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

Oct. 31: An Arts & Minds Symposium

"A Reason to Get Up in the Morning: Creative Self Expression and Well being in Later Life"

Experience, understand, and learn to harness creative and expressive strategies that promote wellbeing in later life. Older adults, family care givers, and aging services and healthcare professionals alike are invited to attend this one-day event, inspiring us to reach for what it means to be alive and human at any age. More info here.

Mind AerobicsTM

Come learn about our new suite of cognitive programs

Speaker Patti Celori Said, Executive Director of the New England Cognitive Center, will provide an overview of the development and 15-year research history of the Mind AerobicsTM program along with information about who the program is designed for and what its activities are like. SJFS staff will describe the opportunities for CNY older adults to participate in this groundbreaking research-based cognitive program on August 27, 2018. More info here.

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