Jewish Community Services


Programs
Locations:

Be'ad HaYeled (For the Sake of the Child) Services: Domestic Violence Programs and Services, Jewish Community Services
Brooklyn, NY 11219 (map

Phone: (718) 435-5700
Fax: (718) 854-5495
Sponsored by JBFCS and the Board of Jewish Education, this program offers education and training to rabbis, teachers, parents, and community professionals in recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect. Services include intervening on behalf of the children, trying to prevent other cases from occurring, and supporting distressed families. Consultation and clinical services available. Services offered in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.
Bikur Cholim - The Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin Coordinating Council Services: Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Rechel Schoenfeld, LMSW
Phone: (212) 632-4730
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/bikurcholim
Assists organizations to develop and sustain bikur cholim groups, which visit the sick or home bound, through on-site training and consultation, written materials, and an annual conference.
Boro Park Counseling Center Services: Counseling Services, Jewish Community Services
1273 53rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219 (map

Director: Faye Wilbur, LCSW
Phone: (718) 435-5700
Fax: (718) 854-5495

Provides counseling to children and adults struggling with a range of emotional and social difficulties. Specialized services include evaluation and assessment, time limited, time effective and ongoing individual, couple, family and group counseling as well as psychiatric services and medication management as indicated. Specialized expertise treating eating disorders, loss and bereavement and issues around trauma including but not limited to family violence and sexual abuse. Orthodox therapists provide treatment in English, Hebrew, Russian, Dutch and Yiddish.

Brooklyn Youth Council Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
2020 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11223 (map

Director: Louis Welz
Phone: (718) 676-4313
Fax: (718) 676-4299
A consortium of more than 70 community organizations and educational institutions who share concern and are committed to helping "at-risk" Jewish youth and their families.
CA Jewish Family Service Services: Jewish Community Services
San Diego, CA  (map

Phone: (858) 637-3000
Ask for Adam Mitchell, Intake Coordinator
Doula to Accompany and Comfort Services: Jewish Community Services
150 West End Avenue
Suite 12A
New York, NY 10023 (map

Director: Amy Levine, LCSW
Phone: (212) 706-0398
Email: alevine@doulaprogram.org
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Early Recognition Program (ERP) Services: Children and Adolescent Services, Counseling Services, Early Childhood and Learning, Jewish Community Services
2020 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11223 (map

Director: Deborah Zicht, LCSW, CASAC
Fax: 718 676-4299
Provides free emotional health screenings to children, teens, and young adults ages 5-21 in the Orthodox community. The ERP has been implemented in yeshivas, pediatric practices, and community centers. Screenings can also be administered at the ERP office. The program also seeks to raise emotional health awareness and can provide anti-stigma activities to partnered programs. 

All services are provided in a SENSITIVE and STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL manner. Learn more about the Early Recognition Program by clicking here

To have your child screened or to partner with the ERP please contact Janet Abed, LCSW at jabed@jbfcs.org or 718 676-4310.
Genesis Project for Single Parent Families Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Judith Levitan, LCSW
Phone: (212) 632-4732
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Web: http://www.jcprograms.org/single.html

The Genesis Project was developed in partnership with a focus group of newly single young mothers who felt the need for a sense of community. The group serves parents who are single through divorce, by choice or through the death of a spouse. We also provide services for their children.

The Genesis Project, fondly referred to as GPAC (Genesis Parent Action Committee) by the members, offers a warm inclusive, single parent family community within our larger Jewish community. The group welcomes newcomers on an ongoing basis.

Many GPAC parents have active lives, busy with work, family and friends. Yet, GPAC offers something extra... an oasis where they can connect and learn from other single parents, and where their kids can do the same.

The Genesis Project offers meetings, workshops, and social events for single parents and their children.

  • Regularly scheduled weeknight dinner meetings. Parents discuss issues, socialize and share resources, while the children socialize and discuss issues as they interact with teen mentors and an expressive arts therapist.
  • Workshops on topics of interest such as Building Good Parenting Skills, Having a Life as a Single Parent, Dating as a Single Parent, Time Management, Life Coaching, Workshops for Dads, Celebrating Jewish Holidays and Rituals as a Single Parent Family
  • Social events, such as holiday parties and summer picnics.

View the Events page for specific dates and times of upcoming events.

JACS and JACS Teens Services: Counseling Services, Jewish Community Services
135 W. 50th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Sharon Darack
Phone: (212)632-4600
Fax: (212)399-3525
Email: jacs@jacsweb.org
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/JACS
Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS) help Jews, and Jewish teens, who are either in recovery from alcohol or other substance abuse, or are concerned about the problem as it affects their friends and loved ones. Participants draw strength and hope from Jewish spiritual resources and traditions through activities such as weekend retreats, spiritual days, a speakers bureau, web site, and training for clergy and Jewish communal service professionals.
Jewish Family Life Education Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Jonathan Katz, LCSW
Phone: (212) 632-4731
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Educational workshops and lectures designed to help individuals cope more effectively with life-cycle issues. Programs address topics such as parenting, adolescence, being single or divorced, aging, and interpersonal and family relationships. Groups led by professionals are offered by request at public and private schools, yeshivas, synagogues, Y's, and community organizations.
National Center for Jewish Healing Services: Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Susan Rosenthal, LMSW
Phone: (212) 632-4500
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Email: info@ncjh.org
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/NCJH
The National Center for Jewish Healing (NCJH) helps communities better meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and other significant life challenges.

Working closely with a network of Jewish healing centers and programs throughout North America we offer consultation, resource material, publications, training and referrals to community resources.

We address such questions as:

"What does Judaism teach about health, illness, and healing?"

"In what ways can the wisdom of Jewish tradition help sustain the spirits of those in need as well as those who provide care?"

"What resources can our community develop to meet the spiritual needs of those who are suffering, to make sure no one faces illness or loss alone?"

New York Jewish Healing Center Services: Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020 (map

Phone: (212) 632-4500
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Web: http://jbfcs.org/NYJHC
The New York Jewish Healing Center’s aim is that no Jew be alone during the difficult transitions of illness and loss " that our tradition’s wisdom be accessible and meaningful, and our communities be able to respond. We help Jews of all backgrounds, the affiliated and unaffiliated, and those with different approaches to Jewish life.

We offer:
Jewish Support Groups for patients, family members, health care professionals and bereaved Jews.

Training Institutes and Seminars, Workshops and Conferences for rabbis, cantors, health-care professionals and bikur cholim volunteers

Publications including prayer cards, personal testimonies and holiday thoughts, for study, reflection, inspiration and support. [Listed at http://www.jewishhealing.org]

Consultation to clergy, health care and mental health professionals who need assistance with specific cases or general information about Jewish healing and Jewish spiritual resources.

Information and Referral to help individuals and families utilize the rich Jewish and health care resources of New York.

Partners in Caring Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
135 W. 50th St
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Jonathan Katz, LCSW
Phone: (212) 632-4731
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Email: jkatz@jbfcs.org

Through our Partners in Caring (PIC) program, a UJA-Federation of NY initiative, we assign a qualified and experienced social worker to the synagogue, JCC, school or other Jewish institution. The social worker provides consultation, training and direct social work services to the institution's entire synagogue community, including staff, lay leaders, volunteers and members. The social worker offers members crisis intervention, time-limited counseling, case management, information & referral, mutual support groups (such as bereavement, caregivers, and single parent), and community education programs.

Our Partners in Caring (PIC): Support for Older Adults program social workers offer support to older adults, their families and their synagogues in the Mid and Northern Brooklyn communities.

Partners in Caring at Yeshivas Project Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
2020 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11223 (map

Director: Louis Welz
Phone: (718) 676-4313
Fax: (718) 676-4299
JBFCS assigns clinicial social workers and mental health professionals to yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens to provide on-site consultation, counseling, teacher training and student and/or parent psycho-educational workshop.
Rabbinic Internship Services: Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Jonathan Katz, LCSW
Phone: (212) 399-2685, ext. 232
Fax: (212) 399-2475

Provides rabbinic students with field work placements in projects of the Jewish Connections Division to enable them to develop skills in responding to the psychosocial needs of individuals, families, and groups.

Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Connections Programs Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020 (map

Phone: (212) 632-4500
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Email: info@jcprograms.org
Web: http://www.jcprograms.org
The Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Connections Programs provide a broad and integrated array of services to help communities address both normative life-cycle issues and traumatic events such as severe illness or incidents of violence.
Support Programs for Single-Parents and the Recently Divorced Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Judith Levitan, LCSW
Phone: 212-632-4732
Fax: 212-399-2475
Web: http://www.jcprograms.org/single.html

These programs were created through a partnership between JBFCS and the JCC in Manhattan. The groups take currently take place at the JCC in Manhattan. We serve individuals and agencies throughout New York City.

Divorce Support

The program’s mission is to reach out to and sustain Jewish community members at this time of loneliness and potential alienation. Established over 5 years ago in response to the limited resources available in the Jewish community, the program offers inclusive and readily accessible support and guidance for those going through divorce.

Since the program’s inception, we have served over 850 people, both women and men going through divorce as well as their loved ones who may also be affected, e.g., mothers and fathers, concerned grandparents and other family members. Our programs are sponsored by and for the Jewish community, but we welcome all who would like to join us.

We offer:

  • Seven-session professionally-facilitated divorce support groups
  • Consultation and referral for counseling, psychotherapy, community resources, spiritual partners, synagogue referrals
  • Workshops on topics of interest such as Children and Divorce, Financial Planning, Feeling Comfortable in Court, Dating, Life Planning after Divorce, Meditation, Adult Children of Divorced Parents, and Grandparent Consultation

For Professionals

If you are interested in developing a program or workshop for single parent families at your agency, please contact Judith Levitan for consultation and program development.


The Shira Ruskay Center: New York City Regional Care Center Services: Jewish Community Services
135 West 50th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10020 (map

Director: Brenda Mamber, LCSW
Phone: (212)632-4608
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Email: info@shiraruskay.org
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/ShiraRuskayCenter
Provides social work and rabbinic spiritual counseling to the NYC Jewish community facing serious, life threatening, or terminal illness and loss. Our staff provide information and referrals, individual and family counseling at home within all of NYC and at our Manhattan and Brooklyn offices, support and advocacy, training for professionals, community education programs, end-of-life resources for clergy and synagogue communities, and bereavement counseling and groups.

Orthodox Jewish Community Unit: (718) 686-1795
UJA-Federation of New York's Connect to Care Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
Director: Susan Rosenthal
Phone: (212) 632-4602
Fax: 212-399-2475
Email: connect-to-care@jbfcs.org
Web: http://www.jcprograms.org/connect-to-care

UJA-Federation of New York’s Connect to Care takes aim at the impact of the economic downturn in the Jewish community throughout all of New York City. This program provides a broad array of coordinated services designed to offer you and your family the help you need where and when you need it. Services are easy to access, discreet, and comprehensive, addressing a broad range of challenges you or your family may be facing.

The program offers:

  • Employment and career-transition services, including job networking opportunities and career seminars.
  • Financial consultation, debt counseling, and budget assistance.
  • Legal services.
  • Supportive counseling and Jewish spiritual care.
  • Loan Assistance.

Under the Same Tent Services: Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
Director: Judith Levitan, LCSW
Phone: (212) 632-4732
Fax: (212) 399-2475
Email: jlevitan@jbfcs.org

Under the Same Tent offers opportunities for Black, Asian, Latino, or mixed-race Jews to meet each other, to talk about common experiences, and to build a broader community. Through affinity groups and other in-person gatherings, young adults, parents and couples both seek and offer support. These groups are offered in partnership with Be'chol Lashon.

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