Jewish Family Service


Jewish Family Service, a department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, is dedicated to strengthening the quality of life for individuals and families throughout their life. Jewish Family Service offers a wide range of professional counseling and support services, without regard to religion, race, ethnicity, or disability.


Jewish Family Service (JFS) is one of over 145 members of the Association of Jewish Family and Children's agencies representing Jewish human service organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Other Programs & Services

Jewish Family Service offers a variety of programs, services and resources to the community.

Schmooze in a Box Program

Our curbside “Schmooze in a Box” free lunch program is every Tuesday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the Federation's parking lot, 524 Chapala Street. If you know if anyone who could use a nutritious meal this week, please contact Ruby Vargeson at

Mediation & Legal Services

Through Jewish Family Service, Santa Barbara attorney and mediation expert Edward Lowenschuss volunteers his services in Family Conflict Mediation and Living Wills/Advanced Healthcare Directives.

PJ Library

Free monthly children’s books or CDs to enrich and nurture Jewish family relationships. Sign up today!