Jewish Family Services


Jewish Family Services (JFS) 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 JFS services.

Jewish Family Life Education


JFS provides workshops on different topics of concern to the Jewish family. Past workshop topics have ranged from Restaging Life for Retirement, Identity Theft, Foster Care and Adoption, Preventing Child Abuse and death and dying. The goal of these programs is to dialogue about problems in daily living. JFS has also organized joint educational programs with the Lexington Chapter of Hadassah on topics such as stress management, substance abuse, domestic violence, women's health issues, and internet safety.

Bikur Cholim


Bikur Cholim is a friendly visitor program matching volunteers with people who may be isolated because they are either homebound or have experienced a medical problem. Volunteers are coordinated and screened through Jewish Family Services. Quarterly training is also offered to the Bikur volunteers through Jewish family Services.


Caregiver Support Group


A support group is available for caregivers and meets once a month. Contact for more information.


Camperships and Israel Scholarships


Want to give your kids a great Jewish experience this year but worried about the cost?

Each year during late Winter and Spring, JFS accepts applications for camperships and scholarships. Scholarships are specifically for Israel programs. Camperships are open to ANY Jewish day or overnight camp in our region, including our local Camp Shalom.



Mail application to: 

Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass
Attn: Camperships/Scholarships
1050 Chinoe Road, Suite 112
Lexington, KY 40502

Contact our JFS Director, Paula Mertens:



Direct line: (859) 269-8244