Jewish Family Service Speakers...

Jewish Family Service is partnering with other organizations for the following community events. Please join us as our JFS professionals lead the discussion:


Opera performance and discussion (in partnership with Mayerson JCC)

Seduction or Assault? A Discussion of Consent in Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Time: 7 pm

Location: Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236


Mozart’s 1787 masterpiece Don Giovanni is a staple of the operatic repertoire. The story is based upon the legend of Don Juan, an infamous and arrogant nobleman who fancies himself quite the seducer. His methods, however, reveal a disturbing pattern of abuse.


Queen City Opera will perform selected scenes from the opera, followed by a discussion of consent and assault led by Isaac Selya, Founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Opera and Debi M. Varland, MA MAT ATR of Jewish Family Service




Anxiety, Adoption and Making a Family in an Uncertain World

with Speaker Rabbi Susan Silverman

Date: Thursday, October, 26, 2017

Location: TBD

Time: 7-9 pm


Rabbi Susan Silverman is a teacher, activist, and author (including the 2016 book Casting Lots).  She is also the founder of Second Nurture: Every Child Deserves a Family – and a Community,  a program to find permanent, loving families for all children by creating cohorts of adoptive families within supportive communities. She is an advocate for social justice and for making Israel the place where Jews can be their conceivable best.


In partnership with Rockdale Temple and HUC  


Right In Our Backyard: Drug & Alcohol Awareness 

Panel Discussion of Local and National Speakers

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Location: Mayerson JCC

Time: 7-9 pm


The Drug & Alcohol Awareness panel will include local law enforcement, an addiction specialist, an individual in recovery, a parent, and a medical professional. Discussions will include Cincinnati area trends; how to talk to kids; what happens in the brain; the misuse, overuse, or abuse of alcohol and drugs (both legal and illegal); and how to help ourselves or someone we care about.


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Book & Bottles (in partnership with Mayerson JCC)

A Tale of Love & Darkness by Amos Oz

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Location: Room 122, Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 

Time: 6:30-9 pm


Cheese & Wine provided

Join us for an evening of Israeli food, wine, and rich discussion of writer Amos Oz’s autobiography, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”. We’ll delve into Oz’s story of witnessing the birth of Israel and its turbulent history with UC Professor and Judaic Studies Department Head, Gila Naveh.

Free with reservation at


The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard* 

Date: March 23, 2017

Location: Adath Israel

Time: TBD

Snacks & drinks will be provided

21+ years old


*The author will be in attendance at this meeting


 JCC Film Festival:

The Last Mentsch

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Time: 3:00pm

Location: The Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236


Marcus, a solitary Holocaust survivor, must find a way to prove his identity in order to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. With the help of a brash young woman, they embark upon a life-changing journey.


Discussion to follow led by Gail Ziegler, LISW-S, Sr Manager, Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors


There will also be a short film screening of Broken Branches

What is the Topic for Your Next Meeting?


Whether you are dealing with kids, taking care of aging parents, or stressed over relationships, personal problems can interfere with family responsibilities, work and the day-to-day sense of well-being. Jewish Family Service offers a wide range of topics, led by experienced professionals, to help your community meet the challenges of life.


Our classes are ready to go on the road – choose a topic, date, time and location, and we will come to you.


For more information, or to schedule a program, contact Linda Kean, Director, Education & Mentoring, 513-766-3318,

Classes for Parents, Guardians, Teachers and Students

  • Avoiding Power Struggles With Children
  • Understanding Temperament
  • Building Emotional Intelligence
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk
  • Raising Confident Competent Children
  • Understanding Children’s Behavior
  • Healthy Communication
  • Building Healthy Adult Relationships
  • Helping Children Manage Anger
  • Raising a Reader
  • Discipline
  • Teaching Children to Take Responsibility
  • Siblings Without Rivalry
  • Understanding Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships for Teens
  • Understanding Child Sexual Abuse- a prevention and response program for adults (in partnership with Darkness to Light)

Managing Aging and Caregiver Issues

  • Community Resources to Help Your Aging Parents
  • The Sandwich Generation
  • Aging and Spirituality
  • Depression or Dementia
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s
  • Encore Careers
  • Retirement- Am I ready yet?
  • Conversations on Aging
  • Benefits Review- What Am I Eligible For?
  • Understand Medicare and Medicaid
  • Senior Housing Alternatives
  • Brain Fitness (Collaboration of Jewish Family Service and Mayerson J)
  • Holocaust Survivors

Meeting Life’s Challenges

  • Stress Management
  • Adoption Issues
  • Loss and Grief in Adoption
  • The Adoption Process
  • Trans-cultural Parenting in Adoption
  • Understanding the Warning Signs of Suicide (in partnership with a Suicide Prevention agency)
  • Building Healthy Relationships for Life