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If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now, when?" -- Rabbi Hillel

Jewish Family Service: What Does It Mean?

Laney Davidson Cohen,MSW JFS Director 


     Jewish Family Service is the place where people in the Jewish Community can come to when they are in need. Jewish Family Service (JFS) can help.  In the JFS office, there is a food pantry (which is always accepting donations) where people who are in need can call and receive food.  JFS can help when there is a monetary need and there is nowhere left to turn.  JFS can help when there is a need for someone to listen.  In addition to one-on-one services which Jewish Family Provides, JFS is also hosting programs dedicated to entertaining and the socialization of our aging population.

    Jewish Family Service is a certified Benefit Bank Site. This means that people within the community can make an appointment, come in, and apply for State and Federally funded benefits.  These benefits include, but are not limited to, SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).  This is a confidential service.

     I received my Masters in Social Work in 2003, and bring extensive work in the non-profit field working with children, seniors, and community.  It is the sense of community that inspired me to become involved with Jewish Family Service.  This is my community, one that is growing larger. Having spent most of my life within this Columbia Jewish Community, I have watched it change and grow with the times.   This is a community whose needs are constantly changing to fit an ever-changing world.  I invite you to call me at 787-2023 ext 220 to let me know how I can better serve this community or how I can better serve YOU.


Laney Davidson Cohen, MSW  Jewish Family Service Director

JFS Mission:

Jewish Family Service is a human service agency dedicated to promoting, strengthening, and preserving individual, family, and community well being in a manner consistent with Jewish philosophy and values.

The ways we help people help themselves:

We're here when you need us, and if you can help, we need you.    

Since JFS was founded in 1996, many people have given their time and talents to help us reach out to those in need.  But we are always looking for additional volunteers who are committed to making a difference by sharing their energy, expertise, and time.

If you want to make use of our services, volunteer to help out, or learn more about the role Jewish Family Service plays in our community, call Laney Cohen at 803.787.2023 x 220 or email:

Do you know a friend or family member who has recently moved into a nursing home or assisted living facility?  Please contact Jewish Family Service with his or her name and the name of the facility so your loved one will be included in holiday visits made by JFS volunteers.  Because of changes in privacy laws, the facilities are no longer allowed to disclose information about residents.  Without your help, JFS may overlook members of our community who have moved into one of these facilities.  Contact Laney Cohen at 803.787.2023 x 220 or email:

Jewish Family Service is a beneficiary agency of the Columbia Jewish Federation

Minda Miller, JFS Advisory Chair
Dr. Naomi Farber,
CJF President
Barry A. Abels, Executive Director

Contact JFS

Jewish Family Service

306 Flora Drive
Columbia, SC 29223

phone: 803.787.2023 ext. 220 fax. 803.462.1337

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