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!

Be a 2017 Friend of JFS and help strengthen lives

“If you want to know what it’s like to lose everything

you have, let me tell you that in one word.  Horrifying.”


Jewish Family Service was there for this 61 year-old woman, and we continue to be there for more than 4,000 neighbors in Cincinnati who rely on your support to overcome obstacles in their lives.

"Because of JFS, I no longer feel 'alone in the world.' In
these times, we all know how hard it can be to find that

kind of community. But it is alive and well at JFS. And I


am grateful for it."                                                                                      


Please give generously to the JFS Friends 2017 campaign. Your gift will ensure that Jewish Family Service will always be there to strengthen lives in times of need.


Learn more      Donate online now  

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

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

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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Using humor, author Susan Silverman will share her experiences on raising a family in today's world

Susan Silverman will take an irreverent & witty look at how parental love can tackle the messiness of typical family life when

Jewish Family Service presents Balancing Family in a Beautiful Uncertain World. Silverman is an author, rabbi, teacher, activist, founder of Second Nurture: Every Child Deserves a Family – And a Community, and sister of comedian Sarah Silverman.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

7-9 pm including a book sale and signing

Cooper Creek Event Center - 4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45241

Register online now          Learn more


This is presented in partnership with: 

HUC-JIR logo
Wise Temple logo
Rockdale Temple logo


The community is also invited to hear Rabbi Silverman present Women of the Wall 6 - 8 pm, Friday, October 27, during the Shabbat service at Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road, Amberley, OH 45236.

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, Infertility and Caring for Aging Parents.
Learn more.


Campaign to help Holocaust Survivors...

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. 

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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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Jewish Family Service 2017 Annual Meeting...

Larry Juran and Andi Levenson Young
Larry Juran, Presisent and Andi Levenson Young, Immediate Past President

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.


Learn more                 Read the 2016 Annual Report


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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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.


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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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