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!

Click on the arrow, clap along, and see how our community counts on Jewish Family Service to be there to strengthen lives in times of need:

It's Back!  2018 Dancing with our Stars...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Jack Cincinnati Casino private ballroom

Tickets and Voting are NOW OPEN!

It is time for our 3rd biennial Dancing with our Stars gala!  We are excited to introduce our line-up of talented, energetic, enthusiastic, and generous Celebrity Dancers who are volunteering their time to raise money for Jewish Family Service! Learn more.

90 minutes a week can Make a BIG Difference.

 Volunteer Mentors Needed for
Pleasant Ridge Montessori School
Sept 2018 - May 2019


  • As a Big, you will meet with the same child once a week in a group setting
  • We provide a variety of games and activities for you and your Little to enjoy while building healthy communication and leadership skills

Learn more, RSVP for an informational session
or contact Linda at 513-766-3318 or

German volunteer bonds with Holocaust survivors

After working with Holocaust survivors at Jewish Family Service, Sven Iding, a 21-year-old volunteer from Germany, is now able to better understand what it is the survivors experienced.


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Holocaust survivors' personal stories recorded for history

Bonnie Rupe partnered with Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors to create beautifully written "books" recording their personal stories and family photos.

Read them here


Volunteer to help Holocaust survivors stay connected to family, friends, and the world

Is using an iPad easy for you?


Volunteer with our Tablets and Technology: Alleviating Isolation in Holocaust Survivors project and teach survivors how to use an iPad to help them stay connected to family, friends, and the world.


Russian speakers are especially needed.  Learn more.


Read more about the Tablets and Technology: Alleviating Isolation in Holocaust Survivors project in this spotlight article by The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio.

Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting...

Larry Juran, Board President and Liz Vogel, CEO
Larry Juran, Board President and Liz Vogel, CEO


Celebrating the Past.
Preparing for the Future.


As Jewish Family Service celebrated 75 years of strengthening lives at its Annual Meeting on June 21, its Board President Larry Juran and its CEO, Liz Vogel, shared how the agency is preparing to meet the future needs of people in our community who face life challenges. They also recognized the importance of Jewish Family Service donors, staff, and volunteers to support those needs. 

Read the full article 


Save the Date! Saturday, November 3....

Meryl Juran and Judy Kadetz have been announced as the Co-chairs for Jewish Family Service’s 3rd biennial Dancing with our Stars fundraising gala. Save the date for this fun-filled event that will take place Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the private ballroom at Jack Cincinnati Casino.


Modeled after the popular television show, local celebrity dancers will lace up their dance shoes and perform with professional dance partners in a thrilling battle to raise the most money and be crowned the winner.


But the real winners are the children, vulnerable families, and older adults who depend on Jewish Family Service to help them live with dignity, security, and hope.


Juran and Kadetz have been active agency volunteers, delivering food with the Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service project to families experiencing financial difficulty.


“Participating in the Passover delivery project, we saw firsthand the appreciation of the families. It put a smile on their faces which warmed our hearts,” said Kadetz.


Juran agreed, saying, “Jewish Family Service provides a multitude of vital services to the community, which improves the quality of life for so many individuals. We are delighted to be co-chairing the 2018 Dancing with our Stars gala, which is the major fundraiser for Jewish Family Service. The ‘celebrity’ dancers and the venue are spectacular and will make for an entertaining evening.”


Stay tuned for dancer, judges, and emcee announcements! 


Volunteers with our Passover Delivery project bring meals and smiles for the 20th year.

JFS Board President Larry Juran sets to deliver Passover food with his daughter Brie and his granddaughter Luca
JFS Board President Larry Juran sets to deliver Passover food with his daughter Brie and his granddaughter Luca

When 400 Seder meals are needed, Jewish Family Service is there. And we did it with 125 volunteers!


Thank you to the volunteers who collected, stocked, sorted, and delivered Passover food for the 20th Annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service project! They helped Cincinnati's Jewish families that could not otherwise afford to buy Passover food be able to properly observe the holiday.


Read the full article

See more photos of our volunteers 



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


Donate now to help alleviate hunger in our community


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.

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

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.

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 


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.

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.

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.