Jewish Community Services

Bereavement Support

We offer individual and group bereavement support that are individualized for specific types of loss, and for various Jewish cultural, spiritual, and religious needs.

Our eight- to twelve-week groups are facilitated by a licensed Social Worker and offered throughout the year. We offer groups for participants with similar losses, including spouses, parents, children, and other loved ones. For some groups, we attempt to group participants of similar age.

Pre-registration is required. To register for a group, please contact us at or call 212.632.4608.

How We Can Help

Bereavement Support for Individuals and Families

We provide assistance to New Yorkers facing advanced serious illness or loss or needing counseling around end of life issues for themself or a loved one. Our social workers:

  • Assist individuals and families in accessing medical or community services.
  • Offer guidance, direction, education, and support.
  • Provide spiritual and religious resources and guidance.
  • Offer specialized group and individual bereavement support.
  • Partner with professional health care providers to ensure comprehensive care.
  • Provide professional and community education programs throughout New York City.

Holiday Programs in the Presence of Loss

The holidays can be a difficult time when experiencing the loss of a loved one. We offer programs to provide assistance and comfort, including:

  • Bringing Light into the Darkness, our Chanukah bereavement program
  • The Healing Shofar, our night of remembrance and renewal for Rosh Hashanah
  • The Empty Chair at the Seder Table, our Passover bereavement program

All programs are facilitated by a licensed Social Worker and open to the public at no cost. These programs can also be organized in your community (contact us at or 212.632.4608 for more information).

HELP is a phone call away.

1.844.ONE.CALL (844.663.2255) is a quick way to find services near you.

Our intake team is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, to help you schedule an appointment or share more information about our services.

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