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For more information about Jewish Family Service programs and services, contact Lee Johnson at or 419-724-0401. 

Fostering Hope, Empowering Individuals and Families for Generations

Jewish Family Service (JFS) has been providing caring, professional services to the greater Toledo area since 1949. JFS helps people who are in need, not just the needy. We are committed to excellent outreach and service to our community and advocacy for the vulnerable. Our work is guided by the traditional Jewish values of tikkun olam, repair of the world, and gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness.




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JFS provides essential programs and services that enhance and strengthen the lives of children, adults, families, and seniors.


Community Services

Family Pantry

Recipients are given food to make complete and healthy meals, based on individual preferences and special dietary requirements. Cleaning supplies, toiletries and other items are also provided. The Family Pantry is carefully maintained and is certified by the Northwest Ohio Food Bank. It is open to the public during regular office hours by appointment only. Recipients must meet with a staff person for an assessment to facilitate linkages with other resources.


CSA/Farm to Food Pantry Program

A partnership with Shared Legacy Farms CSA enables community members to purchase shares of locally grown fruit and vegetables which are delivered to JFS weekly during the growing season. Community donations are used to purchase shares for our Farm to Food Pantry Program which are distributed to needy families through our Family Pantry.


This service provides a critical connection for people who do not know where or how to access available community resources.


Social Services

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available for Jewish individuals and families facing an emergency 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.


Refugee Services

Refugee Services 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 provided by our dedicated, bilingual refugee services coordinator include:
•    Case management service
    coordination that addresses a
    variety of needs
•    Translation at appointments
    for medical care, welfare or
    other financial benefits, and
•    Citizenship assistance
•    Advocacy


Holiday Food Baskets (Ma'os Hittem)
Traditional holiday food items are distributed at Rosh Hashanah and Passover to individuals and families who are in difficult financial situations. The baskets include food and symbolic items that enable the recipients to participate in the observance of the holidays and to enjoy festive holiday meals.


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.


Senior Services

Care Management
Our eldercare specialists help seniors achieve quality of life and to live with dignity. 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. We train their caregivers so your needs will be understood and addressed with knowledge of Jewish tradition. Individuals who elect to receive JFS-arranged care are considered for an hourly rate subsidy. Following the initial assessment, you and your family can conveniently call our social workers who will address issues quickly and ensure our partner agencies give the best possible care.


Friendly Visitor

The Friendly Visitor Program engages volunteers of all ages to visit homebound and isolated Jewish individuals. Friendly Visitors generate hope and a feeling of personal worth by nuturing their new friends with the knowledge that they are highly regarded and valued. A sense of purpose and fulfillment flows both ways in the volunteer/friend relationship as both lives are deeply enriched.

Volunteers are trained and carefully matched with those desiring companionship, friendship, and a connection to the outside world. Ongoing education and supervision from staff give volunteers new skills, confidence, and support. 


Jewish Living Center
The Jewish Living Center in the JFS building offers fun and engaging programs and activities with a focus on wellness. Social activities include catered lunches, special day trips, movies, overnight vacation trips, and summer day camp. Wellness and fitness programs, offered by a kinisiotherapist, include exercise and balance classes, and Tai Chi. A registered nurse provides weekly blood pressure checks. Painting classes, Mah Jongg, bingo, and card playing are also available. Entertainers and educational speakers are featured monthly.


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. 


Outreach involves making contact with Jewish individuals who may be ill, isolated, frail or in need of information and direction, be it in their home, hospital, rehabilitation or assisted living facility or nursing home. Jewish programming is also provided at various facilities to “reach” the Jews living there. 


  • Want to make a difference? Contact Micki Pittman at or 419-724-0407.

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Special Needs Services


The Special Needs Committee is a resource for services that may be required by students in congregational religious schools, Gan Yeladim pre-school, and youth groups. The committee also sponsors an annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month program which highlights disability issues and fosters inclusion and participation in the Jewish community.


Miriam’s Well oversees the special needs services that may be required by students in congregational religious schools, Gan Yeladim pre-school, and youth groups. Consultation is also provided to educators, parents and staff in these settings. The community also sponsors an annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month program which highlights disability issues and fosters inclusion and participation in the Jewish community.


Friendship Circle is a collaborative program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, Jewish Family Service and Chabad House of Toledo. It provides programs and support to children with special needs and their families and utilizes the energy, passion and enthusiasm of teen volunteers. Through a unique and strong relationship with their volunteer, these children bloom and gain the confidence they need to make the most their abilities and talents. The Friendship Circle enriches the lives of its volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving. Parents and siblings receive respite, support, encouragement, and opportunities for social interaction with each other.

Click here for more information about Friendship Circle of Toledo.


Jewish Holiday Outreach

Jewish adults who are developmentally disabled are afforded the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish holidays in ways that are meaningful to them. JFS works with staff from various facilities to enable the participants to sing songs, listen to stories, do arts and crafts, and eat traditional foods that are associated with the various holidays.

Toledo Jewish Cemetery Association


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

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.