The oldest of all Memphis Jewish communal agencies, the roots of Jewish Family Service date back to 1865 when it was established to aid families stricken by the yellow fever epidemic. Throughout its many years of existence, JFS has constantly evolved and expanded its scope and mission to keep pace with the changing social and economic environment in Memphis. The diverse menu of service under the JFS umbrella includes individuals and family counseling, a full range of adoption services, elder support and special needs services, emergency assistance, family life education, parenting programs and resettlement and refugee assistance services.
Jewish Family Service receives support and is an affiliate of the United Way of the Mid-South and the Memphis Jewish Federation. JFS also relies on private donations and grants to uphold the quality of work that the agency provides.