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!

Bigs & Littles Mentor Info Nights...

Join us for light refreshments and learn about our Bigs & Littles School-Based Program!

This is a unique opportunity to have fun while making a difference in the life of a child. Bigs & Littles School-Based mentoring program matches caring adults with at-risk children ages 9-12. Mentors meet once a week with their mentee for activities, games, friendship, and group learning.


Choose the date that works best for you when you register online.

July 19, 6-8 pm at Redtree Art Gallery

July 26, 6-8pm at Oakley Pub & Grill


Learn more                Register online now 

Jewish Family Service 2017 Annual Meeting...

Larry Juran and Andi Levenson Young
Larry Juran and Andi Levenson Young

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


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.


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

Ann Sutton Burke
Ann Sutton Burke

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


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     


2 seminars to focus on Creative Aging - Aug 21

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.

Wendy Miller, PhD
Wendy Miller, PhD

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


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


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 Wendy Miller, PhD

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


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: Call Brittany at (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.