About JFCS

About JFCS

Jewish Family & Career Services is a non-profit comprehensive human services organization founded in 1908, serving the entire community with programs focusing on family, work, education, older adults, immigrants and refugees.

Our History

Our History

The Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS), founded in 1908 as the Federation of Jewish Charities, is one of Louisville’s oldest charitable human services organizations. It was initially created to provide financial assistance, health care and child care to immigrants from Eastern Europe. Throughout the years, it was considered vital to provide special attention to the economic, social and cultural needs of Jews as a communal group because these needs were not being met through the existing social welfare system.

In 1943, the Jewish Vocational Service was established to provide a wide range of educational, vocational and career services for adolescents and adults and later for soldiers released from WWII. The social service and vocational agencies consolidated in 1978, forming Jewish Family & Vocational Service.

In 1997, JFVS had outgrown its physical space and embarked on a building campaign. Through the generosity of many individuals, businesses and community organizations, the Louis & Lee Roth Family Center opened in 2000 at the corner of Dutchmans and Cannons lanes as the new home for JFVS.

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary in 2008, the Board of Directors embarked on an endowment campaign to ensure sustainable programs and building maintenance. More than $3 million was raised. The agency name was changed to Jewish Family & Career Services with a new logo.

Today, JFCS is a comprehensive human services organization that takes an integrated approach to providing care, counseling and guildance for people of any age, religion or ethnic origin. We give people the skills and tools to manage transitions and to meet life’s challenges relating to family, relationships, aging, education, work and financial stability.

Services include:

  • Adoption Services
  • Career Services and Workforce Development
  • Career & College Advisement
  • Emergency Services
  • Employer & Contract Services
  • Family & Bar/Mat Mitzvah Projects
  • Individual & Family Counseling
  • Klein Older Adult Services
  • Navigate Enterprise Center
  • Multicultural & Microbusiness Services
  • One-stop Career Center
  • Senior Concierge HomeCare
  • Senior PALS & Joy!Ride Transportation Services
  • Food Pantry
  • Support Groups & Group Workshops
  • Supported Employment
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Our Mission is to strengthen individual, family, work, and community life, enhance self-sufficiency, and reflect the enduring values of Jewish tradition.

Our Guiding Principles

Our core values are defined by Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place, by:

  • Offering services within a climate of caring, trust and respect for human dignity and diversity
  • Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the ever-changing circumstances throughout one’s life
  • Committing to the highest quality service provided by skilled, compassionate professionals
  • Creating innovative programs that reflect the changing needs of the people and communities we serve
  • Seeking and valuing collaborative efforts in a spirit of inclusiveness
  • Following the ethical and visionary leadership of our Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and compassionate volunteers.

2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Peter Resnik

Sean Wachsman
Vice President

Marc Charnas

Marty Margulis
At-Large Member

Stephanie Mutchnick
Immediate Past President

Robin Stratton
Vice President

Ed Cohen
At-Large Member

Judge Joan Byer
Marc Charnas
Ed Cohen
Sallie Coleman
David Cooper
Matt Doctrow
Jim Ensign
Debbie Friedman
Ayala Golding
Amy Gilbert
Jordan Green
Rachel Greenberg
Dr. Lisa Klein
Julie Kling
Marty Margulis
Stephanie Mutchnick
Betsy Prussian
Peter Resnik
Doug Sharps
Karen Sherman
Cheryl Small
Carole Snyder
Robin Stratton
Diane Tobin
Sean Wachsman

Past Presidents
Stephanie Mutchnick
Debbie Friedman
Mark S. Ament
Mitchell Charney
Barbara Goldberg
Jane Goldstein
Lowell Katz, M.D.
Jay Klempner
Marjorie B. Kohn
Howard Markus
Gail Pohn
Steve Shapiro
Jeffery Weiss, M.D.

Honorary Directors
Arthur Grossman
Shelton R. Weber
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel
Rabbi Josh Golding
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport
Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks
Rabbi Robert Slosberg
Rabbi Michael Wolk

Management Staff

Judy Freundlich Tiell
[email protected]
Executive Director

Laura Sullivan
[email protected]
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Tiell
[email protected]
Director of Career Services & Workforce Development

Beverly Bromley
[email protected]
Director of Development & Marketing

Mary Cleary
[email protected]
Grants & Information Manager

Mauri Malka
[email protected]
Director of Family Services

Kim Toebbe
[email protected]
Volunteer Coordinator

Jenny Beekman
[email protected]
Office Manager

Cynthia Brown
[email protected]
Director of Navigate Enterprise Center


Jewish Family & Career Services is committed to good stewardship of all resources that are entrusted to us.

We have met the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards, and you can view their report on us here.

Our IRS Form 990 is available for review through Guidestar .

Partners & Sponsors

Other Ways to Support JFCS


Baskets of Blessing: Baskets of Blessings

Planning a Simcha? Contact JFCS to reserve your Baskets of Blessings to make a special occasion even more meaningful. Our baskets will enhance the Bimah and/or tables at your event while also representing your contributions to JFCS for food and assistance to those in need. Each basket rental represents a tax-deductible contribution to JFCS.