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Sickness, Transitions, & Healing

Sickness, Transitions, & Healing

Pastoral Care

Central Clergy are available to support members and their families in times of illness, abuse, addiction, divorce, loss, personal and professional transition, and other times of difficulty. Please reach out to our Clergy Office.

Our Social Worker

Central Synagogue has a licensed social worker, Jackie Pykon, to help members and their families. Jackie has assisted members with elder care, applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other services, and  a wide range of other needs and questions.

Caregivers Support Group

When a loved one is suffering with an illness or issues related to aging, family members often need to step-in and provide caregiving support. This is an act of love. However, the responsibilities and stressors of caregiving often take a toll on the caregiver.

Central Synagogue’s Caregiving Support Group will offer caregiving members the opportunity to have a safe space to share their experiences and give each other support through the challenging journey. The group will meet for one hour, once a month at a to-be-determined time.

If you are interested in learning more about the group, please email or call Jackie Pykon ([email protected] and (212) 838-5122 x 5091).

What Matters: Caring Conversations About the End of Life

The What Matters Program offers Central members the opportunity to have confidential conversations about end-of-life planning with trained facilitators. Even for those who already have a health-care proxy, these conversations can help individuals and families explore this difficult and often avoided subject in the context of Jewish values and wisdom. For more information, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (212) 838-5122 x1009.