Support Groups

JFCS/East Bay has ongoing support groups on a wide variety of topics designed to address your needs and interests. In addition, we offer periodic workshop series, as well as individual workshops that can be presented at your workplace, your child's school, or our offices. Please click here to request more information about current groups or to inquire about possible future groups such as an Older Men's Support Group or Local Caregiver Support Group.

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Bereavement Support Group

Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
JFCS/East Bay Berkeley office

Contact: Helene Linker
(510) 704-7480, ext. 745

For relatives and friends who have suffered the loss of a loved one. This group offers heartfelt support and guidance for feelings of loneliness, loss and isolation, coping with anger and other unexpected emotions, learning how to live with the grief process, and how to move forward with your life. We also cover contending with changing family dynamics, reestablishing connections with your community, facing changes to your financial status, as well as dealing with estate and other financial decisions. Registration required.

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Café Europa

Group leader: Rita Clancy
(510) 704-7480, ext. 257
Please call for updated dates, times, and locations.

Café Europa is a special gathering for Holocaust survivors, their adult family members, and friends. This unique program features social activities, speakers, musical programs, and refreshments. (Funded in part by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.)

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Chaverim

Group leader: Ronnie Rephan
(925) 927-2000, ext. 627

A social and educational group for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities. Please call for fee, schedule, and location details.

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Long-Distance Family Caregiver Support Group

First and third Wednesdays of the month
5:00 to 6:30 pm
JFCS/East Bay Berkeley office
Contact: (510) 558-7800, ext. 314

Fee: $25 per session (sliding scale available)

Are you an adult caring for your older parents who live out of state? Come join others who are struggling with the same everyday difficulties and unique problems. This group addresses issues such as: choosing in-home caregivers; housing placement; family conflict; dementia and depression; age disabilities; serious medical problems; and more. Registration required.

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Mental Illness Family Support Group

Fourth Monday of the month
7 to 8:30 pm
Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette
Contact: Karen Cohen (925) 945-7272 or karen@openourhearts.net

Fee: no charge

P'tach Libeynu, a mental health project of the Jewish community in Contra Costa County, offers a monthly social sharing and support group for family members of adults with mental illness. All faiths are welcome. Please RSVP if possible.

Drive across the upper parking lot, past the day school, and down the hill to the Beit Knesset on the right. Go to the second floor, turn left, and go to room E201.

P'tach Libeynu is sponsored by Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Congregation Beth Chaim, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Temple Isaiah and Women of Isaiah, Contra Costa JCC, Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and the Union of Reform Judaism's Department of Jewish Family Concerns.

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Single Parents of Teens 

Day to be determined, 6:30 to 8 pm
JFCS/East Bay Berkeley office
Group leader: Rikki Sudikoff, LCSW
(510) 704-7480, ext. 761

Fee: $35 per session

If you are feeling shut out by your teen, struggling to make decisions alone or feeling increasing burdens of responsibility, come join other single parents of teens for a ten-session support group moderated by psychotherapist Rikki Sudikoff, LCSW. Ten-week group. Registration required.

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