Health & Wellness



Agudas Israel Synagogue of Hendersonville
Care Partners Adult Day
Chabad-Lubavitch of WNC
Congregation Beth HaTephila
Congregation Beth Israel
First Citizens Bank
Groce Funeral Homes
Haywood Pediatrics
Kimmel & Associates
Mountain Synagogue
Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore, P.A.



Diamond Sponsor:

Ruby Sponsors:


Pearl Sponsors:

Judy Goloff








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 Family Education Programs

The following programs will take place at the JFS offices:

2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Ave.

To register for either of the following programs, email or call 253-2900 ext. 11. Registration is highly recommended due to limited seating.

“Medical Ethics Forum”
Wednesday, August 20th   5:30-7:00pm

“The Parental Toolbox”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   7:00-8:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Asheville Jewish Community Center

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.


JFS Friends Fest 2014—Wrapping Up!

Our first annual JFS Friends Fest was a great success due to the hard work of the volunteers who made it all possible!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, one and all !!!!!!!!

Event Committee:

Bernie Shulimson, Committee Chair

Michelle Dorf, Auction Chair

June Dreznick, Judy Duncan, Carol Falender, Adele Gurevich, Richard Laibson


Additional Event Volunteers

Julian & Marti Biller, Eddy Dorf, Frank Gilreath, Margaret Kort, Jaime Lang

Amy Silverman, Jennifer Isaac Thomas, Michelle Tracz, Ann & Hal Wakcher

Bob Weinberg, Carol Wenom

If you would like to volunteer to help with planning for next year’s event, please email or give us a call!

A big thank you goes out once again to all of our JFS Friends Fest corporate sponsors, whose logos are on this page. Please say “thank you” to these businesses for their generosity, and think of them when looking for businesses to patronize. 


JFS to Launch Mental Health Counseling Services

Beginning this summer, JFS will accept referrals and appointments for Mental Health Counseling Services, with sliding scale fees available based on income. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, MSW) will provide professional clinical services to individuals, couples and families for issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, relationships and family issues. Watch for more information about the start-up date of these much-needed services.


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



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!


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 will be launching a monthly MANNA Market at our JFS site, to be held on the last Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00pm. The Market will be 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.


Be a JFS Volunteer!

Volunteers are needed for the JFS Elder Club on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:30am-2pm. Lunch and fulfilling fun included! Contact Jennifer at 253-2900 ext 12 or email

A volunteer is needed to help coordinate future Jewish holiday kosher meal deliveries to elders and others in need of this important community connection. Assist JFS social worker Jennifer to organize, plan and facilitate this program three times per year.

Volunteers are needed for our Friendly Visitor program!

For more information click here


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

2 Doctors Park Suite E,, Asheville, NC 28801

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.

With recent increased enrollment in the Elder Club since our move to independent space, we are now making plans to expand from the current very full Tuesday & Thursday schedule. We will be adding Wednesdays in the coming months, and we are taking names for Wednesday enrollment, as well as for Tuesdays & Thursdays as space permits.  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.


Did you know?

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.” 


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 our agency and all of its programs have 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 recent 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.
Approximately 75% 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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