Jewish Community Services

Jewish Community Services

Our Jewish Community Services programs integrate our mental and behavioral health services with spirituality, combining the richness of Jewish traditions with social work practices—such as spiritual and group counseling, workshops, consultation, training, and more.

Our Jewish Community Services offer individuals and families connections to the support of peers and community. And we work with Jewish organizations, such as synagogues, JCCs, Y’s, and schools, to enhance their services and programming.

Our Jewish clients are Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chasidic and unaffiliated. We help these individuals and communities facing issues of:

  • Serious illness or injury
  • End-of-life care
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Making healthy life choices
  • Addiction recovery
  • and other community care and support concerns

Jewish Community Services for Individuals and Families

Center for Spiritual Care

Spiritual care offers the creative use of traditional spiritual resources, combined with psychological insights, mind-body techniques and community to those seeking wholeness, comfort and connection in challenging times.

Some topics we focus on include: Employment, healthcare choices, and life transitions. For more information, contact us at 212.632.4500.

Shira Ruskay Center

The Shira Ruskay Center provides comfort support, and education for the New York City Jewish community facing serious illness or bereavement and the challenges of caregiving. Our social workers and rabbis provide a range of spiritual and emotional services, including consultation, information and referral, case management and guidance, community education, synagogue consultation, and counseling.

The Shira Ruskay Center has been the designated New York City Regional Care Center of the Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance. For more information, contact us at 212.632.4608.

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons & Significant Others (JACS)

JACS is the first and foremost mutual support network for Jews affected by alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction. JACS serves Jews in the metropolitan NY area, the US and around the world – Israel, South America, South Africa and Australia.

JACS encourages recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment, promoting knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish community. We also act as a resource center and information clearinghouse on the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency on Jewish family life. For more information, contact us at 212.632.4600, or email us at

Connect to Care

In this recession, many of us find ourselves in need of support – even those of us who never expected to need assistance. 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.

Connect to Care 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
  • Online Spiritual Resources for the Economic Downturn

To get help and to make an appointment in Manhattan, Riverdale, or Brownstone Brooklyn, call us at (212) 632-4602 or email For further information about UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care, and to see locations of other Centers, call UJA-Federation’s J11 Helpline at 1.877.UJA.NYJ11 (1-877-852-6951); or visit

Services for Organizations

Partners in Caring

Through programs with in partnership with synagogues, day schools, and Hillels, Jewish Community Services responds the needs of people with problems that go beyond the ordinary “bumps in the road.” We help individuals, families, groups handle exceptional problems such as unemployment, divorce, single parenting, suicide, the threat of homelessness, cult involvement and interdenominational conflict.

Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council

The tradition of bikur cholim (be-core kho-leem), Hebrew for “visiting the sick,” is an imperative to visit and support the needs of those who are ill or isolated. We offer consultation, training workshops and follow up support as requested by synagogues, schools, and community groups, wanting to create or maintain bikur cholim programs.

For more information, contact us at 212.632.4730 or

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