Jewish Family Services

Rating: 4.86 stars   136 reviews


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 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Lynn Aspey and Justin Keaton . Your advice and support has been extremely valuable throughout my career. Both of you have always been there for me. Thank You!

Jen Siegel

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Rating: 4 stars  

I reached out to JFS for some help refining my resume and preparing for an important interview. I met with Melissa Holcomb & Malka Ben Dor -- they ran me through the paces on a barrage of interview questions that really helped me prepare and think through the interview process. They helped me focus, but also get into the right mind-set for the specific interview. It was great coaching. So wonderful in fact, that I've suggested several friends reach out to them in their job hunts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first discovered Jewish Family Services I was a public employee with 20+ years of experience who had already been unemployed for over a year and I was rapidly running out of job search ideas. The SUCCESS program helped me feel much less isolated, which in turn helped me persevere until I finally got the job. There were so many beneficial things: the Ace the Interview workshop which gave me the framework I needed to prepare for interviews, the resume-writing and job search strategy workshops, the mock interviews, but I think the one thing that helped the most was having the opportunity to go to the meetings, hear the excellent presentations, and especially see that there were so many intelligent, interesting people in the same situation I was in. My career strategist, Mindy Agin, was wonderful, patiently supporting me through many ups and downs. The entire staff was caring, non-judgmental, helpful, and generally delightful to work with. Absolutely the best job search program I've ever encountered.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My journey started when I realized my career was just not for me. Think about that for a second; everything I have done up to this point has gotten me to where I am and now I am switching directions?! It could be an absolutely terrifying ordeal but thanks to the JFS staff it wasn't. Through personality/career assessments, resume tweaking etc. I started to realize who I am and what work environment fits for me. After about 5 months of soul/job searching I am happy to say that I have just recently accepted an offer and I feel this is the right step for me. I want to thank everyone involved including Fred Points, Malka Bendor and a special thanks to Melissa Holcomb! She goes above what is expected and truly looks for ways to help in this process. She is there every step of the way and puts herself out there as a life-line at any given time. She is extremely resourceful, always has positive attitude and consistently checks in! Based on my experience, I would highly recommend utilizing the JFS if you are looking to make a career change or just want information. What do you have to lose?

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Rating: 4 stars  

My friend referred me to Jewish Family Services to seek help in professional development and learning the steps to be successful in a career search. I attended a job search strategy and "Ace the Interview" workshop which were very beneficial. I sought personal services from the young professional division. Melissa and Malka were extremely helpful and professional in helping me prepare for a more career oriented role. Last week, I was offered a position as a Quality Assurance Analyst, which was a promotion from my role as a Customer Service Representative with my current employer. With the knowledge and skills gained during the workshop and sessions with the young professional division, I could not be more grateful from the incredible assistance I received from JFS.

Thank you for your help and I am looking forward to staying in touch!

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Rating: 5 stars  

An employment search is a journey that for many can be a daunting task. At times, it can be difficult to keep finding new ways to move forward. The SUCCESS Program at Jewish Family Services has put together a team of intelligent professionals that genuinely care about you and your search. They not only provided customized support to help with my search, but their seminars and workshops on interviewing, networking, resume writing all combined to enhance my job search skills. My career counselor provided invaluable advice and support and even set up a mock interview customized to the job’s specific requirements. I recently landed a great job directly due to the support and advice I received from this team.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I received invaluable help in landing a job after a long break to start my own business. They were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and the best part is that they walked with me every step of the way. I could not have done it without them. I am so grateful for an organization like this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a client, I found all aspects of the SUCCESS program beneficial. The workshops were informative, my Career Strategist provided excellent (and candid) career guidance and inspiration, the Wednesday SUCCESS meetings were opportunities to network with other SUCCESS participants and speakers and to exchange information regarding job search status and events.

I think that it is important to take advantage of any opportunity that provides one with exposure, job leads, chances to learn new skills (and/or improve existing ones) and support.

I appreciate the efforts of the entire SUCCESS team - each person contributed to this wonderful outcome (a new job) in his/her unique way and I am grateful.

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