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

Arts & Minds Community Now Open!

Arts and Minds Café FREE to all through September!

Enrollment is ongoing

M-Power U: A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss, our new Arts & Minds Community now takes place from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at Menorah Park. Call Ellen Somers at x225 to enroll or for more information.

This one-of-a-kind  4-hour weekly program harnesses the power of the arts and emphasizes creative self expression, skill building, memory enhancement and more. (Pre-screening required)

Members of the community who have concerns about early memory loss (both individuals and care partners) may join in for the Arts and Minds Café in the session's final hour, from 2:30 to 3:30pm, in the Bistro at Menorah Park. The Café features refreshments, a social time, and an expressive arts activity. (No pre-screening or pre-enrollment required)

Introductory Special through September:

The Café is free, thanks to the Pomeranz, Shankman & Martin Trusts! Drop in and find out what it's all about!

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