Agency Overview

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas is a nonsectarian mental health and social services agency that impacts almost 11,000 lives a year. For more than 65 years, JFS has welcomed anyone through our doors regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or the ability to pay.

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Our Mission

To provide professional, effective and affordable mental health and social services that promote lifelong self-sufficiency and well-being for anyone in need.

Our Beliefs

Jewish Family Service is an open door to those in need regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or ability to pay. Our services and programs are built upon our core beliefs:

  • Any of us might need help from time to time as we navigate life’s unexpected crises and challenging transitions.
  • An individual’s emotional and physical well-being is the foundation for personal self-sufficiency, strong families, and meaningful social relationships.
  • Each child’s physical, intellectual, and emotional potential can best be realized by growing up in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • All adults want to support themselves, meet family needs, and contribute productively to their community.
  • Older adults should have the option to remain in their own homes for as long as it is safe to do so.

Our Commitment

When people turn to Jewish Family Service for help, they can rely on licensed professionals with the education, expertise, experience, and heart to make a positive difference in thousands of lives every year in an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality.

The early roots of JFS in Dallas can be traced as far back as 1911, when various benevolent societies united and incorporated as Federated Hebrew Charities, focused on settling Jews who were coming to America through Galveston.  Through the following decades the organization answered various local requests for aid from Russian immigrants, Jews fleeing Europe before WWII, those seeking new homes post Holocaust, and many more.

Federated Hebrew Charities expanded to become the central fundraiser for all Jewish organizations locally and regionally in 1923, re-naming itself the Federation of Jewish Social Services.  This was the precursor of today’s Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.  The local social service bureau within the Federation became Jewish Family Service in 1942, consisting of a director and a single social worker.

An article published in the Federation News in December 1951 noted:

“What kinds of problems does Jewish Family Service try to resolve?  They include temporary unemployment with loss of income, medical emergencies and consequent overwhelming medical bills, difficulties attendant on planning for an aged and enfeebled parent, family discord which may raise the question of divorce or separation.  Jewish Family Service, through its staff of trained professional case workers, and with the assistance of many volunteers, is prepared to help families meet these problems.”

Sounds familiar, right?

Jewish Family Service addresses many of those same issues today in our departments of Career and Employment Services, Emergency Assistance, Services for Older Adults, and Clinical Services for Adults. In response to community needs over the last 60 years, we have added Services for Children and Adolescents, Parenting Education, Family Violence Intervention, Support Groups, Healing Support, and Volunteer Services.

In 1983, JFS incorporated as an independent organization and became a Federation partner agency.

In the years that followed, we expanded from that earlier mission to address community needs in the areas of mental health services, services for children and adolescents, parenting education, family violence intervention, support groups and assistance for those with special needs.

We moved into this building in 2001 and now have offices in two other locations, plus the Resale Shop.

And now, looking forward to our next half century…

When people come to Jewish Family Service for help, they know they can count on our expertise.
Our professional staff includes Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. We also work with consulting Psychiatrists as necessary. All of our professional staff continue their own education and training as appropriate to their licensure.

We are diligent in maintaining a system for on-going quality improvement—including client feedback, community input, and quantification of the outcome of our work.COA Logo
Jewish Family Service is one of only six Dallas-Fort Worth agencies accredited by the Council on Accreditation. We continually meet the highest standards of practice in areas including governance, fiscal management, human resources management, and quality improvement.

Our community can rely on our expertise.

View Our FY 15-16 Audit

View Our 2015 Form 990

4-Star CharityWe are proud to announce Jewish Family Service of Dallas has earned our fifth consecutive 4-star rating. This is the highest possible rating and indicates that our agency adheres to sector best practices and that we execute our mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that JFS exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work. Only 7% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that JFS outperforms most other charities in America.


AJFCA / Legacy Heritage Fund
Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education (AWARE)
Sylvan T. Baer Trust*
Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
City of Plano
Communities Foundation of Texas
Community Council of Greater Dallas/FEMA (Emergency Food and Shelter Program)
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
County of Dallas
Dallas Area Agency on Aging
The Dallas Foundation
Dallas Women’s Foundation
The Dallas Jewish Women International Philanthropic Fund*
Embrey Family Foundation
Leo and Rhea Fay Fruhman Foundation
Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
The Hersh Foundation
Hillcrest Foundation
Hoblitzelle Foundation
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Jewish Youth Tzedakah Foundation
The Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation
W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
The Mary Kay Foundation
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
McDermott Foundation
The Meadows Foundation
National Council of Jewish Women
North Texas Commission Foundation
ORIX Foundation
Carrie S. Orleans Trust
Prince of Peace Catholic Community
Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Foundation
The Howard Earl Rachofsky Foundation
RBC Foundation
The Rees-Jones Foundation
Sam Roosth Foundation
Shelly & Gusie Rosenberg Foundation
Harold Simmons Foundation
Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El
State of Texas, Criminal Justice Division
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Texas Department of Agriculture Texans Feeding Texans
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Wal-Dot Foundation
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Fund
The Orien Levy Woolf and Dr. Jack Woolf Charitable Foundation
Abe Zale Foundation
The Barbara & Donald Zale Family Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas
M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation

*Administered by the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation