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Comprehensive social services for those in Davidson County and Middle TN, no matter your age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Programs and services to enrich the whole person, enhance the whole family, and empower the whole community.

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Jewish Family Service offers comprehensive social services to those in Davidson County and Middle TN, no matter your age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or economic standing. Together, we are changing lives.

We strive to enrich the whole person, enhance the whole family, and empower the whole community by offering myriad programs suited for what you are going through in your life at this time. With more than 26 programs housed within JFS Nashville, we have the ability to meet multiple needs at one time, or over the course of your lifetime. We hope to serve and empower you as you need assistance both now and in the future.

Together, we are healing the world.

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WHat we offer

Services & Programs


Our licensed social workers provide counseling for individuals, couples, families, and children and adolescents. Together, we are advocating for mental health.

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Older Adults

Age-related programs and services designed specifically for older adults to thrive and meet their cognitive and physical needs. Together, we are caring for our community.

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Family & Community

Enrichment programs that empower, protect, and address the ever-changing needs of our community. Together, we are constantly learning.

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Adoptive and child placement services for all families regardless of religion, race, disability, sexual orientation,  gender identity,  or gender expression. Together, we are creating families.

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Food & Financial Support

Not only do we assist with immediate financial needs, but we also help you create a plan to ensure better days are ahead. Together, we are preparing for the future.

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Confidentiality Promise

The trust between our clients and JFS is the basis for our success. All transactions and discussions are protected by the highest professional ethical standards of client/counselor confidentiality.

How We Serve

Jewish Social Services

For more than 160 years, JFS has remained vital and relevant—and always available to respond, no matter how difficult the problem—by continuously adapting our programs and services to meet the changing needs of our dynamic population. We are known as a leader in providing innovative and effective social service solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages.
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:

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.
Do you accept insurance?

Yes! Our therapists are professional, experienced licensed clinical social workers. JFS 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 and Medicaid. Clients without insurance may qualify for service on a sliding scale based on income and family size. Please contact us for additional information.

How do I get started?

You can send a request here, or call us at (615) 356-4234. If you are a parent or guardian, you can call on behalf of your loved one.

How will you keep my confidentiality secure?

All communications with JFS 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.

Do you accept walk-ins?
No. However, you can send a request here, or call us at (615) 356-4234. If you are a parent or guardian, you can call on behalf of your loved one.
Are there volunteer opportunities at JFS?

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

“Thanks for all the days you’ve been there, helping and caring from your heart for me, and for others too. It’s time to somehow let you know your help means so much more than words can explain.”

– Counseling Client

“I hope you feel affirmation that you are doing things that have a true positive impact on someone’s life.”

– Counseling Client

“When I woke up today I didn’t feel very hopeful, but after talking to you (today) I feel like things might be ok.”

– Counseling Client

“Thank you for your support and always being there for (my child).”

– Counseling Client

“I’m so grateful for the support you’ve given my family.”

– Counseling Client

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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