Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc. is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State. (EIN#: 45-2497063)

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Elder Club

The JFS Elder Club

To learn more about this program,




  To arrange for one of our staff members or volunteers to visit your organization or agency to provide an in-person presentation about the Elder Club, to inquire about volunteer opportunities or about enrollment in the program, please contact Elder Club Coordinator Anne Wainer, MSS, at , or call 253-2900.

 To read an article about the program from the Asheville Citizen-Times:



 IN ASHEVILLE: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00am-2:00pm    

Doctors Park Suite 2E,
417 Biltmore Ave.,
Asheville, NC 28801

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


Wednesdays, 11:00am-2:00pm at Agudas Israel synagogue in Hendersonville.

 For more information contact

Transportation may be arranged with Henderson County Apple Country Transit and need-based scholarships may be available upon request.


What does the Elder Club provide?

  • The Elder Club allows time for socialization and support in a group setting through peer to peer communication and peer level understanding of common memories and life experiences; 
  • Nutritious kosher meals, that are prepared on site, are enjoyed within a peer community.  Eating with one’s peers fosters meal enjoyment and improved nutrition;
  • Enjoyable, educational and memory enhancing activities are provided within a structured and supervised environment; and
  • Appropriate physical activities are included to improve or maintain strength and balance.

What are the benefits for the Caregiver?

You will have peace of mind knowing your loved one is well cared for in a safe, welcoming, secure environment.  Professional administration and caring and trained volunteers for your loved ones allows you time for self-care and to pursue personal activities.


Who can benefit from the Elder Club?

If your loved one is an older adult who may be isolated or unable to get out on a regular basis, who would enjoy peer companionship, who will benefit from structure and professional supervision, or who has a physical limitation and/or mild-moderate memory challenge then your loved one may greatly benefit from participation in the activities of the Elder Club!

Please call the JFS at (828) 253-2900 ext. 12 or email for more information.

"Every community should have an Elder Club like this one! Participants are cared for - and cared about - and always treated with dignity, love, and respect. It's heartwarming to watch the shared experiences and meaningful friendships that grow ... a lovely way to enhance a well-seasoned life."

                                                               Elaine Lite, daughter of Bernie Lite, Elder Club Member for 10+ years


This program is funded in part with a grant from BJH Foundation for Senior Services, WNC Jewish Federation, Buncombe County Aging Services, Henderson County Aging Services, and Agudas Israel Congregation.




The JFS Kosher 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.