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Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc. is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.



JFS Wants to Hear from YOU!!!

If you have received services or information from our staff or programs, please “click here” to give us your confidential feedback and comments.  If you have a suggestion for a program or service that we should consider offering, let us know as well. We want to hear from you! Click here to submit your comments online.



This program is made possible through generous grant support from: Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, and Perry N. Rudnick Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County.

JFS now offers Mental Health Counseling Services to children, adolescents and adults in a confidential setting. Services include individual, couples, family, and group therapy sessions. Issues addressed include depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, trauma, adjustment disorders, relationship problems, stress management, healthy aging, and LGBT support.

Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, is the new Mental Health Counselor for Jewish Family Services of WNC. She has over 20 years of professional clinical experience.

“Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss making an appointment for any issues you may wish to talk about.”

Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, JFS Licensed Clinical Social Worker     

(828)253-2900 ext. 13 

Sliding scale fees based on income are available; please inquire about insurance billing.



JFS is forming a new GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP. This is a psycho-educational and therapeutic group for those who have been experiencing grief, loss and sadness. The group will be run by our JFS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, who has 20 years of experience in facilitating therapy groups. Loss is part of being human and it affects all of us in profound and meaningful ways. The group will be a sacred space and an opportunity for sharing thoughts, feelings and stories of our lives, whether the loss is recent or in the past. Debra will provide psychotherapeutic information and tools on how to cope, manage, and live with loss in ways that are healing and comforting. Grief journaling will be one tool that will be taught that has been proven to be very helpful. This will be a very safe space where all are welcome to connect, share, experience, learn and heal. Individual grief counseling is also available.

Grief Support Group fee:            $10 per group session

For information about Group schedules and to register for the JFS Grief Support Group, call Debra at (828)253-2900 ext. 13, or email


SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014        5:00-6:30pm

Jewish Family Services of WNC will be celebrating our one-year anniversary in our current location at Doctors Park!

Festivities will include a "Ribbon Cutting" from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, a “Mezuzah Dedication” for our doorways, refreshments, music and more! Mark your calendars now and plan to celebrate with us! Click here for more information!


JFS Family Education Programs

JFS education programs take place at the JFS offices:

2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Ave.

To register for any program, email or call 253-2900. Registration is highly recommended due to limited seating.

With the success of “The Parental Toolbox” program, we are interested to hear from parents about other educational topics and/or support programs that they would like to see us offer. Send an email to and let us know what would be helpful and of interest to you!


Be a JFS Volunteer!

Contact or call 253-2900 ext. 12 to learn more about volunteering at JFS!

Elder Club Volunteers Needed for new program day on Wednesdays!

JFS offers volunteers a new opportunity to assist in our rapidly growing Elder Club! Beginning later this fall 2014, new volunteers are needed when we expand the program to include Wednesdays. Volunteers have a lot of fun while providing a wonderful service to Elder Club participants. Due to growing enrollment in the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we want to be able to accommodate more older adults by adding this additional third day. But we can only do that if we have enough volunteers to assist our staff. If you would like to help out in the Club from 11am-2pm on Wednesdays, please contact 


Urgent special request for Elder Club volunteers for new Wednesday program day!

Volunteers are needed for launch of new Elder Club program day on Wednesdays! See more details on this page under "Be a JFS Volunteer!"

Contact or call 253-2900 ext. 12 to learn more about this unique JFS volunteer opportunity!


Did you know about JFS assistance from our Social Worker?

The JFS Social Worker can help with a wide range of needs including information & referral, as well as direct JFS assistance, for challenges related to mental health, financial, housing, food, transportation, and issues of aging. Contact Jennifer Gay, BSW, at or call 253-2900ext.12

We can help!

“(The JFS Social Worker) was really there for me and my family at a critical time, by setting up a lifeline for my elderly parents, finding drivers so my disabled brother and father could make it to see their doctors, and finding people to help them unpack. (It was) above and beyond what I expected. This is such a needed program for the community. (JFS) continues to be a source of support for us by providing me with accurate and up-to-date information about caregiver support programs and services available within this area. Without this help my parents might have ended up suffering in a nursing facility rather than staying in the comfort of their own home.” 


JFS Elder Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am-2:00pm

Now taking applications for Elder Club on Wednesdays!

2 Doctors Park Suite E,, Asheville, NC 28801

We are growing! Due to increased demand for enrollment on Tuesdays & Thursdays, we are planning to expand the Elder Club to three days a week! We will be adding Wednesdays as the new program day. If you or another older adult you know has been looking for a stimulating and enjoyable activity on Wednesdays, we are now taking applications for that day!

The Elder Club alleviates isolation and provides seniors with socializing time with their peers, lots of stimulating activities, and a freshly prepared kosher lunch. Family members benefit from more time for their personal needs knowing that their loved ones are in a safe, professionally supervised environment.

To inquire about enrollment in the Elder Club, contact Jenny Gay, BSW, our Elder Club Coordinator: or call 253-2900 ext. 12. 

Transportation is arranged with Buncombe County and need-based scholarships may be available upon request.


Manna Food Bank Welcomes 
Jewish Family Services of WNC  to their Partner Network. 

Our JFS agency is very pleased to be accepted into the Partner Network of MANNA FOODBANK! This will allow our agency to purchase at minimal cost a vastly increased amount and variety of food pantry items to offer our clients. In addition, with encouragement from the MANNA staff, we have launched the following food pantry program:

JFS Monthly MANNA Market at our JFS site!

4th Tuesday of each month, 5:00-6:30pm*

Watch for possible new time in the near future!


The Market is open to the public, and this day and time is especially critical to individuals who are working and cannot visit pantries during the work day, and to those who depend on food stamps to supplement their family’s grocery budget but who often find that their food stamps run out before the end of the month.

for more information click here


Sharsheret Offers Breast Cancer Survivorship Kits

Breast Cancer survivorship can trigger concerns related to a woman’s physical, psychological, social, sexual, economic and spiritual well-being. Concerns, much like a cancer diagnosis itself, are unique to each individual and can change as her journey continues. Sharsheret’s Survivorship Program, THRIVING AGAIN, offers free tailored resources that can help manage these concerns or any other survivorship uncertainties.

To learn more about this kit please click here.


JFS Grant Announcements

JFS is VERY GRATEFUL for recent major funding awards from the following funders:

WNC Jewish Federation:                                          $38,000

JFS general agency support

BJH Foundation for Senior Services:            $35,000

$25,000-JFS Case Management; $10,000-JFS Elder Club

Sisters of Mercy Foundation:                        $33,000

JFS Mental Health Counseling                        

Perry N. Rudnick Fund of the

Community Foundation of Henderson County:              $15,000 JFS Mental Health Counseling

Buncombe Country Aging Services               $14,010

JFS Elder Club scholarships

Anonymous Grant Funder*                             $  3,686

JFS Kosher Kitchen-commercial dishwasher

*facilitated by the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies



JFS Friends Fest 2014

Our first annual JFS Friends Fest was a great success! Thanks to everyone who supported JFS by attending and having an enjoyable evening with us! Click here for photos!

Watch for announcement of date for JFS Friends Fest 2015!!!


Assist. Educate. Empower.

Mission: Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina strengthens the community by empowering individuals and families through programs and services guided by Jewish values.

Vision: A community in which individuals and families
have the resources to reach their full potential.



Corporate Partnerships with JFS

Corporate partners are needed to support the Jewish Family Services of WNC. For more information on how your business can become a JFS partner, please click here.

Jewish Family Services of WNC
2 Doctors Park Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 253-2900



JFS has Moved!

Jewish Family Services of WNC is pleased to announce that as of November 2013, our agency and all of its programs moved out of the JCC building to a new location at Doctors Park on Biltmore Avenue. This is an exciting and momentous time for JFS, and we thank everyone who contributed in any way to helping us reach this great milestone in our agency’s development. We are deeply grateful to the JCC for housing and incubating JFS through all these years, and to the JCC Board and Staff for supporting our efforts to find our own home! Click here for a list of relocation donors.

JFS celebrated the move with a festive Opening Celebration! To view photos of the event click here.

Jewish Family Services of WNC
2 Doctors Park Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 253-2900


Friends of JFS

In 2013, JFS served over 250 individuals and family members.
While more than 70% of JFS clients are Jewish, our services are open to those of all faiths. Please join our Friends of JFS for 2014 now so that we can continue to help our community’s most vulnerable neighbors, friends, and families.

To become a Friend of JFS click here. 






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