Central Synagogue provides pastoral counseling in small, confidential group settings for members of the community who are struggling with a loved one’s illness or death of a spouse. For information about when and where these groups meet, contact Rabbi Lori Koffman.
September through June: once a month on Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 pm, once a month on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Each of us mourns the death of a loved one differently. While some people cope with grief by themselves or with a therapist, others may find comfort in sharing the pain, anger, depression or other emotions they feel in a facilitated group setting.
For those who have suffered the loss of a spouse or partner, we offer a monthly spousal bereavement group once a month on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm, September through June.
For those who have suffered the loss of a child at any age, we offer a monthly parent bereavement group once a month on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:00 pm, September through June.
Are you a member who is unable to leave your home? Do you know a member of the congregation like this? We have a corps of volunteers who would like to pay a visit. To request a visit, contact Jackie Pykon, LCSW. Please note that we do not currently have a need for volunteer visitors.
If you know of someone who is struggling with domestic or family violence, Central Synagogue recommends they contact the Jewish Board for assistance. Click here to learn more.
If you are a member who is experiencing an after-hours life-cycle emergency, please leave a message at (347) 334-1043. This phone is monitored 24/7 and is for life-cycle emergencies for members only.