Established in 1949 to help Holocaust survivors, refugees and those returning from WWII, Jewish Vocational Service continues to invest in individuals and families – helping them build better lives in the United States for 70 years and counting. Rooted in our core value that all people have intrinsic worth and dignity, we engage, encourage and empower people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration in the Greater Kansas City metro area.


Workforce Development

Encourages prosperity and economic stability through education, employment and entrepreneurship.


Community Integration

Empowers all people to contribute to their community, and encourages community accessibility and inclusivity.


Health and Wellness

Engages individuals in activities that promote healthy bodies, minds and relationships.


JVS COVID-19 Program Update

Dear friends,

In response to the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19, JVS is making some changes to our programming to attempt to balance service continuity for the communities we serve while protecting the health of staff, clients, volunteers and the community.

As of March 16, direct services at our 4600 The Paseo location will be paused. All classes and volunteer opportunities will not be held at this time. Staff will continue to provide services to clients via telephone, video conference, and in person when necessary and prudent to do so, as the communities we serve may be especially vulnerable to the economic, physical health and mental health repercussions of this event. .

If you have questions about JVS services, please contact our main switchboard at 816.471.2808. You may also reach me directly at We recognize that this is an unprecedented and unique situation, and we appreciate your flexibility and support.
Hilary Cohen Singer
Executive Director
JVS | (816) 471-2808 | 4600 The Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64110 |

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