Jewish Family & Career Services

Louis & Lee Roth Family Center
2821 Klempner Way
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 452-6341
Fax (502) 452-6718

Jewish Family & Career Services is a nonprofit comprehensive human services organization founded in 1908, serving the entire community with programs focusing on family, work, education, older adults, distressed neighborhoods, immigrants and refugees. Its mission is to strengthen individual, family, work and community life, enhance self-sufficiency, and reflect the enduring values of Jewish tradition. Major program areas include:

Counseling Service

Professional, confidential therapists are able to help with your concerns.

  • Individual, couple, family, child therapies
  • Interfaith couples/families
  • Depression, anxiety, divorce, grief and loss
  • Parenting relationships
  • Issues of stress and self esteem
  • Premarital and marital counseling and guidance
  • Crisis intervention
  • Personal coaching
  • Anything that affects you in an emotional way

Mauri Malka, Director of Family Services, ext. 250,

Adoption Services

Practical and emotional support when you decide to expand your family.

  • Home studies for domestic and international adoption
  • Education and counseling
  • Post-placement support and services
  • Parenting groups

Judy Freundlich Tiell, Executive Director, ext. 224,

Klein Older Adult Services

Geriatric counselors provide choices for families planning for the future with their aging loved ones and offer older adults various options to help them remain safe, self-sufficient and independent. Services include:

  • Geriatric assessment
  • Counseling and case management
  • Caregiver training, consultation and support
  • Senior P.A.L.S. Transportation Service
  • Senior Concierge Homecare
  • Emergency support services funded by National Council of Jewish Women
  • Senior Companions
  • Support groups (Caregiver, Parkinson’s, Macular Degeneration, Retirement, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren)
  • Long-term care planning

Mauri Malka, Director of Family Services, ext. 250,

Career Services & Workforce Development

Career counselors help clients identify suitable career directions for maximum work satisfaction. Services include:

  • Career management
  • Career assessment
  • Aptitude, skills, and interests testing
  • Life/Career coaching
  • Employment counseling
  • Job coaching including resume development & interviewing
  • Vocational evaluations
  • Services to the mature workforce
  • Career development with refugees and immigrants

Bob Tiell, Career Services Director, ext. 230,

Employer & Contract Services

Employer Services is designed to help organizations increase performance and productivity through targeted packages or special projects.

  • Personnel screening
  • Outplacement
  • Family business consultation
  • Team building
  • Enhanced staff communication
  • Partnership potential assessment
  • Executive coaching
  • Talent potential assessment and management

Bob Tiell, Career Services Director, ext. 230,

College & School Advisement

Counselors help clients make informed decisions regarding educational strategies.

  • Select a college or other post-secondary schooling
  • Choose a major
  • Identify career interests
  • Academic/Learning-style assessment
  • Study skills
  • Diagnose academic difficulty
  • SAT/ACT preparation classes
  • Financial planning & scholarship research
  • Jewish student summer internships

Ellen Shapira, Education and Career Counselor, ext. 225,

Navigate Enterprise Center

Navigate provides low-income individuals with the skills and tools that will lead to financial security.

  • Micro-business training
  • Micro-business technical assistance
  • Business loans
  • IDA savings accounts
  • Credit repair

Dan Heffernan, Director of Navigate Enterprise Center, ext. 153,

Community Programming

JFCS sponsors:

  • The Klempner Center, for individuals and family members impacted by addiction
  • Educational programming on violence and abuse in Jewish families
  • Workshops and seminars in conjunction with synagogues, organizations and schools covering a multitude of topics
  • Educational forums focusing on practical ways to approach some of life’s challenges
  • Food Pantry and Emergency Services, funded in part by the Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund
  • Marjorie & Robert Kohn Pledge 13 Program (bar/bat mitzvah community service projects)
  • Family Mitzvah Projects
  • Doris L. & Theodore B. Meyers Shabbos Friends Program for Jews in nursing/assisted living facilities
  • Hanukah Helpers with Temple Shalom
  • Baskets of Blessings (centerpiece rentals to support the Sonny & Janet Meyer Food Pantry Fund)

Contact JFCS with specific questions: 452-6341,

Volunteer Opportunities

JFCS offers volunteer opportunities for people of all ages to serve as:

  • Business mentors
  • Drivers for older adults
  • Friendly visitors for homebound older adults
  • Instructors and tutors

Community Events

MOSAIC Awards – May 22, 2014 – Honoring new or first generation immigrants and refugees who have made a significant contribution in their profession and in our community
Republic Bank Golf Challenge – June 23, 2014 – Standard Country Club

Explore the JFCS with a Virtual Tour

Debbie Friedman, President
Judy Freundlich Tiell, Executive Director

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