Financial Assistance

In accordance with the philosophy of Tzedakah as articulated by Maimonides, the Jewish philosopher, the highest degree of aid is that which enables a person to become self supporting. Jewish Family Service provides financial aid to the Omaha Jewish community in many ways.

JFS has an established relationship with The Jewish Community Center (JCC) to assess the financial information of those applying for Financial Aid:

The reasons for your request may vary from a reduced rate at the JCC to financial assistance for immediate living expenses.

Community members requesting Financial Aid will be required to provide all necessary financial paperwork in order for the Assistance Council to adequately assess need. It is our goal to assess your need as expeditiously as possible and to not only help you through a crisis, but to help you gain financial stability and independence. In all situations, Jewish Family Service will treat you with the utmost dignity and respect knowing that for most people it is hard to ask for help for any reason.

Please note: This process exists in order to maintain the highest level of confidentiality of your personal financial information (which will be kept in one location at Jewish Family Service) while allowing the Jewish community to assess the effectiveness of their financial scholarship programs. Financial aid decisions will be based on financial need.



Emergency Financial Assistance is available for anyone in the Jewish community who is affected financially by the virus outbreak. Our staff is hard at work to make sure every request gets answered in a timely fashion, prioritizing those in crisis. If you have a request, please call our Assistance Coordinator, Linda Cogen, at 402-334-6493. Financial Aid

Project Dreidel

Project Dreidel

During Hanukkah, Jewish Family Service helps support families with children age 18 and under who need extra assistance to purchase holiday gifts. A smiling face and a greeting by one of our volunteers is cherished by so many in our community who receive this service. Project Dreidel Wish List

Project Tzedakah

Project Tzedakah

During Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Passover each year, JFS supports individuals, couples and families in need by providing holiday greetings and food baskets appropriate for each festival. A smiling face and a greeting by one of our volunteers is cherished by so many in our community who receive this service. Application

Financial Aid Application

The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to have generous community members who contribute to a variety of funds that are intended to provide financial help for those who wish to request a reduced fee at the JCC or need some extra help with primary living expenses.

Please make your initial inquiry to the proper agency. We look forward to serving you.

How to apply for financial assistance / reduced fee at the JCC:

Apply Online


Download a copy to fill-out and bring with you on your first appointment. You can also pick up a paper copy from our office if you do not have a printer.



The more complete the information, the better we are able to serve you.

For those of you who need us to send/receive financial information from a third party, please also fill-out this Release of information (online form)

All correspondence is kept strictly confidential.