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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.


Jewish Family Services of WNC

2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801    828.253.2900


Jewish Family Services of WNC is a proud member of Senior Resource Connect- A network of nonprofit Jewish aging services assisting older adults and their caregivers throughout North America.

Senior Resource Connect- A network of comprehensive senior services providers driven by Jewish values. Looking for help for an aging parent in another community? Connect to our network—

For information about Elder Club, Friendly Visitors, Caregiver Support and other services for older adults at Jewish Family Services of WNC, call (828)253-2900 or email

JFS Mental Health Counseling is Expanding

JFS provides unique and integrated services that will engage you in identifying your needs, strengths, and goals. Regardless of your situation, we will help empower you to attain a better quality of life. 

While we are uniquely able to address issues and challenges specific to the Jewish experience, our services are open to people of all faiths, races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, and ages.  JFS is a small and intimate agency, offering a comfortable and safe experience for every person engaged in therapy with us.

Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker is also able to arrange to meet with clients in the home and in residential facilities for those who are unable to come to our offices. 

We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief, trauma, adjustment disorders, relationship problems, stress management, healthy aging, and LGBT support.  Our approach is strengths-based and tailored to each unique individual we serve.  Our therapy sessions are safe, private, and confidential.  We will always meet you where you are.

JFS accepts Medicare & BCBSNC…please inquire about other insurance. Sliding scale fees are available based on income to those who are uninsured.

For more information about Mental Health services call (828)253-2900 or email



The JFS Kitchen 

by: Bruce Brown

I have been cooking for Elder Club for the past two months. What a totally rewarding experience! The folks who attend Elder Club look forward to their Tuesdays and Thursdays when they have a nice meal, an opportunity to socialize with others, and stimulation that they may not otherwise get in their day-to-day lives. 

I’ve been working to create tasty foods that are fresh prepared and accommodate some of the dietary restrictions that our members have. As you may know, the JFS kosher kitchen is vegetarian/dairy (no meat). It is important that we provide lunches that have a good balance of vegetables and protein. Some of the personal satisfaction that I receive in cooking at JFS is seeing a poorer eater increase his/her appetite or a picky eater begin to try new things. In the last week, I’ve chalked up a couple of victories in that area.

Recently, we stopped using disposables and switched the kitchen over to glass dishes, drinking glasses and mugs. We have a wonderful sanitizer that makes dishwashing go quickly. Of course there will be a financial savings by eliminating disposables, but equally as important we have reduced by 50% the amount of trash that was generated by Elder Club - our small contribution to Tikkun Olam. 

In addition to my work at JFS, I am a kosher caterer and cook at Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth HaTephila and the JCC. Hopefully my website will be up shortly. In the meantime, feel free to contact me at or (828) 627-3597.








Corporate Support

Please note the side bar on the left with our Corporate Supporters for

JFS Spring Fest 2015 and throughout the year.

And we thank them for their support!


JFS is hiring:

LCSW Psychotherapist -- Part-time

JFS seeks a part-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): This individual provides therapy services at JFS to individuals, couples, families and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.

Very flexible hours; $35/hour.

MUST HAVE: Current NC licensure for Clinical Social Work, liability insurance, and must be certified or eligible for certification with Medicare, BCBS-NC.

Submit cover letter and resume to:



Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2015 Friends of JFS campaign.

Thanks also to everyone who directed their 2015 Federation pledge to JFS.  


Additional donations are always welcome throughout the year!


Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)

Next Application Available September 1, 2015, for spring semester 2016.

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) has applications available on line beginning September 1st to Jewish college students.  Applications are for funding for the 2016 Spring Semester 

JELF grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions.  JELF's loans are "last dollar"- they supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school.  These loans can be used for study at a college or university, graduate school or professional/vocational school that leads to a degree or certificate.

Jewish Family Services of WNC is the Local Administrator for JELF in Western North Carolina.  For applications and more information, go to .



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. 


Sliding scale fees based on income are available; please inquire about Medicare, BCBS-NC & other insurance billing.


Be a JFS Volunteer!

Contact or call 253-2900

 ext. 12 to learn more about volunteering at JFS!

Elder Club Volunteers Needed for all program days!

JFS offers volunteers an opportunity to assist in our rapidly growing Elder Club! 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 may be adding an additional program day to accommodate more older adults. 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 10:30am-2pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays, (or Wednesdays in the future), please contact .