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The following are support services provided by the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) and the Jewish Health, Healing and Recovery Network of JBFCS, which helps Jews through life's transitions and challenges by drawing on resources that are spiritual, psychological and practical.

Manhattan West/Greenberg Counseling Center offers comprehensive evaluations as well as short- and long-term treatment for children and adults. Individual, family and group treatment is available, in addition to psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and psycho-educational testing services. For more information, please call 212.632.4700.

JACS provides group meetings, spiritual days and retreats, teen programs, and training and consultation for clergy and lay leaders. For more information call 212.632.4600.

Professionally run groups for children after the death of a parent, caregiver, or close relative, as well as groups for the children’s surviving caregivers. Provides opportunities to deal with the impact of the loss in a supportive, structured setting. Call the Children’s Loss and Bereavement Program, at 212.632.4692.

Ashamed' Afraid' Alone' We can help. Family violence can happen at any time, in any place, to anyone. Abuse can be emotional, physical, or sexual. You don't have to live with it. Find out your options. Making a call to the Family Violence Hotline can be the first step towards getting help. Callers can remain anonymous. Family Violence Hotline 718.237.1337.

Coping with a serious illness can be overwhelming and isolating. Our social worker and chaplain offer guidance and counseling, information and referral, and practical help to individuals and families. Call 212.632.4700 or visit

The Shira Ruskay Center provides well-trained volunteers who make a significant difference to people near life's end with limited family support systems. After a comprehensive training program, doulas provide comfort and companionship to lessen isolation. If you wish to become a volunteer "Doula to Accompany and Comfort" or if you think you or a friend can benefit from these services, please contact Amy Levine at 212.632.4768.

If you are a spouse, sibling or adult child caring for an older person with a serious illness or physical/cognitive limitations, we can help you find supportive programs or services that you need. Call Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein at 212.632.4726.

The JBFCS Learning Resource Network provides guidance, consultation, and referral services to parents, educators, and therapists about learning and child development. The staff of psychologists and educators is prepared to answer questions about children of all ages. For more information, contact Leslie Epstein-Pearson, CSW, at 212.632.4499 or

Free, confidential telephone information and referral to people seeking self-help/mutual support groups that meet for a wide variety of concerns throughout the 5 boroughs. Call 212.586.5770.

There are more than 100 human-service agencies in the Federation network that provide assistance to the community. To learn more about where to go for specific individual needs, contact the UJA-Federation Resource Line at 800.UJA.NYJ11.

If you're a Jew-by-Choice or in the process of becoming a Jew, please join our conversation-in-progress. A great opportunity to explore issues and raise questions. Group meets monthly on Sunday evenings in a private home. For more information, call 646.505.4405.

Monthly social gatherings at the JCC (Sep 12, Oct 3, Nov 11, Dec 5, 5 pm). Call Myrna at 718.548.1933 or see for dates and more information and to reserve a space. $5 (pay at door).

If you or your family is dealing with sickness, recovery, loneliness, isolation and loss, contact VCS to schedule a confidential visit in your home, hospital room, hospice or assisted living facility. Contact Rabbi Simeon Schreiber at 212.362.3537 or

Residential end-of-life care provided by Continuum Hospice Care in a Jewish context. Located in Riverdale, Bronx, Jewish patients and their families from varied backgrounds and across the spectrum of Jewish observance and belief receive an optimal level of medical, emotional, social and spiritual care in an environment that respects their cultural, spiritual and religious needs. Call 212.420.3370, ext. 300 for information.

Receive telephone counseling from professionally trained lay bereavement counselors who have themselves suffered a loss. Join a six-session support group facilitated by our counselors to share and discuss experiences, concerns, and feelings with others who understand because they have 'been there.' Support services are available for those who are pregnant after a loss. Held at National Council of Jewish Women New York Section, 820 Second Avenue, 2nd floor. Please call 212.687.5030, ext.28.

Ametz offers home studies, post-placement supervision, educational workshops, support groups and counseling to couples, singles, children and extended family members before, during and after the adoption. Call 212.558.9949 or

The Hebrew Free Loan Society can help you build a Jewish family through adoption. Interest-free loans of up to $15,000, repayable over five years, are available for residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. For more information and application materials, please contact Leonard Petlakh at the Hebrew Free Loan Society, 212.687.0188.

If you're a working parent of an infant or toddler in Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island looking for a small, intimate, neighborhood-based childcare arrangement in a family-type setting, or a stay-at-home parent or an individual who enjoys working with young children and seeking a vocation/profession that is home-based, you may be interested in Family Day Care. The Jewish Child Care Association's (JCCA) licensed Family Day Care network provides referrals, ongoing oversight, as well as care provider training and support. Please call Rebecca Koffler at 718.793.7890.

Loans of up to $7500 to pay for Jewish needs that families might forego in tight economic circumstances: day school and yeshiva tuition, Jewish camping fees, Jewish holiday observance, and related services. Call Raizy Polatchek at 212.682.0188, ext. 200.

The Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at Amsterdam Avenue and West 91st Street is a not-for-profit entity, governed by an independent unpaid Board of Directors representing the full spectrum of the New York Jewish community including rabbis from all movements as well as professionals and lay leaders from major Jewish social service agencies. Its priority is to serve the needs of the Jewish community, unfettered by profit-making concerns and interests. Call 212.769.4400 for information.

Ackerman Institute offers family therapy for a wide variety of concerns. Some insurance plans accepted, generous sliding fee scale. Call 212.879.4900.

Workshops, support groups, events, healing services and more. Call Rabbi Pamela Wax, 914.949.7699, ext. 321, or

Résumé assistance, free outplacement services, as well as job developers who will work with clients to develop appropriate placements. Call 212.524.1700, ext. 790.
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