Community Services


For information about any of these programs, our first point of contact is our JBFCS social worker, Arona Berow, LMSW, at or 212-632-4735. Arona can assist you with navigating any of these agencies and programs so that you receive the assistance you need.

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UJA-Federation’s Connect-to-Care Initiative

Resources in Response to the Economic Downturn

Offering individuals in the Jewish community all of the following services, as well as numerous workshops, all at no charge:

• Employment and career transition services
• Financial and legal consultation
• Debt counseling
• Budget assistance
• Supportive counseling and Jewish spiritual care

Phone: 212-632-4602
To reach a Connect-to-Care counselor, please call 212-632-4602.

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Jewish Board Support Groups

The Jewish Board’s support group program offers support in a safe, structured, and confidential environment. The Shira Ruskay bereavement support group program helps you to recognize and respect your own grief process and understand the emotional, physical, and spiritual impacts of loss. The Shira Ruskay Program offers support groups specific to the type of relationship lost, including those mourning the loss of a parent, child (young or adult), spouse, partner, or a loved one by suicide. The Jewish Board offers additional support groups, including writing workshops, caregiver support groups, personal growth groups, and groups for people with physical and mental health struggles. For more information, please contact the Shira Ruskay Program at 212-632-4608 or

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Assistance in Navigating Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents

If you are concerned about your child’s emotional well-being and aren’t sure where to turn, the Jewish community is here to help. UJA-Federation’s Mental Health GPS (Guiding Parents through Services) helps direct families toward the best course of comprehensive mental health services including community programs, public and private health practitioners, mentoring and school-based programs, and hospital-based support. A family resource specialist will personally guide you and your family on the right path, and serve as an advocate and supportive voice during your family’s journey through the mental-health system and related support services.

For more information, please contact  the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services at 212-582-9100.

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