20 will be available in the kosher food department and at check-out counters. Customers can present the slip to the cashier who will add the donation to their purchase. 


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.


Deborah and Diane
Deborah and Diane

10th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series a huge success
Diane Poole Heller, PhD shared methods to help people overcome childhood attachment disorders when she presented "Healing Early Attachment Wounds and Embracing Secure Relationships" Thursday March 13. Click here to learn more and see more pictures.


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. 


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.


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 



Volunteers joined Jewish Family Service clients at our Barbash Family Vital Support center to ring in 2014 and to celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the new year for trees. These activities support the Center's goal to help everyone feel part of a welcoming community.Learn more about the New Year party and the Tu B'Shevat seder.  Learn more about the Vital Support Center.


Won't YOU GIVE A...

  generous donation today?

Please help Jewish Family Service strengthen lives throughout Cincinnati by donating today. Donate online.





            ...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.



 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.



Earn 1.5 CEUs when you join us at our monthly seminars. Topics include "Understanding Transgender," "Working with Abuse and Addiction in the Orthodox Community,"  "ADHD in Adults," and more. See the full schedule. ($15 for 1.5 CEUs). 



How our food pantry strengthens lives...a personal story

Barry worked in insurance before his health took a turn for the worse, he lost his job, and needed assistance from Jewish Family Service Food Pantry. Learn more  Video of Barry in his own words.

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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