Bereavement Support

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.

Our eight-week groups are co-lead by a Social Worker and a Rabbi, and are offered throughout the year. Currently, many of our bereavement support groups are offered in partnership with the JCC of Manhattan and within individual synagogue congregations. Pre-registration is required and fees apply.

2016 Support Meetings for Bereaved Jews

Loss of a Spouse/Partner

Thursdays from 6:00–7:30pm: June 16–August 4

Loss of a Spouse/Partner (For Older Adults)


Loss of a Parent

Tuesdays from 6:00–7:30pm: September 7–November 2

Loss of a Parent (for 20s, 30s & 40s)


Parents Who Lost a Young Child

Wednesdays from 9:00–10:30pm: June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21

Parents Who Lost a Young Adult Child

Thursdays from 4:30–6:00pm: June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8

Parents Who Lost an Adult Child

Mondays from 1:30–3:00pm: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19

‘M’Kom Shalom: A Place of Peace (For Jewish survivors of a close one’s suicide)

Wednesdays from 7:00–8:30pm: June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

To Register for Loss of a Parent or Spouse/Partner, contact Amy Warren, LMSW, at 212.632.4693 or For all other groups, contact Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, at 212.632.4770 or For bereavement services in Riverdale, contact Anna Kirsblum, LCSW, at 718.601.9714 or

Holiday Programs in the Presence of Loss

The holidays can be a difficult time when experiencing the loss of a loved one. The Shira Ruskay Center offers three programs annually — Coping with the Empty Chair, Gathering the Generations in the Sukkah, and Lights in the Darkness — to provide assistance and comfort during those times.
All programs are facilitated by a Rabbi and a Social Worker, and are open to the public at no cost. These programs are offered at the JCC in Manhattan and can also be organized in your community (contact us for more information).

For more information or to register for our support groups or holiday programs, call 212.632.4608.

Bereavement Support for Individuals and Families

We provide assistance to New Yorkers facing advances serious illness or loss. Our social workers or rabbis can visit you at home to:

  • Assist individuals and families in accessing medical or community services.
  • Offer guidance, direction, education, and support.
  • Help individuals and families cope with overwhelming feelings and concerns.
  • Guide individuals and families as they prepare for the future.
  • 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.

To discuss how our bereavement support groups may be of help to you or someone you know, please contact our caring and experienced staff at: 212.632.4608 or