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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.

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!


JFS Launches Mental Health Counseling Services

JFS is now scheduling appointments for September for our new Mental Health Counseling Services, with sliding scale fees available based on income. Our new Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Debra Bell, LCSW has nearly 30 years of professional clinical experience and will provide counseling to individuals, couples and families at our JFS facility. Counseling will address issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, relationships and family issues. Call for information or to schedule an appointment at (828)253-2900.

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


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

The following program will take place at the JFS offices:

2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Ave.

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

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

Dayna and Jim Guido will present a parenting workshop on Fostering Compliance and Avoiding Power Struggles which is a chapter from their new book, “The Parental Toolbox”. The ability to Avoid Power Struggles is dependent on being able to raise your child’s self-esteem through descriptive praise and recognition of their efforts and admirable qualities. By building on your child’s successes you are able to instruct and challenge them to do better and become respectful of other’s needs, including yours.

This program is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.


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 


Volunteer drivers are needed for our upcoming High Holiday Kosher Meal Deliveries.

 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014                                                                                     

Volunteer drivers pick up meals from JFS between 12noon-1pm; deliver to recipients by 3pm.

A volunteer is also 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, for three holidays per year.

Volunteers are needed for our Friendly Visitor program! You can brighten someone's day!


For more information click here


Employment Opportunities at Jewish Family Services of WNC, INC.

Jewish Family Services of WNC has an opening for the following position:

BSW Social Worker/Case Manager—(Fulltime)

Position Overview 

Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc.(JFS), seeks an experienced Bachelor’s level (BSW) Social Worker/Case Manager to be responsible for providing client assistance services to eligible individuals and families at all life stages. As a member of the JFS team, this person identifies client needs to develop, coordinate, and monitor appropriate client service plans. BSW degree, excellent communication and computer skills, and relevant experience required, including knowledge of older adult needs and programs. Familiarity with Jewish culture, and knowledge of resources in WNC is preferred. Send resume and cover letter to:  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Click here for the full job description


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, to begin this fall!

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 this coming fall! 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.