Jewish Family Services


A program of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance, is a vital service dedicated to promoting, strengthening, and preserving individual, family, and community well-being in a manner consistent with Jewish philosophy and values.  Jewish Family Services has been an integral part of the greater Knoxville Jewish community for over 30 years.


You can assist Jewish Family Services in accomplishing our goals by supporting the Knoxville Jewish Alliance Annual Campaign.  


The KJA's Jewish Family Services is a member of:

 

JFS Resources
 

  • Information and referral services for individual and family counseling and psychological testing and evaluation. 
  • Evaluation and resource coordination for older adults.
  • Eldercare planning for elderly relatives’ short-term needs. 
  • Information about area assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health care agencies.
  • Community resource planning, including housing options for seniors, transportation, and other links to Knoxville community agencies.
  • Community family education.
  • Assistance with financial emergencies.

JFS Volunteer Opportunities
 

  • Visit residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes
  • Lead our monthly JFS Shabbat service for seniors (held on the first Friday of each month at 4:45 PM)
  • Prepare Mitzvah meals for a family welcoming a loved one home from a hospital or rehabilitation stay
  • Help plan Jewish holiday parties for residents of area long-term facilities
  • Provide items for Chai bags for residents of area long-term care facilities
  • Provide Jewish holiday items for those living in long-term care facilities
  • Prepare meals, host dinner, or lead children's activities for guests ofFamily Promise when they are at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (We are TVUUC's support congregation for Family Promise.  They host the families 4-5 times a year for a week at a time.)

 

Click here for a list of Knox County Food Pantries (updated June 2014)

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How to request local JFS Assistance
 

All interactions with our JFS Director are confidential and by appointment only.  Clients must call for an appointment.  Please leave a message and the JFS Director will return your call when time permits.  The JFS Director's voicemail is confidential.  Most services are free or payable on a sliding scale. For more information, please contact:

 

Laura Faye Berry, BSSW, Esq.,

Jewish Family Services Director
Arnstein Jewish Community Center
6800 Deane Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919-5943

865-690-6343
865-694-4861(fax)
lberry@jewishknoxville.org