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.

In times of need, Jewish Family Service is There!

Jewish Family Service 2017 Annual Meeting...

Help us welcome Larry Juran as new Board President at the 73rd Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting.


Come enjoy a dessert reception, awards, and highlights!


Wednesday, June 21

7 - 8:30 pm

Amberley Room, Mayerson JCC

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236



Learn more or Register online now  Read the 2016 Annual Report


Contact Paula Tompkins at (513)766-3326 /

Help Me Help My Aging Parents! A Q&A with your expert in aging.

Get answers to your questions, concerns, and confusion about caring for your aging parents.


Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC, Jewish Family Service Director of Aging and Caregiver Services will discuss and answer questions about how and if your parents should stay in their own home, Medicare, Medicaid, dementia, sharing decisions with siblings, and more.

FREE        Tuesday, June 27            7 pm       Mayerson JCC

Learn More     Register online now


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, Single Parents, Bereavement and more.
Learn more.


JFS Hunger Walk Team still accepting donations

Thank you to the team members who laced up your shoes and hit the pavement for a tremendous cause! The Jewish Family Service team and online donors raised more than $1,600 so far when the team joined the Freestore Foodbank's 14th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run on May 29! 100% of the $25 registration fee (including the T-shirt fee) provides the equivalent of 90 lbs of food for Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry - that's equal to 75 meals! 


Continue supporting the team through JUNE 30, 2017 from the comfort of your sofa with a donation.   Learn more about the walk.     Donate to our team now

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!


Read more


You helped vulnerable families fill their plates this Passover

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


On April 2, 2017, 92 volunteers with the 19th Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service helped deliver more than 400 meals to Cincinnati's Jewish families that could not otherwise afford to observe the holiday. Learn more.


You did it! We exceeded our goal to raise $15,000 by March 24th! Of course, the need continues all year long, so Donate now to help feed people in need throughout the year.


Helping people cope with the loss of a loved one...

Jewish Family Service is offering a bimonthly Bereavement Group to bring together those who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The group is open to the community and is in partnership with Adath Israel Congregation.


For more information contact:

Dori Singer at

or (513) 766-3317

Jewish Family Service Offers Speakers and Support for Trauma Survivors...

Thank you to our co-chairs Susan Shorr and Alyce Ellison for helping make the Jewish Family Service 13th annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series professional development workshop a success!

Confronting Shame & Self-Loathing: Pathways to Healing, was led by expert Sharon Gold-Steinberg and focused extensively on the significant role of shame in trauma survivors.  Learn more


Additionally, Jewish Family Service brought in Mary Vicario, LPCC-S and her colleague Sarah Buffie to teach the public how to recognize trauma symptoms in family members and themselves, and how to begin the healing process.


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.


Learn more


Jewish Family Service strengthens lives in times of need.

We are proud to be a partner with United Way and to have been chosen to share this young woman's story with the Enquirer for the 2016 Wish List.

Enquirer Wish List helps United Way families have bright holidays.

 (Photo: The Enquirer/Meg Vogel)
(Photo: The Enquirer/Meg Vogel)

 Akira Underwood, 14, poses for a portrait in her home in Westwood Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Akira loves to read and dreams of being a librarian one day, but she struggles with science and math in school.


Learn more.about Akira and other families who are being helped by donations to the Enquirer's 2016 Wish List. 



AND AFTER THE ARTICLE RAN: After Akira mentioned in the Wish List article that she wanted to be a librarian, the Cincinnati Public Library made her dream come true as Librarian of the Day at the Westwood Branch LibraryRead the article about her exciting experience and see more pictures


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.


Learn more.

Ann Sutton Burke honored as Outstanding Leader in the Field of Aging

Our director of Aging and Caregiver Services Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC was honored as Outstanding Leader in the Field of Aging 2016 by Association for Professionals in Aging (APA) during an Awards and Holiday Luncheon December 8, 2016.


Ann has been an exemplary leader in the field of aging services in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region for more than 36 years, and is diligent in her efforts to dispel stereotypes and bias against aging. 


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


Thank you to our Dancing Stars - See the videos


What a fun evening we had when these Stars volunteered for Dancing with our Stars 2016. A sold out room of 500+ enjoyed the 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.


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.





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.

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."


Learn more.


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.