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

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Since our founding in 1853, the generous support of our community has made the work of Jewish Family Service possible. Your contribution to our mission is part of a generations-long tradition that makes a world of difference today for individuals and families in their most vulnerable moments.

How to Serve

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Make a Donation

Your gift is part of a generations-long tradition of making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in their most vulnerable moments.

Volunteer Your Time

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

Attend a Fundraiser

The Chesed Dinner is JFS’s annual fundraising event. Save the date for May 9, 2024 when we will honor our most impactful volunteers.

Life & Legacy

Make a promise for the future. Including JFS in your estate plans enables you to support our mission yet retain control of your assets during your life.

How to Serve

Other Ways to Give

Amazon Smile

Jewish Family Service will receive proceeds from your purchase while you shop online.

When you shop on Amazon Smile, .05% of your purchase is donated to JFS. Go to and designate Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle TN as your charitable organization.

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Auto Donations

Donating an automobile, boat or motorcycle is an easy and free way to support JFS.

The pickup is free and your gift is tax-deductible. The net proceeds of the sale of your vehicle go to help support our programs and services. To donate, please call 877-537-4227 or get started now.

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Corporate Donations

Get exposure and show that your company values Jewish values by sponsoring our annual Chesed Dinner.

Each year JFS honors community leaders, whose leadership and support enhances our mission, at our annual Chesed Dinner fundraiser, attracting over 250 donors.

  • Bronze Sponsor – $300
    Prominent listing in all advertising, listing in event program and online.
  • Silver Sponsor $500
    Above benefits plus two Chesed Dinner tickets.
  • Gold Sponsor $750
    Above benefits plus corporate logo in program and two Chesed Dinner tickets.
  • Platinum Sponsor $1,250
    Above benefits plus 4 Chesed Dinner tickets.
  • Diamond Sponsor $3,000
    Above benefits plus 10 Chesed Dinner tickets.

Please call or email Pam Kelner, Executive Director, for more information about corporate sponsorships.

Donate Stocks

Support local people in need and receive specific tax advantages at the same time.

Donors enjoy a two-fold advantage in donating long-term appreciated assets: they avoid capital gains tax and receive a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value of the asset.

To conduct a stock transfer please contact Argent Trust at (615) 385-2718 and ask for Mindy Hirt or Debby May.

Kroger Card

Give to Jewish Family Service while doing your grocery shopping. Charitable giving has never been so easy.

Here’s how to designate JFS as the recipient of your Kroger Community Awards:

  1. Have your Kroger Plus card handy. If you don’t have one, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  2. Register online. Go to to create a digital Kroger account. If you are not already a Kroger online customer, you will need to register.
  3. Enroll in the Community Rewards program. You can search for Jewish Family Service by name or by our organization number: YR766.
  4. Use your Kroger Plus card when you shop at Kroger. All purchases at Kroger gas pumps and pharmacy as well as the grocery store apply. Kroger will do the rest! All of you effortless donations will go to Jewish Family Service!

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Matching Gifts

Double the impact of your gift to JFS through a corporate matching gift.

Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees to promote corporate philanthropy. Ask your Human Resource department if your company offers this type of program or would be willing to consider one.

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Memorials & Tributes

Give a gift in honor of a loved one that will leave a lasting legacy.

When your gift is for a special occasion, or in honor or memory of someone special, you get the satisfaction of giving a truly meaningful gift and we take care of sending the card. Your gift will be acknowledged in accordance with your instructions, and the gift amount will not be disclosed unless you request it.

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United Way

United Way advances the common good in communities across the world. Help them while helping us.

We partner with United Way to receive allocated donations. This means you can designate your United Way gift to Jewish Family Service.

Please use the code 24 to designate your gift.

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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

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.

Get Involved →

Make a Donation

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

Donate Now →

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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