Fostering Hope, Empowering Individuals and Families for Generations

Jewish Family & Social Service has been providing caring, professional services to the greater Toledo area since 1949. We are committed to excellent outreach and service to our community and advocacy for the vulnerable. JFS provides essential programs and services that enhance and strengthen the lives of children, adults, families, and seniors. Our work is guided by the Jewish values of tikkun olam, repair of the world, and gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness. 

Community & Social Services


  • JFS Family Pantry

Our pantry services are available to all Lucas County residents in need, by appointment only. Recipients are given items to make complete and healthy meals, based on individual preferences and special dietary requirements. Personal care, hygiene products, cleaning supplies are also available. The Family Pantry is carefully maintained and is certified by the Northwest Ohio Food Bank, and a proud partner of Shared Legacy Farms CSA. To make an appointment, please contact Deb Damshroder at 419-724-0405.


  • Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for Jewish individuals and families facing an emergent situation. A financial review is conducted by a JFS professional who determines eligibility and creates a short-term plan with the individual to address current needs. A longer-term plan is formulated to regain and maintain financial stability and independence. Once approved, a grant or a loan is provided, based on individual needs and resources. For more information, please contact Shari Bernstein at


  • Indigent Burial

Jewish Family Service is responsible for the determination of eligibility for assistance and the coordination of the interment of indigent Jewish individuals. Indigent burials are determined on a case-by-case basis where resources of both the deceased and his or her immediate family (i.e., spouse, parent, children of majority age) are reviewed. For more information, please contact Lee Johnson at


  • Refugee Services

Our dedicated, bilingual refugee services coordinator assists older and disabled Russians and their families who were resettled by JFS with the necessary social services to maintain self-sufficiency and quality of life. Personalized services include case management and advocacy, translation at appointments for medical care, housing, welfare and other financial benefits, and assistance with citizenship. For more information, please contact Tanya at 419-724-0412


  • Care Management

Specialized Social Workers assist with coordination of in-home services provided by partner-agencies. In-home services provided by our partner agencies include housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, errands, medication reminders and set-up, assistance with bathing and dressing, home health care, and hospice. Individuals who elect to receive JFS-arranged care are considered for an hourly-rate subsidy. Following the initial assessment and coordination of service, the JFS  Social Worker can be contacted in advocating for the best possible care. For more information, please contact Deb at 419-724-0405


  • Case Management

Case management services assist families in coping with changes that often face older family members and/or those with disabilities. Through meetings with clients and their family members, a Jewish Family Service professional assesses the current situation, develops an individualized plan of care, recommends needed services and available care options, assists the client and family members in accessing needed services, and provides on-going monitoring and assessment. For more information, please contact Liz at 419-724-0406



Toledo Jewish Cemetery Association


For information regarding Toledo Jewish Cemetery Association, please contact or 419-724-0404.

For information about volunteer programs and engagement opportunities, please contact McKenzie Pittman at


JFS Family Pantry is always accepting donations of personal care and hygiene products such as: 

Facial Tissue, Toilet Paper (individually wrapped/small packages), Hand Sanitizer, Disinfecting Wipes, Liquid Hand Soap, Dish Soap, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Shampoo/Conditioner, Body Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes. To arrange a drop-off time, please contact our office at 419-724-0401.


Monetary donations can be made over the phone by contacting our office at 419-724-0401, through online payment by clicking the donate button above, or by mailing a check to Jewish Family Service noting where the donation should be processed.



Senior Resource Connect, a service of the Association of the Jewish Family and Children's Agencies (AJFCA) network, provides information and resources to assist older adults and caregivers in discussing their needs with aging services professionals. Check out this one-stop connection to local service providers.