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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

www.jfswnc.org    info@jfswnc.org    828.253.2900


  Jewish Family Services of WNC is a social service agency for the people of Western North Carolina. Our comprehensive services include mental health counseling, case management, an elder group, caregiver support, a food pantry and much more.

Hope starts here.


The JFS Half-Match Challenge!

In honor of our success and in support of our continued growth, a generous donor has offered a $5000 “Half-Match Challenge”, matching 50% of all new or additional donations! We want to make the most of this opportunity to support our continued success. If JFS is fortunate to receive new or additional donations totaling $10,000 by September 30 we will receive the full $5,000 match!

Your donation must be received by September 30, 2016 to be eligible for the “Half-Match Challenge”. Consider making this a Rosh Hashanah New Year Mitzvah…or be early with an “end-of-year” donation.

“Since (my husband) has joined the Elder Club, when he comes home he has conversations with me, he takes an interest in food and helping me prep meals, and his overall morale is so much better…he no longer just sits in his chair and sleeps.”

Please click this button to donate online by 9/30/2016:

Or mail a check to: JFSWNC, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801
Every donation received by 9/30/2016
will have a 50% match added!

“I originally contacted JFS because I needed help coping with issues regarding aging. (The JFS) therapist has been extremely helpful to me in my life, whether it be about the original issues I brought to the therapeutic table, or more immediate ones. I always look forward to our sessions. These are all good people, and I am thankful that JFS is providing such important mental health services to our community.”


The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)

provides interest-free loans for higher education

to Jewish Students

The application period is CLOSED for fall semester 2016

The next application period is Sept 1-30, 2016

for spring semester 2017!!!


For information or to start an application, visit the JELF website, www.jelf.org;  application@jelf.org or 770-396-3080 in Atlanta;

or contact info@jfswnc.org or 828-253-2900 in Asheville.


JFS Caregiver Group

Are you caring for a loved one, or responsible for their care? We know the challenges and stresses that can impact the caregiver. If you are interested in receiving support in a group setting with professional facilitation, let us know as we develop groups based on demand. Of course individual therapy is always available with our Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Click here to read more about the program.

For more information about Caregiver services or our Mental Health services call (828)253-2900 or email Deborah Wood, LCSW: deborah@jfswnc.org


JFS Mental Health Counseling

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. Click here for more information


JFS Social Work Assistance

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 Anne Wainer, MSS, at anne@jfswnc.org , or call 253-2900 ext.12

Read more about Case Management services-click here!

We can help!


JFS Elder Club

Asheville Location: 417 Biltmore Ave, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville

Hendersonville Location (coming in November): Agudas Israel Synagogue, 55 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville

The Elder Club meets in Asheville on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Our plans to add Wednesdays to the schedule are delayed. We will let everyone know when we are ready to implement the additional day. However, note the announcement below about our new location in Hendersonville on Wednesdays!!!!

Coming this fall: Additional Elder Club location in  Hendersonville, located at Agudas Israel Congregation!

This is a great opportunity for older adults to find friendship, good kosher lunches, and stimulating activities in a safe, professionally faciliated program.  Registration is now available for new Elder Club Members!

For more information about Elder Club, click here!

We are also looking for volunteers as well as a cook or caterer to plan menus, shop, cook, serve & clean up on Wednesdays for the Hendersonville Elder Club!


Volunteers are needed! See below for more information!

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

Hendersonville Elder Club: Transportation is arranged with Apple Country Transit,

If you are a family caregiver interested in receiving support, please inquire about a Caregiver Group.



Contact anne@jfswnc.org 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.    If you would like to help out in the Club from 10:30am-2pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays,  please contact anne@jfswnc.org