Navigating Life's Transitions. Together.

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With over 25 programs and services, the staff and volunteers at JFS can help you navigate life’s transitions–no matter how big your need.


How Can We Help?

We strive to enrich the whole person, enhance the whole family, and empower the whole community with over 25 programs and services designed to help you navigate life’s transitions. We can meet multiple individual and family needs at the same time, or over the course of a lifetime.

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Providing specific information in your message will allow us to better assist you, but please do not convey any sensitive health or mental health information electronically. A JFS staff person will be in touch as soon as possible–usually within 1-2 business days.

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Open Hours

Mon – Thurs: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Does JFS charge fees for service?

JFS offers many services to clients at no fee, including support groups, senior services, family life education, information and referral and more. The services that do have fees are counseling, case management and adoption services.

Can everyone use the services of JFS or do you have to be a certain age or at a certain income?

People of all ages and incomes come to JFS!

The following programs are available to the entire Nashville and Middle TN region:

  • Individual, Couples, Family, and Children & Teen Counseling
  • Adoption Services
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Support Groups
  • Family Life Education Programming

Due to guidelines from our funding sources, specific programs are available only to those of the Jewish faith, as follows:

  • All Financial Assistance Programs
  • Kosher Food Boxes
  • Helping Hands
  • Case Management
  • The Jewish Job Network

Does JFS take insurance for therapy services?

Yes, JFS does take insurance for therapy services. JFS therapists are professional, experienced licensed clinical social workers. Jewish Family Service is an in-network provider for several major insurance companies as well as EAP providers (You may wish to check with your insurance company prior to your visit.) We also accept Medicare.  Clients without insurance may qualify for service on a sliding scale based on income and family size. Please contact us at (615) 356-4234 for additional information.

How do I get started?

First call JFS at (615) 356-4234. If you are a parent or guardian, you can call on behalf of your loved one.

How do you keep my information private?

All communications with Jewish Family Service are confidential and all employees must sign confidentiality agreements. Written records are kept in locked files. Although our offices are located within the Gordon Jewish Community Center, the entrance to our offices are in the back of the building with a private entrance and fully confidential.

Does JFS accept walk-ins?

No. Please call (615) 356-4234 to make an appointment with one of our social workers.

Are there volunteer opportunities at JFS?

Yes! We love volunteers. Please check our volunteer opportunities here.

Ready to get started?

We’re ready when you are.

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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jfs-nashville-about-us-thumbnail-2024Our Staff

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

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jfs-nashville-board-of-directors-thumbnail-2024Board 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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Our Impact

We serve the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in many different ways. Here are a few of the human stories where JFS programs have made a tangible difference in people’s daily lives.

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Items That Tell a Story

We’ve compiled a selection of items that we use frequently at JFS – in some cases every day.

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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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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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Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters is a JFS series that was designed to reduce the stigma of mental health issues by providing education, increasing awareness, and inclusivity. Check out our ongoing resources and past programming.

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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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