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!
Creative Aging makes aging a more meaningful and positive experience versus a time of decline. Join us as Jewish Family Service Alan R. Mack Speaker Series presents expressive art therapist and writer Wendy Miller, PhD for two discussions.
FOR THE COMMUNITY - FREE
7-8:30pm Monday, Aug 21, Cooper Creek Event Center
Creative Aging: Soaring Beyond Limitations
Learn how creativity can be a catalyst for hope, love, and healing under any circumstance, illness or age. Learn more
FOR PROFESSIONALS - $20
11am - 12:30pm Monday, Aug 21, Rockdale Temple Social Hall
Rethinking the Paradigm of Aging
Learn how to tap into positive potential while facing the intersections of adversity and possibility Learn more
Jewish Family Service CEO Beth Schwartz will be stepping down in September after a long and fulfilling career with the agency to pursue other opportunities in the broader social services community. Beth has been with JFS for the past 18 years and has led the organization as CEO since 2006. She promoted Jewish Family Service's name and mission through her key positions on local, regional, and national Boards and Executive Committees. In 2014 Beth was a WE Celebrate Awards Finalist for Woman of the Year - Nonprofit, which was presented by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. A few key accomplishments during her long tenure have been the creation of the Barbash Family Vital Support Center, the growth in funding and innovation in services for Holocaust Survivors, and the merger with Big Brothers Big Sisters Association. The JFS Board of Directors will be seeking a new leadership perspective to build upon the strong foundation that Beth leaves behind. Her last day at the helm will be just prior to the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, symbolizing a fresh beginning for both her and the organization.
Imagine for a minute what it feels like to be a Holocaust survivor. They've been through the worst. Unfortunately, they now suffer in other ways just because they are much older. Please help Cincinnati Holocaust survivors by making a gift and spreading the word to family and friends.
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.
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.
Tips about caring for aging parents were answered in free public forum.
On June 27, Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC, Jewish Family Service Director of Aging and Caregiver Services, discussed and answered questions about how and if your parents should stay in their own home, Medicare, Medicaid, dementia, sharing decisions with siblings, and more. Learn More
Larry Juran installed as new Board President at the 73rd Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting.
"Jewish Family Service is really the primary delivery system of the mitzvah of compassion," said Rabbi Irv Wise at the JFS Annual Meeting held June 21, 2017 at the Mayerson JCC.
The theme of caring, compassion, and treating everyone as family was carried out throughout the evening.
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.
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!
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: Call Brittany at (513) 766-3317
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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."