Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Community Services

Jewish Community Services promote integration of services with spirituality and combine the richness of Jewish traditions with social work practices—such as spiritual and group counseling, workshops, consultation, training, and more. We 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.

Jewish Healing Center

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.

Shira Ruskay Center

The Shira Ruskay Center offers social work services, spiritual care and volunteer support based on each client’s needs and preferences. It was founded in 1997 to assist seriously ill patients, their families and loved ones. We assist with navigating the complex and often chaotic health and social service system, thereby enabling access to better and more comprehensive care. Learn more.

Bereavement Support

The Shira Ruskay Center offers bereavement support groups that are individualized for specific types of loss, and for various Jewish cultural, spiritual, and religious needs. Our groups include participants with similar losses such as individuals who have lost spouses, parents, children, and other loved ones. We attempt to group participants of similar age. Learn more.

Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council

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. Learn more.