Jewish Family Services

We work to promote strong and healthy individuals, families, and the Jewish community as a whole, by offering multiple services including: information and referral, support, advocacy, caring assistance and financial aid.

Senior Services

  • Provide referrals to local services.
  • Advocate on behalf of individuals when needed.
  • Offer special programming and friendly home/nursing facility visits.
  • Provide information to help guide seniors and their families in choosing appropriate housing options.

Individual and Family Services

  • Provide information about referrals to community resources and activities.
  • Provide assistance and support during life transitions.
  • Advocate during medical, financial, housing, and emotional crises.
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Durable Medical Equipment Lending Library

  • The Jewish Federation has a lending library of durable medical equipment. Items include walkers, crutches, bath benches, canes, and more. 

The Advance Directive Gap:
Special Instructions for Cognitive Impairment and Special Situations

In an intensive workshop, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Lane County in June 2020, we explored the uses and limits of the standard Oregon Advance Directive and considered the ethical and quality-of-life issues in cases of cognitive impairment or other special situations. 
Each participant was able to complete a special instruction values tool to convey his or her own values and wishes for care in situations not covered by the standard form.

The instructor, Karen Fabiano, is the Owner and President of Avanti Eldercare Resources. She is a professional guardian and health-care representative who makes major health-care decisions for incapacitated adults.  She has taught on topics such as the ethics of surrogate decision-making, and building your care team.  She is also a long time practitioner and teacher of ki-aikido.

If you missed out on this opportunity, we are providing the documents used and discussed in this workshop for your use.

Click here for the 2019 Advance Directive document for the State of Oregon.

Click here for the “Special Instructions for Health Care with Cognitive Impairment” document.

Additional resources may be found at

To speak with our trained and caring staff,  contact  our Social Service Coordinator, Oriana, at 541-484-2541, or at


"I was bringing my elderly mother to live in Eugene and had no idea where to look for the best care options. They directed me to the right resources and supported us during the transition."

"When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I was so scared and confused. I didn’t know what the children and I were going to do. A caring person from Jewish Family Services helped me to organize my life and get through the difficult times."

"I really love being a mother, but after my second child, Stephen was born there were days I felt overwhelmed and exhausted. Having an understanding person to talk to on a bad day helped me feel better about myself and to be a better parent."

"With the help of Jewish Family Services, Dad was able to meet with others in the community. He stayed a lot sharper and didn’t suffer the mental deterioration you sometimes see when people are isolated in their homes."

We are supported through the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Lane County and community members. While there are no fees for our services, your donations are greatly appreciated.