Jewish Family Service


Jewish Family Service (JFS) is the place where people in the Columbia Jewish community can come to when they are in need. Our mission is to promote, strengthen and preserve individual, family and community well-being in a manner consistent with Jewish philosophy and values.

JFS Services include:

  • Information, Assessment and Referral
  • Food Pantry 
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Individual and Family Counseling and Support
  • Senior Programs
  • Bereavement Support Groups
  • Community Mitzvah Day


Jewish Family Service is a certified Benefit Bank Site.  Community members can make an appointment, come in, and apply for State and Federally funded benefits, including but not limited to SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).  This is a confidential service.


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 need to make use of our services, volunteer, donate or learn more about the role Jewish Family Service plays in our community, contact Laney Cohen at 803.787.2023 x 220 or

“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


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:

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