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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.

Sometimes, individuals require assistance that can’t be met by JFS’s programs and services.  In those cases we can connect you with other providers through our free information and referral services.

Family & Community Enrichment
Chaver Mentor Program

The Chaver (friend) Mentor program is designed to emphasize one-on-one relationships between a Jewish adult and a child being raised in a Jewish home.

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Family Life Education

Educational programs which focus on prevention and education. Our goal is to address emerging concerns or needs which impact families and the community through programs which empower, protect or inform the population about a current issue facing our community.

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Healthy Skills for Healthy Kids

Protecting our children by teaching them all aspects of building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy relationships.

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Jewish Job Network

A confidential committee of 30 compassionate and expert business leaders who review resumes, respond if they have related job opportunities, or send resumes to colleagues when applicable.

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Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

An award-winning, five year curriculum that uses Jewish teachings to guide girls in grades 6 through 12 through the bumpy path of adolescent life.

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Support Groups

Led by our social workers, JFS support groups bring together people facing similar issues, such as illness, relationship problems or major life changes.

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Chaver Mentor Program

If you know a child who can benefit from this program please contact Ashley Franklin .

615-354-1662

Volunteer

Adult support and guidance for young people being raised in non-traditional families.

The Chaver (friend) Mentor program is designed to emphasize one-on-one relationships between a Jewish adult and a child being raised in a Jewish home. These families may include single parent families, non-traditional families, children being raised by grandparents, or children who could benefit from additional adult support. Volunteers must pass all background and reference checks.

Chaver Mentor Program

Adult support and guidance for young people being raised in non-traditional families.
The Chaver (friend) Mentor program is designed to emphasize one-on-one relationships between a Jewish adult and a child being raised in a Jewish home. These families may include single parent families, non-traditional families, children being raised by grandparents, or children who could benefit from additional adult support. Volunteers must pass all background and reference checks.

If you know a child who can benefit from this program please contact Ashley Franklin .

615-354-1662

Volunteer

Educational programs that address emerging concerns or needs that impact families and the community.
Jewish Family Service offers the community educational programs which focus on prevention and education. Our goal is to address emerging concerns or needs which impact families and the community through programs which empower, protect or inform the population about a current issue facing our community.

Recent program topics include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Teen Suicide Prevention
  • Opiod Prevention
  • Dating Abuse
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Family Life Education

If you are interested in learning more about this program, call us or check out all of our upcoming events.

615-354-1686

Events

Family Life Education

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

Jewish Family Service offers the community educational programs which focus on prevention and education. Our goal is to address emerging concerns or needs which impact families and the community through programs which empower, protect or inform the population about a current issue facing our community.

Recent program topics include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Teen Suicide Prevention
  • Opiod Prevention
  • Dating Abuse
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusion

If you are interested in learning more about this program, call us or check out all of our upcoming events.

615-354-1686

Health Skills for Healthy Kids

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please call or email Toni Jacobsen.

615-354-1672

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Helping children identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Healthy Skills is an educational program with one goal in mind: protecting our children by teaching them all aspects of building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy relationships. Children are taught about body boundaries, red flags of sexual abuse, safety regarding strangers, positive social skills, resolving conflicts, conflict negotiation, direct communication, and dealing with bullies. The multi-session program is offered to children from preschool to school age.

Healthy Skills for Healthy Kids

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Helping children identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Healthy Skills is an educational program with one goal in mind: protecting our children by teaching them all aspects of building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy relationships. Children are taught about body boundaries, red flags of sexual abuse, safety regarding strangers, positive social skills, resolving conflicts, conflict negotiation, direct communication, and dealing with bullies. The multi-session program is offered to children from preschool to school age.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please call or email Toni Jacobsen.

615-354-1672

Volunteer

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
~ Maimonides

Jewish teachings show that the highest form of charity is giving a person independence (work) so that he or she will not have to depend on charity.

This is the goal of the Jewish Job Network which was initiated in February 2009 to help Jewish community members weather the economic downturn. The Jewish Job Network is a confidential committee of 30 compassionate and expert business leaders, who review resumes, respond if they have related opportunities, or send resumes to colleagues where appropriate.

If you are a hiring manager or have colleagues and friends who are in the position of hiring for their company, and wish to be a part of the Jewish Job Network committee, please contact us.

Or, if you are a Jewish job-seeker and would like your resume forwarded to the network, please email your resume.

Jewish Job Network

If you are a hiring manager or a job seeker, contact Pam Kelner to get connected with the network.

615-354-1686

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Jewish Job Network

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
~ Maimonides
Jewish teachings show that the highest form of charity is giving a person independence (work) so that he or she will not have to depend on charity.

This is the goal of the Jewish Job Network which was initiated in February 2009 to help Jewish community members weather the economic downturn. The Jewish Job Network is a confidential committee of 30 compassionate and expert business leaders, who review resumes, respond if they have related opportunities, or send resumes to colleagues where appropriate.

If you are a hiring manager or have colleagues and friends who are in the position of hiring for their company, and wish to be a part of the Jewish Job Network committee, please contact us.

Or, if you are a Jewish job-seeker and would like your resume forwarded to the network, please email your resume.

If you are a hiring manager or a job seeker, contact Pam Kelner to get connected with the network.

615-354-1686

Email

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Pam Kelner.

615-354-1644

Email

Stand firm, build confidence, and walk the bumpy path of adolescent life. Together.

Thanks to a grant from the Ernest and Selma Rosenblum Foundation, Jewish Family Service was able to purchase the five year, award-winning curriculum Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing (RHIGT).

RHIGT uses Jewish teachings to guide girls in grades 6 through 12 through the bumpy path of adolescent life. The girls develop close relationships with other girls to have intimate discussions on topics such as friendships, relationships, family, body image, stress, competition, and anything else on their mind.

Facilitated by a group leader who has been trained in the curriculum, the program gives girls a stronger sense of their Jewish self throughout their life.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing

Stand firm, build confidence, and walk the bumpy path of adolescent life. Together.
Thanks to a grant from the Ernest and Selma Rosenblum Foundation, Jewish Family Service was able to purchase the five year, award-winning curriculum Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing (RHIGT).

RHIGT uses Jewish teachings to guide girls in grades 6 through 12 through the bumpy path of adolescent life. The girls develop close relationships with other girls to have intimate discussions on topics such as friendships, relationships, family, body image, stress, competition, and anything else on their mind.

Facilitated by a group leader who has been trained in the curriculum, the program gives girls a stronger sense of their Jewish self throughout their life.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Pam Kelner.

615-354-1686

Email

When the seas get rough, connect with others who are in the same boat.

Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, such as illness, relationship problems or major life changes. JFS support groups are led by our licensed social workers. Members share experiences, advice, learn coping skills, and are provided with information. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same boat.

Recent support group topics include:

  • Grief
  • Caregiver Support
  • Anxiety Support

Support Groups

If you are interested in joining a group, call us or check out all of our upcoming events.

615-354-1672

Events

Support Groups

When the seas get rough, connect with others who are in the same boat.
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, such as illness, relationship problems or major life changes. JFS support groups are led by our licensed social workers. Members share experiences, advice, learn coping skills, and are provided with information. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same boat.

Recent support group topics include:

  • Grief
  • Caregiver Support
  • Anxiety Support

If you are a hiring manager or a job seeker, contact Pam Kelner to get connected with the network.

615-354-1672

Information & Referral Services

Last year, Jewish Family Service staff answered over 500 calls from individuals through our Information and Referral service. The issues, questions, and solutions are as diverse as those seeking assistance and span the spectrum of human experience. This may include childcare, housing, transportation, employment, financial assistance, senior care, volunteer opportunities, relocation and much, much more.

Our social workers are trained to assess the needs of the person calling and help them understand their situations and empower them to make informed decisions about possible solutions. This service is free, convenient and confidential. Have a question, looking for direction, or need help? Give us a call at 615-356-4234.

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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.

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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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