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.

Click to view summaries and times:

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.

back to top

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.)

back to top

Caregiver Support Group

First and third Thursdays starting April 2, 2015, 5:30 to 7:00pm
JFCS/East Bay Berkeley office
Fee: $25 per meeting, slide scale
Drop-ins welcome

Group leader: Nancy Rothschild, LMFT
Contact: Rita Clancy, LCSW
(510) 558-7800, ext. 257

Providing care for an elderly friend or family member can be an engrossing and stressful experience. In this twice monthly group, we'll have the opportunity to get to know and support each other while learning how to care for yourself while caring for another; how to manage stress and anxiety; how to establish realistic goals and expectations; and where to turn in the community for help. The group will be facilitated by Nancy Rothschild, LMFT, the former coordinator for the City of Fremont's Family Caregiver Support Program.


Group leader: Mary Ferrick
(925) 927-2000, ext. 624

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

back to top

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.

back to top

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

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.

back to top

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.

back to top