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 COVID-19 Response Program

To ensure the well-being of members of all Manhattan communities, the Jewish Community COVID-19 Response Program was created to provide support in these difficult times.

The Jewish Board can help with anything from dealing with the everyday stress of children whose social outlets have been curtailed, to people dealing with a tragic death loss from the pandemic.

Support Group Topics

  • Job Loss: Support for anyone with a COVID-19 related job loss, focusing on emotional responses and coping strategies.
  • Isolation (for elderly living alone): Support for older adults who have been cut off from supports due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Parenting Stress/Anxiety: Support for parents to manage the stress of working from home, navigating daycare or schools closing and remote learning, lack of social outlets for children/teenager anxiety, or family conflict.
  • Teen Ambiguous Loss: Support for teenagers (13-15 and 16-18) to discuss loss of milestone events like prom, graduation, b’nei mitzvah; social isolation, or school/camp closings.
  • First Responder Support and Self-Care: Support for anyone who is helping others related to COVID-19 and has experienced trauma, stress, burnout, anxiety, or insomnia
  • Bereavement: Support for spousal loss, parent loss, child loss, and other significant person loss.

Additional Services

  • Up to four individual sessions. The Jewish Board will leverage our citywide continuum of services, including our network of mental health clinics, and our broad network of partnerships to provide referrals to any needed services such as longer-term therapy and psychiatric assistance, or other specific needs (legal assistance, food, etc.).
  • Crisis response to provide rapid assistance to any congregation or Jewish organization in Manhattan for in-person or remote emergency intervention.
  • Monthly series of trainings on trauma or bereavement topics geared towards Jewish professionals and clergy.
  • Assistance with concrete needs via The Jewish Board’s Homelessness Prevention Program, and the UJA-funded Emergency Cash Assistance Program for people who have a COVID-19 related job loss and/or the rabbi’s discretionary.
  • COVID-19 resources will be provided to congregations and along with our pre-recorded webinars.

The Jewish Community COVID-19 Response Program was developed in partnership with the New York Board of Rabbis and funded by UJA-Federation of New York to care for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jewish Community Services for Individuals and Families

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 jacs@jbfcs.org JACS is honored to have a Warm Line operated by amazing volunteers, all of whom are Jewish 12-Steppers. If you need support outside of business hours, please contact us at 646.573.7420.

Services for Organizations

Lynn and Jules Kroll Jewish Community Services

Through programs with in partnership with synagogues, day schools, and Hillels, our Lynn and Jules Kroll Jewish Community Services respond to 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, and the threat of homelessness.