Navigating Life’s Transitions.

Together.

Social services from Jewish perspectives that respond to and support individuals and families through life’s transitions.
We are JFS.

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Founded nearly 170 years ago, we are one of the oldest social service agencies in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean we’re stagnant. We are constantly evolving our services and programs to met the ever-changing needs of our community.

We honor individual dignity, confidentiality, and inclusivity and promise to help you navigate life’s challenges—no matter who you are, how old you are, or what season you’re in. Our doors will always open to an affirming and safe space.

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Committed volunteers

Community programs

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Services & Programs

Counseling
  • Individual Counseling

Some situations in life are nearly impossible to manage, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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  • Couples Counseling

When being in a marriage or relationship feels overwhelming, we’ll help provide strength.

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  • Family Counseling

Safely work through problems and heal wounds that often prevent families from moving forward.

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  • Children & Teens Counseling

Learn the skills to handle life’s obstacles through the challenges of childhood.

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Adoption
  • Birth Parents

We offer compassion and strength in making the best decision for you and your child.

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  • Adoptive Parents

We have more than 40 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville and beyond.

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  • LGBTQ+ Adoptions

As the first agency in Tennessee to facilitate same-sex adoptions, we know that love knows no bounds.

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Food & Financial
  • Emergency Financial Assistance

Our community resources can help you temporarily while you get back on your feet.

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  • Hanukkah Gifts

Since 1993, we have ensured that all children can celebrate the holiday with dignity.

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  • Kosher Food Boxes

Kosher food boxes containing items that have been approved by a rabbi and a dietician.

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  • School Supplies

Arming students with enough school supplies to start the new year with confidence.

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Older Adults
  • Golden Lunch Bunch

Bi-monthly lunch program for older adults to enjoy a catered lunch, entertainment, and socialization.

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  • Helping Hands

Providing companionship and friendship for isolated seniors and people with disabilities.

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  • Cyber Seniors

Cyber Seniors matches computer savvy volunteers with older adults needing basic tech assistance.

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  • Jacob’s Ladder

Volunteers help seniors with small household tasks that require the use of a ladder.

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  • Low-Vision Aid

Giving seniors with failing eyesight the tools they need to maintain independence and daily living.

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  • Religious Programming

If you’re unable to travel outside of your home to celebrate the holidays, we’ll bring the holidays to you.

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Family & Community
  • Family Education

Educational programs that address emerging concerns or needs that impact families and the community.

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  • Healthy Skills for Healthy Kids

Teaching our children the aspects of building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy relationships.

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  • Jewish Job Network

A confidential committee of business leaders who review resumes and offer job opportunities.

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  • Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

Award-winning, five year curriculum using Jewish teachings to guide girls through adolescent life.

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  • Chaver Mentorships

One-on-one relationships between an adult and a child being raised in a non-traditional Jewish home.

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  • Support Groups

Support groups lead by JFS social workers that bring together people facing similar life challenges.

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Counseling Services

Individual
Counseling

Some situations in life are nearly impossible to manage, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Couples
Counseling

When being in a relationship feels overwhelming, we’ll help provide strength.

Family
Counseling

Work through problems and heal wounds that often prevent families from moving forward.

Children & Teens
Counseling

Skilled professionals help young people and their families navigate the challenges of childhood.

Adoption Services

Birth
Parents

We offer compassion and strength in making the best decision for you and your child.

Adoptive
Parents

We have more than 40 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville and beyond.

LGBTQ+
Adoptions

As the first agency in Tennessee to facilitate same-sex adoptions, we know that love knows no bounds.

Food & Financial Support

Financial
Assistance

Our community resources can help you temporarily while you get back on your feet.

Hanukkah
Gifts

Since 1993, we have ensured that all children can celebrate the holiday with dignity.

Kosher Food
Boxes

Kosher food boxes containing items that have been approved by a rabbi and a dietician.

School
Supplies

Arming students with enough school supplies to start the new year with confidence.

Older Adults Programs

Golden
Lunch Bunch

Bi-monthly lunch program for older adults to enjoy a catered lunch, entertainment, and socialization.

Helping
Hands

Providing companionship and friendship for isolated seniors and people with disabilities.

Cyber
Seniors

Cyber Seniors matches computer savvy volunteers with older adults needing basic tech assistance.

Jacob’s
Ladder

Volunteers help seniors with small household tasks that require the use of a ladder.

Low-Vision
Aid

Giving seniors with failing eyesight the tools they need to maintain independence and daily living.

Religious
Programming

If you’re unable to travel outside of your home to celebrate the holidays, we’ll bring the holidays to you.

Family & Community Support

Family
Education

Educational programs that address emerging concerns or needs that impact families and the community.

Healthy Skills For
Healthy Kids

Teaching our children the aspects of building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy relationships.

Jewish Job
Network

A confidential committee of business leaders who review resumes and offer job opportunities.

Rosh Hodesh:
It’s A Girl Thing

Award-winning, five year curriculum using Jewish teachings to guide girls through adolescent life.

Chaver
Mentorships

One-on-one relationships between an adult and a child being raised in a non-traditional Jewish home.

Support
Groups

Support groups lead by JFS social workers that bring together people facing similar life challenges.
2021-22 Featured Program

Mental Health Matters

In one way or another, the past year has made an impact on nearly every individual’s mental health. In addition to our on-going services, we have developed a year-long series of programs designed to address the mental health needs of our community. Please join us.

Testimonials

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“JFS Nashville helped make my dream of becoming a parent a reality. From beginning to end, they provided skillful and compassionate guidance through the long and emotional adoption journey. I remain forever grateful and blessed for the work they do in the LGBT community.”

– Adoption Client

“The social workers at Jewish Family Services are caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable. They always made sure we were comfortable and treated our family with the utmost respect.”

– Counseling Client

“Thank you for the supplemental food box this month. This helps immensely and the good, hearty, healthy and large amount of food will lower my bill. Thank you for the kindness and discreteness you have shown me.”

– Kosher Food Box Recipient

“Thanks so much for your caring spirit. I’m forever grateful for your support during this down period in my life. JFS is a great place for families.”

– Financial Assistance Recipient

“We are so thankful and overwhelmed by the love shown to our children through JFS. This is going to be the best holiday ever for them! Thank you is just too small for what’s in our hearts!”

– Hanukkah Gift Recipient

“I hope that JFS understands what an important service they are doing with the Helping Hands Program. The Shabbat services led by volunteers in the assisted living facility where my mother lives allow her to have a Jewish life in which she can participate on her own. It gives her a needed feeling of independence.”

– Helping Hands Participant Family Member

How to Support JFS

Our organization is sustained by the generosity of those who contribute time and resources. If you would like to give back to JFS, there are a number of ways to help.

Our Impact

Counseling Individuals

Adoption Families

Hanukkah Gift Recipients

Seniors Served

News & Community Resources

JFS Central

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All Services

Our comprehensive social services and programs are designed to enrich the whole person, enhance the whole family, and empower the whole community–no matter your age, race, religion, preference, identity, economic standing, or otherwise.

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Counseling Services

Life can be challenging, relationships can be hard, and you may need the extra support that comes with working with a therapist. Our licensed social workers offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as for children and adolescents.

Individuals  |  Couples  |  Families   |  Children & Teens

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Adoption Services

Choosing to adopt a child, or to place a child for adoption, is a life-altering decision. We are a licensed child-placing agency in Tennessee with more than 40 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Birth Parents  |  Adoptive Parents  |  LGBTQ+ Adoptions

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Food & Financial Support

Whether you need emergency financial assistance, such as help paying a utility bill or rent for the month, or material assistance by ensuring your children have gifts at the holidays, school supplies, or food supplements, Jewish Family Service offers this critical assistance in a confidential, compassionate manner.

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Older Adult Programs & Services

We recognize that older adults are true treasures, and we strive to create and maintain a community that values and celebrates them for their wisdom, contributions, and experiences. Our programs and services are an important outlet for our older adults, encouraging them to be social and stimulated.

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Family & Community Enrichment

Life can be challenging, and knowledge is power. The Jewish Family Service’s Family and Community Enrichment programs serve to empower, protect, and address the ever-changing needs of the entire Nashville community.

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Who We Are

Passionate providers of comprehensive social services, we are advocates, allies, educators, cheerleaders, and guides who create solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages.

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Our Staff

We are a team of experienced professionals dedicated to treating each person with compassion, care and dignity.

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Board of Directors

A group of people with different backgrounds and perspectives who come together to help Jewish Family Service fulfill its mission and expand its reach.

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Ways To Help

The number of ways in which you can help support individuals and families navigate life’s transitions are endless.

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Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of how we support our clients. Find opportunities to assist those in our community who need a helping hand.

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Make a Donation

Since our founding in 1853, the generous support of our community has made the work of Jewish Family Service possible.

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JFS Central

Press coverage about JFS Nashville’s programing and services, learn about the history of the agency from our past newsletters, and enjoy reading original JFS content like our signature advice column, “Dear Esther.” Stay up to date with the impact we’re making throughout our community.

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Events & Gatherings

Check out the full calendar of upcoming JFS Nashville events. From community education, support groups, and special engagements alike, find out where you can show up and get connected.

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Information & Referral Resources

Connect with our community partners. Our information and referral directory includes local and national resources that can provide additional support for addiction, mental health, and more.

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Senior Services Directory

Need to know which pharmacies deliver? How to get a ride somewhere? Volunteer opportunities? The senior directory is the go-to resource for anything seniors might need related to the community.

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Contact Us

How can we help? Send us a message, give us a call, or find us on social media. We usually respond within 1-2 business days.

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