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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. No goods or services are provided in exchange for a contribution. 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.



CBI to Host Holocaust Memorial Service

The Jewish community is invited to gather Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, April 27, to observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  This annual community-wide service will feature prayers, brief presentations, and the traditional candle-lighting ceremony in memory and honor of those who perished during the Holocaust as well as those partisans, soldiers, resistance fighters, liberators, and others who risked their lives to shelter the persecuted.  There will also be a brief “Reading of the Names,” recitation.  The theme of this year’s program is “Alternatives to Silence,” and it will focus on teachers, writers, artists, and musicians who either refused to remain quiet in the face of Nazi tyranny and who insisted upon providing some tangible record to preserve the memory of the Shoah.  There will be musical performances and poetry readings, and a screening of several works of visual art of the Holocaust preceding and following the memorial program.  The service will begin at 4:00pm in the CBI Sanctuary with a slide presentation in the Social Hall at 3:30pm and again at 5:30pm.   We hope you will make plans to attend what we know will be a meaningful and informative event.   CBI is located at 229 Murdock Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804


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.


Medicare Information Session:

Wednesday, April 30th, 3:30-5:30pm at JFS. Register by contacting Marty Welsh at Council on Aging of Buncombe County: 277-8288

Clicke here for more information


Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition

Start off 2014 Feeling Better and Taking Charge of your Health!

Yes! You can Live a Healthy with a Chronic Condition Living Healthy is a 6-week self-management workshop for those living with a chronic physical or mental health condition and loved ones.

Date / Time: Mondays, March 24th – April 28th, 10:00 – 12:30pm


Click here to find out more about this program.


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!


JELF Application For Interest-Free Educational Loans Deadline for Application is April 30th

Applications for interest-free loans for post-secondary education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) will be available to Jewish students in the greater western North Carolina area for the 2014-2015 school year from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund, in partnership with Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina. The loan application will be available March 1 – April 30 on JELF’s website at  click here for more information.


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


JFS Elder Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays

2 Doctors Park Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801

Older adults enjoy peer companionship, avoid isolation, participate in stimulating discussions, art, music, pet visits, and exercise, while family caregivers have peace of mind and enjoy time for personal activities. Delicious kosher lunches are prepared onsite and served with love.

With our recent move of JFS offices to our new location at Doctors Park, all of our programs are now onsite with our offices, including the “Elder Day Club”. With the move, this group program, established in 1999, has also been renamed as the "ELDER CLUB”! 

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

Contact Elder Club Coordinator: Jennifer Gay, BSW at 253-2900, ext.12 or Or click here for more information.


BJH Foundation for Senior Services Provides Much-Needed Grants for Rapidly Growing Jewish Population in the Carolinas

21 grants have been awarded in North and South Carolina; Three in Asheville

Asheville, N.C. (August, 2013) - There is a pressing need to fund programs that enable, enrich, and engage the aging Jewish population.  According to the National Jewish Population Survey, the U.S. Jewish community is rapidly aging, doubling to more than a million from 1957 to 2012. In addition, recent economic and legislative changes have resulted in cuts for many federal and state programs that serve older adults. Helping fill the funding void, the Greensboro-based BJH Foundation recently awarded more than $203,230 in grants to 21 different programs focusing on improving the lives of Jewish older adults across North and South Carolina.

With an endowment in the millions, BJH Foundation has granted more than $1.4 million over the past seven years to qualifying non-profit organizations that serve Jewish older adults in the Carolinas. Grant awards of up to $25,000 each help area non-profits cover program expenses for food, mailings, supplies, educational materials, salaries for social workers, Congregational Nurse staff, and other necessary expenses.  

The JFS Case Management program and the JFS Elder Club are funded in part by the BJH Foundation for Senior Services. In the funding year 7/1/2013-6/30/2014, BJH awarded a total of $35,000 to Jewish Family Services of WNC.

For more information click here


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


Friends of JFS Annual Request for Support

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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