Jewish Family Services

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JFS empowers individuals, strengthens families and protects the vulnerable by providing exceptional counseling, programming and services. Inspired by deeply held Jewish values, JFS seeks to help create a world that fosters hope, caring and connection in an atmosphere of dignity and mutual respect.

JFS offers a comprehensive range of services that help people meet life’s challenges.  Guided by the Jewish values of communal responsibility and social justice, JFS is passionate in its commitment to serve all members of the community. These members include but are not limited to interfaith families, the elderly and their families, and those among us who are not affiliated with other Jewish institutions.  As an integral part of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, JFS is dedicated to promoting the well-being of all those within the community who need support and service. JFS delivers high-quality, professional social services for adults and families through all stages of life. JFS strives to improve quality of life by providing affordable services and educational workshops that help foster the Jewish tradition of empowering people to care for themselves and each other.

Contact Jewish Family Services by filling out this service request form.

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Please note:

Emergency Financial Assistance is considered on a quarterly basis on the following dates, January 1st, May 1st, July 1st and October 1st.  To be considered for assistance, you will need to complete THIS FORM between 7am and Noon on those dates. People will be selected at random after 12pm.  If you are selected, you will be contacted within three business days from the first of the quarter to schedule a meeting for a financial assessment.

YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS REQUEST EVERY TIME YOU ARE REQUESTING ASSISTANCE. If you need assistance filling out this form, please email or call Shira Bar-On at or at 919-354-4923 or Jenny Schwartz at or at 919-354-4922. Funds are limited, therefore, we encourage you to try other agencies. Many can be found at