Hesed Resources

Social Worker

Made possible by the UJA-Federation Funded Grant, Partners in Caring, BJ is pleased to offer professional social work support services to members available on site at the synagogue nearly every week.

Shira Felberbaum, LMSW, MS

Shira offers BJ members (both individuals and families alike) short-term supportive counseling, information, and referral, which means that she can help put you in touch with additional resources and sources of ongoing support available through The Jewish Board and other agencies serving the area.  In that capacity, Shira provides confidential consultations on a variety of matters pertaining to personal and professional transitions (i.e. unemployment, underemployment, illness, bereavement, caregiving, divorce, retirement, infertility, marriage, birth, and adoption) as well as life challenges (i.e. special needs, mental illness, addiction and recovery, elder abuse, domestic violence, lack of financial resources for food and shelter).

Availability

By Phone or Email at BJ: (212) 787-7600 ext 238 or socialworker@bj.org
Onsite at BJ and Available By Appointment Most Mondays and Thursdays

Seniors

Medical

Medicare: https://www.medicare.gove/, 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227)

Medicaid: http://medicaid.gov/

Social Security: http://www.ssa.gov/, 1-800-772-1213

Alzheimers Association: http://www.alz.org/nyc/, 24/7 helpline: 1-800-272-3900

Support Groups

Alzheimers association: http://www.alz.org/nyc/, 24/7 helpline: 1-800-272-3900: information and support programs.

American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org, 24/7 hotline: 1-800-227-2345: referral service offers cancer screenings and support programs

SHARE – sharecancersupport.org, for women with breast or ovarian cancer: education, support, advocacy – 212-719-0364

JBFCS – 1-844-663-2255 or 212-584-8495: “One Call” offers potential clients a toll-free, quick, efficient way to learn about JBFCS’ services and schedule appointments for individual, group, family, or couples therapy and psychiatric services. Evidence-based therapies for most mental health and behavioral issues.

The Shira Ruskay Center: New York City Regional Care Center: www.jbfcs.org/ShiraRuskayCenter, (212-632-4608): Provides social work and rabbinic spiritual counseling to the NYC Jewish community facing serious, life threatening, or terminal illness and loss.

Friends In Deed: Crisis support for critical illness, caregiving, or grief (594 Broadway, Suite 706; New York, NY 10012) Tel- 212-925-2009 or email friends@friendsindeed.com. Support groups: General as well as these with specific focus: HIV, Cancer, Caregiving, Grief & Bereavement, and Long-Term HIV Survivors.

General

JASA: https://www.jasa.org/, Jewish Association Serving the Aging, 212-273-JASA (5272), provide help with Meals and Nutrition, Home Care, Housing, Enrichment and Events, Advocacy, Legal and Financial Issues.

DOROT: http://www.dorotusa.org/, 212-769-2850. Services include: Inter-generational visitor matching, Holiday Package Deliveries, Emergency Meals and Shabbat Meals, Help shopping and escorting to appointments, Homelessness Prevention Program, Education.

Project CART: (212) 956-0855, provides free transportation for the elderly in Manhattan. Funded by the New York City Department for the Aging.

For more information about resources specifically for Seniors, please visit www.krueger.nysenate.gov.

Community Services

SHARE – sharecancersupport.org, for women with breast or ovarian cancer – education, support, advocacy: 212-719-0364

JCC Manhattan support groups: for Parents of children/teens/adults with developmental delays and learning disabilities, breastfeeding, divorce, Parkinsons, adoption, new parents. www.jccmanhattan.org, 646-505-4444.

NAMI – national alliance on mental illness: http://www.nami.org/, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) – info about mental illness, support groups, peer support, advocacy. New York Branch: http://www.naminys.org/

The Jewish Board “One Call” – ONE CALL (1-844-663-2255 or 212-584-8495) offers potential clients a toll-free, quick, efficient way to learn about the Jewish Board’s services and schedule appointments for individual, group, family, or couples therapy and psychiatric services. We offer evidence-based therapies for most mental health and behavioral issues.

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS): http://www.jbfcs.org/JACS, 212-632-4600.

Support programs for Single-Parents and the Recently Divorced: www.jcprograms.org/single.html, 212-632-4732: professionally-facilitated divorce support groups; consultation and referral for counseling, psychotherapy, community resources, spiritual partners, synagogue referrals; workshops on topics of interest such a children and divorce, financial planning, feeling comfortable in court, dating, life planning after divorce, meditation, adult children of divorced parents, and grandparent consultation.

The Shira Ruskay Center: New York City Regional Care Center: www.bjfcs.org/shiraruskaycenter, 212-632-4608: Provides social work and rabbinic spiritual counseling to the NYC Jewish community facing serious, life threatening, or terminal illness and loss.

Sharsheret – www.sharsheret.org or 866-474-2774: Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. They offer support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, heath professionals, and related resources.