JFS Counseling, Support & Discussion Groups 


Jewish Family Service is the professional social service and mental health division of the Jewish Community Association of Austin and a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Annual Campaign. JFS provides a wide array of mental health and support services to the Jewish community and to the wider Austin community, including counseling and psychotherapy, support groups, case management, emergency financial assistance, and community consultation and education programs. JFS also provides consultation related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in services and programs in the Austin Jewish community. Contact JFS at (512) 250-1043 and by e-mail at jfs@shalomaustin.org.

Aging Gracefully in Austin Event  

Sunday, October 15, 2017, JCC

Baby Blues or Something More?                                           Adults

As hormones fluctuate after giving birth, women are told that tearfulness, agitation, sadness or any other weird feeling is just part of recovery. But could it be something more? It’s estimated that 900,000 women suffer from Postpartum Depression each year in the United States, yet only 15% ever receive professional treatment. Why don’t we seek help? There can be a variety of reasons: Some women may feel there’s no time in their schedule during this very busy period, others may not recognize the need or know where to turn, and some may feel concerned about potential stigma of openly sharing about this issue.

Join Jewish Family Service in a conversation about Postpartum Depression and what we can do as a community to support our fellow parents.  For more information, contact Carlye Levine, LCSW, C-ASWCM at 512-250-1043 or carlye.levine@shalomaustin.org. Meets in AJA Library.

T I 7-8 PM I 9/12-11/14 I 3 I Free of Charge

Baby Boomers 101

By the year 2030, one -fifth of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65. The Baby Boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, are currently one of the largest groups in our country.  With so much to think about as you near retirement age, are you prepared for what lies ahead? This helpful seminar is geared towards all Baby Boomers. With topics ranging from health insurance and social security to housing options and end of life planning, we will cover it all. Please join Jewish Family Service as we tackle these hard topics and provide education, reassurance and resources for assistance. For more information, contact Carlye Levine carlye.levine@shalomaustin.org at (512)-250-1043. 

KAVOD: A Support Group for Jewish Adults Caring for Elderly Parents

This professionally facilitated support group focuses on empathy, coping, and problem-solving, while sharing the joys and challenges of caring for aging parents. For more information, contact Carlye Levine at (512)-250-1043 or carlye.levine@shalomaustin.org

3rd Thursday of every month I 10 - 11 AM I Ongoing | Free of Charge .  Room 147

3rd Thursday of Every Month I 7:30-9 PM l Ongoing l Free of Charge .    Shalom Austin Admin Bldg. Conference Room

Living With Loss

Grieving the loss of a loved one can leave you feeling very alone.  Please join Jewish Family Service as we come together to learn more about the grief process, new tools for coping as well as how bereavement and loss are viewed through Jewish traditions.  Please contact group leader before attending. For more information, contact Carlye Levine at 512-250-1043 or carlye.levine@shalomaustin.org. Meets iat B'nai Abraham

M I 10-11 AM I 9/11-11/20 I 6x I Free of Charge   

Mood & Mindfulness 

Do you feel distracted? Hurried? Preoccupied? This personal development workshop will teach mindfulness techniques that can help participants to be more present and aware in daily life. Mindfulness has the power to improve relationships, increase self-control, boost productivity and can lessen depression and anxiety.  For more information, contact Emma Howitt at 512-250-1043 or emma.howitt@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Room 147.  

Every other Tuesday I 2:30-3:30 PM I 5/23/17-6/1/2018 I Ongoing I Free of Charge

Wellness with a Disability Support 

Approximately one in five Americans has a disability. This group provides a safe and supportive place for Jewish adults with disabilities to discuss issues of mutual concern, learn from one another and celebrate community. Discussion topics are determined by the group and may include: dealing with the healthcare systems, accessing resources, connecting with the Jewish community and self-care. Enrollment in this group requires a pre-screening with the facilitator. For more information, contact carlye.levine@shalomaustin.org at (512)250-1043. Meets in Room 147.

F I 1:00-2:30 PM I Ongoing I Free of Charge