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 - at every age and stage. 


Call us today for a better tomorrow. 513-469-1188.

In times of need, Jewish Family Service is There!

Liz Vogel welcomed as new JFS CEO

The Jewish Family Service Board of Directors unanimously approved hiring Liz Vogel as the next CEO of Jewish Family Service. 


"Liz has a proven record of entrepreneurship, leadership, and financial stewardship in the business, healthcare and nonprofit worlds," says Larry Juran, Board President.  "She will start work on January 22, and begin moving Jewish Family Service forward into a new era"


Read the full press release and join us as we welcome Liz. 

Addiction Expert to present new approaches to treating addictions March 15 and 16, 2018

with Dr. Adi Jaffe,
renowned addiction expert
and TEDx speaker

FREE for Community 

Addiction: Shedding the Shame and Stigma
Thursday, March 15, 2018      7 - 8:30 pm

Cooper Creek Event Center

Learn an alternative route forward to alleviate the problem of substance abuse and addiction.
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Professional Development  6 CEs

Alternative Approaches to Addiction 
Friday, March 16, 2018      8:30 am - 4 pm

Cooper Creek Event Center

Reducing shame through a client centered approach.
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Mercy Health
Events sponsor

Teens & parents learned the truth about alcohol and drugs from experts and dynamic speakers...

Parents and teens gathered together on December 7th for free thought-provoking education about the dangers of using alcohol and drugs. Together they listened to impactful stories from a variety of dynamic speakers and learned honest facts from experts that will help them make healthy choices.


Read the article


In partnership with
 Amberley Village Police and FireHamilton County Heroin Coalition, and Lumiere Healing Center

Making birthday celebrations special for Russian speaking senior adults...

Zigmund Keller, a Holocaust survivor whose only family member lives out of town, enjoyed being surrounded by his "family of friends" when he celebrated his 90th birthday with the Jewish Family Service Center for Russian-Speaking Seniors. To make his birthday special, he was showered with music, cake, gifts, and kind words.


Gatherings like this help senior adults stay social, especially those whose family does not live nearby. Many of these participants were resettled in the US by Jewish Family Service after they were persecuted as Jews in the former Soviet Union.


Personalized solutions for older adults

Jewish Family Service is excited to lead AgeWell Cincinnati, a central solution that helps links those 60 and better – along with their family members, friends, and caregivers - to community resources for aging well in Jewish Cincinnati.


This new program, AgeWell Cincinnati, was created by the Cincinnati Jewish Senior Service Coalition. Whether you or a loved one are looking for a thought-provoking class, a ride to the grocery store or medical appointment, a new home, or ways to live independently, you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about AgeWell Cincinnati

Wendy Miller presented 2 seminars to focus on Creative Aging

Wendy Miller, PhD
Wendy Miller, PhD

Wendy Miller, PhD REAT, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT disrupted the stereotype of aging when Jewish Family Service hosted her for two seminars about Creative Aging, on Monday, August 21, 2017.


Professionals earned 1.5 CEs when she presented Rethinking the Paradigm of Aging and later that day, Creative Aging: Soaring Beyond Limitations was presented free to the public.


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Life's Lessons for Life's Challenges

The Jewish community is invited to understand, share, and navigate complex situations. LifeLabs offers FREE educational discussions around specific topics such as Interfaith Couples, Parents of Interfaith Couples, Parents of Kids with Anxirty and Caring for Aging Parents.
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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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Gail Ziegler honored by COA for enhancing Holocaust survivors' quality of life and independence


Jewish Family Service is proud to announce that Gail Ziegler, LISW-S, Senior Manager of Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors, was presented with the Outstanding Direct Service Provider Award by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA).


She received the award Wednesday, March 15, 2017 during the COA’s Annual Meeting, honoring her strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for older adults.


Read the full story.

Bar Mitzvah Tzedakah project helps feed kids...

13-year-old Bryce Green learned about our Heldman Family Food Pantry when he was 7, and he turned that interest into a Bar Mitzvah project collecting money and kid-friendly food to feed more kids from families in need.


Thank you Bryce for ensuring Jewish Family Service is there to strengthen lives!


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Bat Mitzvah Tzedakah project will help more People in the community...

Thanks to 13 year-old Eliana Goldner, Jewish Family Service is able to help more families and individuals in need.


Read how Eliana raised $1,000 for JFS and what inspired her to do so.

iPads help Older Adults stay connected

Zarya Keller, 81, who no longer drives, stays connected to family and friends in Cincinnati and around the world as a participant in Jewish Family Service’s Tablets and Technology: Alleviating Isolation in Holocaust Survivors program. She received the iPad and training in Skype, Facetime, and email through a grant Jewish Family Service received from Jewish Federations of North America’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care.


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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 


Music & Memory

As a MUSIC & MEMORY Certified Organization, we are proud to offer this program that helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find a renewed joy in life through music. 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.


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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


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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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.

A few notes of appreciation from our clients...



We asked clients and volunteers to write personal notes explaining how Jewish Family Service strengthened their lives.


Below is a sampling of the heartfelt messages we received:

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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