Fostering Hope, Empowering Individuals and Families for Generations

Jewish Family & Social Services 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. JFSS 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


  • JFSS 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 JFSS 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 & Social Services 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 Stephen Rothschild at


  • Refugee Services

Our dedicated, bilingual refugee services coordinator assists older and disabled Russians and their families who were resettled by JFSS 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 JFSS-arranged care are considered for an hourly-rate subsidy. Following the initial assessment and coordination of service, the JFSS 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 & Social Services 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





JFSS staff is here to help!


Perhaps you or a family member are in need of help with senior social services. Maybe you know someone in need of support from a family pantry. Jewish Family and Social Services offers a range of services to benefit our community. JFSS has a knowledgeable and caring staff waiting to help you.



Sekach Building Manager

Hannah Loeser

(419) 724- 0401

Administrative and operations support;  and functional coordination and direction of community calls and visits for services. Ensures safety and security of the JFSS building during operational hours. 


Refugee Services Coordinator

Tanya Borochin

(419) 724-0401 (for now)

Provides case management and advocacy to the current Russian refugees requiring assistance with housing, independent and assisted living, medical, mental health, financial benefits, welfare, SSI. Offers translation services for physicians, hospitals, mental health organizations and other benefit related organizations.


Facility Case Manager & Scholarship Coordinator

Deb Damschroder, M.Ed., LSW, CASP

(419) 724-0405

Ensures the physical social and emotional needs of those from our community residing in long term care facilities (nursing homes), assisted and independent living communities. Also assists families in determining if a higher level of care is needed, as well as appropriate placement for their family member.


Food Pantry & Engagement Coordinator

Deb Damschroder, M.Ed., LSW, CASP (419) 724-0405

Manages Family Pantry Services and Volunteer Opportunities at JFSS

Pantry Phone (For appointments and information): (419) 376-0175


Support Services Coordinator

Liz Witter, LSW

(419) 724-0406

Assists with lining up services to help community members (mostly seniors) to remain safe and independent while remaining in their own homes. Offers case management to provide information about services such as Medicare/Medicaid, Area Office on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, and emergency funding needs within the community. Also manages the Patient Advocate Program that offers trained volunteers to accompany Jewish Seniors to medical appointments as an advocate and second pair of ears.


Director of Jewish Family and Social Services 

Shari Bernstein, M.Ed., LPC, LICDC

(419) 724-0408

Offers supervision, support, and advocacy for JFSS Staff.


Vice President Senior, Family and Social Services

Ben Malczewski

Beginning December 6, 2021.

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 Shari Bernstein at


JFSS 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 & Social Services noting where the donation should be processed.