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

Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens

Presents "Quartet" directed by Dustin Hoffman, starring Maggie Smith

Sunday, June 24, 3:00 to 5:30 pm

Join us to view and discuss, with Judith Huober, films that offer some thoughts, a bit of wisdom, and a gentle critique on the usual portrayals of aging.


In 2017, Syracuse Jewish Family Service invited WRVO Public Media to help celebrate our 125th Anniversary by recording the stories and significant lifetime experiences of Central New Yorkers. The resulting project is StorySharingCNY, a collection of discussions between family and friends offered in their own words. Each weekday afternoon at 5:44 pm, starting Memorial Day, May 28th through early July, WRVO-FM will broadcast these stories. More info here.

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