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Items That Tell a Story

At JFS, some of our most used “office supplies” actually tell a story about the work we do to assist our clients.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

We’ve compiled the items in the below image to help you better understand some of our programs. These are items we use frequently at JFS – in some cases every day.

Take a Peek!

Click each item to learn more about how they’re used and why they’re a key part of the work we do.

If you would like to learn more about them, please reach out to our staff.

Thank you for your continued support of our community!


Expandable Ball

Related Service: Counseling

Childhood and adolescence can be a challenge. At JFS, we offer a comfortable setting where skilled professionals can help children, teens, and their families understand and resolve emotional and behavioral problems and learn and identify solutions to handle life’s obstacles. Sometimes, a distraction like this expandable ball can be a valuable resource.

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Related Service: Counseling

Life can be challenging, relationships can be hard, and you may need extra support. As a result, the Kleenex are our largest office supply! Tears of joy and of sadness are shed in every program that we offer – counseling, support groups, adoption, beads of courage, and more.

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School Supplies

Related Service: Financial Assistance

Start the new year with confidence. Armed with enough school supplies to get them through the year, families don’t have to worry about the financial burden that comes with purchasing all that their student needs to thrive. We offer these resources to those in need.

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Hanukkah Gift Program

Related Service: Financial Assistance

Since 1993, we have been ensuring that all children can celebrate the holiday with dignity. This confidential program that allows families facing financial difficulties to receive gifts for children during Hanukkah.

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Kosher Food Bags

Related Service: Food Assistance

The Kosher Food Box program works to ensure that those that don’t have adequate finances to meet their grocery budget can still be well fed. It includes a combination of healthy, dietician approved perishable and non-perishable foods, provided on a monthly basis.

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Senior Seder

Related Service: Older Adult Support

Some of our older Jewish population who live in assisted living facilities are unable to travel to their synagogue or the GJCC for the holidays, so JFS brings the holidays to them! From Shabbat services with challah and wine, to Hanukkah celebrations with latkes and applesauce, we strive to help our older population have the joy of the holidays as they have for years in the past.

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Opening Minds Through Art

Related Service: Older Adult Support

JFS offers meaningful programming for those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. One way we have done this is through the Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) program. Through a partnership with OMA facilitator Eileen Wallach, we are working to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art. The program focuses on imagination instead of memory, and on remaining strengths instead of lost skills.

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Senior Services Directory

Related Service: Older Adult Support

Our “Services for Seniors” guide serves as a go-to publication for anything you might need related to senior living. Need to know which pharmacies deliver? How to get a ride somewhere? Volunteer opportunities? Pulled from years of experience, the senior directory is an invaluable resource to those living in Nashville as well as to family members who live outside of Nashville and still want to take care of their loved one.

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Mugs & Notepads

Related Service: Volunteers

Our volunteers make such a difference, and we recognize the tremendous value that volunteers bring to our community. We also recognize the wonderful feeling that we all get from helping others. These mugs and notepads are some of the small tokens of appreciation we offer our volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities


Related Service: Adoption

Choosing adoption is an extremely emotional decision, and JFS has the tools to guide the process along until it reaches the end goal – a happy, healthy family unit. The opportunity to receive education and counseling along the way is invaluable to the success of the adoption journey. Our adoption blankets symbolize the warm  support we provide to families.

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Healthy Skills for Kids

Related Service: Family & Community Support

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. Books like these are a valuable resource in that process.

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