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!

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 
Alan R. Mack Speaker Series

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

Cooper Creek Event Center

Learn a different way to help people with addiction.
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Professional Development  6 CEs
   6 Physician CMEs now available!

Miriam O. Smith Educational Series

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

NEEDED: Volunteers for Passover Delivery...

When 400 Seder meals are needed, Jewish Family Service is there. And we can't do it without you.


Sunday, March 25, 2018 is the 20th Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service. Help us feed Cincinnati's Jewish families that could not otherwise afford to observe the holiday.




Read a personal story about Robyn - when Matzo or Medicine shouldn't be a choice.


Donate now and help us reach our goal to raise $15,000 by March 16th.


Sign up to volunteer and on Sunday, March 25, 2018 help us deliver more than 400 boxes filled with Passover food. You'll also deliver a smile!

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. 

Yom HaShoah Day of Holocaust Remembrance...

Please register by April 1st:

Lisa Shusterman at 513-487-3055 or

Join us as we remember the six million victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors with a candle-lighting ceremony by six survivor families, music and prayer. All descendants of survivors will have the opportunity to light candles in memory of their loved ones. This year’s thought-provoking program will reflect on the future of Holocaust memory.

Sunday • April 15, 2018 • 2pm • Mayerson JCC


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

Holocaust survivors receive free hearing test...

Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust survivors offers free monthly hearing screenings, and free hearing aids to aging clients. These services, along with the many other services offered to Holocaust survivors, help them stay independent and thriving.

This service is supported by a grant from The Bahmann Foundation.

We receive additional funding from Conference on Jewish Materials Claims Against Germany.

JFS director of Aging & Caregiver Services was featured live on radio...

Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC, Jewish Family Service Director of Aging and Caregiver Services was recently featured on a local radio station to share her expert tips on how to keep older loved ones safe and make sure they are taken care of.

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

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 Children with Anxiety and Caring for Aging Family Members.
Learn more.


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.  


Learn more.

Holocaust survivors learn technology to stay connected...

Congratulations to our newest techies who received their certificates of completion through our Tablets and Technology: Alleviating Isolation in Holocaust Survivors program. To date,  more than 40 survivors are now able to stay in touch with loved-ones via email and video chats, thanks to volunteers who trained them in Skype, Facetime, email, and more!


Learn more

This service is supported by a grant from The JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. We receive additional funding from Conference on Jewish Materials Claims Against Germany, and The Bahmann Foundation.

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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