Jewish Family Services is a part of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. This agency addresses issues and concerns that affect the Jewish community in Central Kentucky by offering direct and indirect support services. The staff of JFS provides services in a manner sensitive to Jewish culture, values, and ideals. The principle of confidentiality is intrinsic in all agency functions.
Major services provided include case management, crisis intervention, assistance to older adults, processing requests for financial assistance, resettlement and acculturation of new Americans, assessment and referral of individuals with special needs, family life education, and advocacy for members of the Jewish community. There is no charge for services at JFS.
JFS is directed by Mimi Kaufman, MSW. A committee of volunteers, chaired by Connie Loventhal and Evelyn Geller, supports her work. You can reach JFS at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here to contact us.
Jewish Family Services provides workshops on different topics of concern to the Jewish family. Workshops that have been given so far include: Restaging Life for Retirement, Identity Theft, Moses was a Foster Child – Foster Care and Adoption, Preventing Child Abuse, and Death by Chocolate. The goal of these programs is to dialogue about problems in daily living.
JFS has also organized joint educational programs with Hadassah, the women's zionist organization. Workshops offered have covered stress management, substance abuse, domestic violence, women's health issues, and internet safety.
The Leisure Club is a group for Jewish seniors. It provides opportunities for social and intellectual enjoyment in Lexington. Leisure Club usually meets once a month at 12:00 noon. A favorite activity is to meet for lunch at new and exciting restaurants around town. At lunch is an informative speaker as well as time for old and new friends to visit with each other.
Jewish Family Services is now accepting applications for camperships and scholarships. Scholarships are specifically for Israel programs. Camperships are open to ANY Jewish day or overnight camp, including our local Camp Shalom and Camp Gesher. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.
Contact Mimi Kaufman for more information or download the form below and mail to:
Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass
Attn: Campership/Scholarship Committee
1050 Chinoe Road, Suite 112
Lexington, Kentucky 40502
Israel Program Scholarships: New form will be uploaded soon.
Camperships: New form will be uploaded soon.
This form is easy to use and completely confidential. Only our Jewish Family Services director, Mimi Kaufman, will see the contents of this message. Click here to send Mimi a message.
Many opportunities exist for individuals (or groups) to volunteer. They include:
• Visit and provide support for homebound
• Call and offer encouragement to those in need