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Jewish Family Services

Rating: 4.86 stars   134 reviews 10,803

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services


1070 College Ave Columbus OH 43209 USA


Jewish Family Services helps individuals and families facing lifes challenges.


In FY 2012, 538 people obtained employment, 220 families in crisis are rebuilding their lives and 260 Holocaust Survivors are living in dignity.

Target demographics:

anyone who walks through our doors

Direct beneficiaries per year:

546 people obtain employment, 377 older adults maintained their independence and ove 25,000 teen girls, moms, educators and mentors hear healthy relationship and empowering messages.

Geographic areas served:

Central Ohio


Career and Workforce Development Programs to assist entry level through professionals to obtain and retain employment. Counseling, Case Management and Community Support to our local community and focusing on the emerging needs of teens, young professionals, refugees and older adults and their caregivers.

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Reviews for Jewish Family Services

Rating: 5 stars  

I am so thankful for the help and support provided by Melissa in the Young Professionals Division of Jewish Family Services. I had recently left a PhD program, and was clueless as to how to convert my experience in academia into a non-academic career. Melissa worked with me on interview skills and prep, helped identify translatable skills, and provided access to great resources. With the help of JFS, I landed an amazing job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

JFS was really supportive during my strategic job search and really offered some relevant classes and workshops that kept me active, focused and motivated. The counselors there were very knowledgeable and provided great support and feedback along the way. I would recommend their services to anyone that is looking for a great job search resource.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I received a lot of help finding a job after a long stretch of unemployment after graduating college. They helped coach me, improve my interviewing skills, and bolster my resume. Without their help and endorsement to potential employers, I truly believe I would still be looking for a job to this day. I highly recommend the employment services at JFS to job seekers of all walks of life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a client of Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program for job seekers during 2014-2015. The education and coaching that job seekers receive in the program is incredible. The staff are highly educated, professional, and compassionate. They make themselves available to listen and encourage during what can be a very stressful time. Their passion and dedication shows in the success they have with transitioning program participants to professional employment. The SUCCESS program is extremely beneficial to many members of the community and I hope it is available as a resource for many years to come. Thanks to the support and encouragement I received from the SUCCESS program I landed in a good job with a Fortune 500 company. I am continuing to build my professional skills and accomplishments in my new role, and I am eternally grateful for the help I had from this organization to get me there!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more funding so people don't have to be wait listed to be full fledged SUCCESS participants.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Very Well

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Rating: 5 stars  

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There is simply not enough room for me to write all the positive things I have to say about Jewish Family Services and their team. I cringe to think what my job-search and career journey might have been like (after I was laid off in 2013), had I not been directed to them by Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC).
The support they provided: one-on-one job coaching with a coach who is with you all the way through the process; networking and interviewing workshops; opportunities to meet with employers; resume feedback and tailoring; inspirational speakers; LinkedIn workshops; branding workshops... I could go on and on...You may think that you've gotten the same kind of offerings from another career agency but -- TRUST ME -- you haven't. It's a one-of-a-kind agency with a staff that is one-in-a-million. There are no better guides for you on the very difficult job and career search journey than the Jewish Family Services team.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Thank you, Jewish Family Services! I am extremely grateful for the job search support. Amazing team of wonderful professionals who changed my career perspective!

After graduating from college, I began what I thought would be a simple job search. I applied to several postings and attended many interviews with no offers. It was a stressful time, I negatively questioned my actions and my mood dwindled into sadness. A friend referred me to Jewish Family services, and this is where my journey with the agency began.

Upon walking into the doors, I initially met with career strategists from both the Young Professional and MAX teams. After discussing my scenario, I was amazed by the high-level of compassion and understanding. Never in my life I talked to a group who were all ears on my situation and more than happy to help. We developed an action plan to proceed.

Over a short course of time, I underwent a professional transformation. I attended informative career workshops, conducted mock interview sessions, sharpened my 1-minute elevator speech, and reworked my resume (just to name a few)! The feedback and support received from team members was beyond valuable. My mood positively uplifted and my confidence soared. Everyday, I fine-tuned my job strategy based on the advice given. I was equipped and ready to tackle any challenge given.

My dedication paid off, after applying myself with the skills taught, I proudly found a position in my desired field! I am currently working the job and love what I do!

Remember, never give up hope. Jewish Family Services is here for any career support! I highly recommend, their ability to reach out and motivated is second to none! I am a true success story, and grateful for all their work. As I continue moving forward, our experiences together will never be forgotten!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Due to an organizational restructuring, and through no fault of my own, I was laid off from my job in August of 2014; I was both devastated and scared to lose the position and work that I enjoyed. Through the process of applying for unemployment benefits I was connected with Jewish Family Services of Columbus. They assisted in updating my resume, performing a strategic job search, preparing for interviews, developing my networking skills, and most importantly.....not losing hope. The Career Counselor that I was paired with was Mindy Agin; but for Mindy, I would have been lost. She was so positive, and she helped me stay centered on my goals. She never let me give up. Because I have a very specific skill set and industry, I had a long road (9 months) and the help I received from Mindy and Jewish Family Services made all the difference. I don't know where I would be now without them.

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Rating: 1 stars  

They asked me for my SSN and My driver license, and they never helped me, each time I ask them for a job, they telling me apply online.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I Recently Moved to Columbus from Israel. Beside the weather difference I found that there are differences in the job searching process and needed professional guidance. Malka Bendor and Melissa Holcomb from JFS helped me in all aspects of this challenging process of finding a job. They helped me with building a new resume, building confidence in face to face interviews, networking and more networking :-). After a short time I was lucky to find a great company, working in a position that I was highly interested in.
Malka & Melissa- Thank you so much! you ladies are rockstars!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having recently graduated from Ohio State in a rather specified field, I knew exactly the type of work I wanted to do, but I didn't know how to get through the door. I was excited to find out that JFS professionals--specifically Malka Bendor and Melissa Holcomb--had both the connections to help me land an interview and the experience to equip me with the tools to land the job.

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