Financial Aid/Scholarship

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/scholarships to the Omaha Jewish community in many ways.

JFS has an established relationship with the following Federation Agencies to assess the financial information of those applying for Financial Aid/Scholarship:

  • The Jewish Community Center (JCC)
  • The Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center (CDC)
  • The Center for Jewish Education (CJE)
  • Jewish Family Service (JFS)
  • Freidel Jewish Academy

The reasons for your request may vary from a reduced rate at the JCC or financial assistance for childcare or pre-school at the CDC, to financial assistance for immediate living expenses or Financial Aid for your child to attend summer camp.

Community members requesting Financial Aid/Scholarships 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.

All Financial Aid/Scholarship inquiries are referred to our Assistance Coordinator, Linda Cogen, at (402) 334-6493 or lcogen(at)

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. Scholarship decisions will be based on financial need, number of community requests and the amount of scholarship funds available in any calendar year.  All scholarship awards will be reviewed annually.