Our Mission

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 (SJFS) is a not for profit human service agency that is dedicated to helping individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities of Central New York maximize their self-determination, realize their potential and live with dignity. Since its incorporation in 1939, SJFS has been guided by the Jewish values of family, community, diversity, respect and autonomy. The agency promotes these values by identifying community needs, establishing priorities and implementing programs that seek to preserve and strengthen individual and family well-being.

With emphasis on issues relating to aging, SJFS provides human services on site and in community-based locations which include counseling and psychotherapy, CNY PEARLS, Kosher Meals on Wheels, advocacy, psychosocial education, geriatric care management,financial case management and assistance with personal finances, transportation and errand services, volunteer coordination, the BeWell Initiative: Behavioral and Emotional Wellness Empowers Later Life, and the Tachlis of Inclusion and other exceptional needs programming. SJFS is supported by the United Way, the Jewish Federation of CNY, the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth, and many others.

Dedicated to preparing the workforce of compassionate, knowledgeable professionals of the future, SJFS also offers clinical internships and research and field work opportunities through accredited local programs.


CNY PEARLS now also in Oswego County

CNY PEARLS, the Program for Encouraging Active Rewarding LiveS screens and assists adults over 60 with symptoms of depression, empowering them to take action steps and make lasting life changes.

Have you been feeling down or blue or know someone who is?

Thanks to support from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Syracuse Jewish Family Service now offers this no cost, evidence-based in-home counseling program for individuals in Oswego County who qualify.

Call David Donaghy, 446-9111 x.227, for screening and enrollment information.

M-Power U Now Enrolling for a Second Session

M-Power U: A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss, is enrolling participants for a second weekly session starting this summer, Thursdays from 1 pm to 5 pm at Menorah Park.

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