Who We Are

As the human services arm of the Jewish community, SJFS is dedicated to holistic, preventive, wellness-oriented integration of social and human services offered without regard to race or creed to all residents of Central New York. Syracuse Jewish Family Service helps individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities maximize their self determination, realize their potential and live with dignity. SJFS is guided by the Jewish values of community, family, respect, and autonomy, and promotes these values through programs that preserve and strengthen individual and family well-being.

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What We Do

If it has to do with aging, we do it — or we'll help get you to whoever does!

SJFS is the area's go-to agency for broad expertise on issues of aging, which we define as "a developmental process starting at birth." Thus our team of caring professionals serves children, adults, older adults, families, groups, other professionals, and the community at large with our services, coordination of care, and education and training.

Our clinical and case management team, backed up by the longterm and home-based nursing and housing capacities of Menorah Park, provides holistic, integrated human services featuring counseling and mental health services, care management, brain health programming, advocacy, volunteering, outreach, and educational programming for the Jewish and general public, aging services and health care professionals.

SJFS also offers clinical internships, research, and field work opportunities through accredited local programs.

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What's New

Sign up Now for These May Classes!

Poetry as a Pathway to Spirituality in Later Life

Enjoy readings, writings, sharings and discussions with local poet and poetry teacher Gloria Heffernan. Weds 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, from 9-11am; $15/series

Zen and the Art of Caregiving

Join SJFS Educator Peggy Miller, LMSW, to get introduced to an ancient wisdom in a new context …  Practice self-compassion and mindfulness through humor, storytelling and simple exercises ... Reach for a calmer and more joyful caregiving experience. Thurs 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, and 5/24, from 6-7:30pm, $15/series

Advance Care Planning

With Nancy Aureli, BS, RN. Tues 5/8, 5/22; 10-11:30am; $10/series

Gift of Grace Conversation Game

With Nancy Aureli, BS, RN. Tues 5/15, 10-11:30am; $5

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