JFS Counseling, Support & Discussion Groups 


Jewish Family Service is the professional human service and mental health branch of Shalom Austin and a beneficiary of the Shalom 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, emergency financial assistance, and community consultation and education programs. Contact JFS at (512) 250-1043 and by e-mail at jfs@shalomaustin.org

The High Holidays

The High Holidays this year are going to look very different. As we prepare to celebrate, let us also make sure that we are taking care of our mental health during these strange times.​ Find helpful resources here: A Guide to Improve Mental Health in the New Year​.


Mood & Mindfulness

Do you feel distracted? Hurried? Preoccupied? Join us every Monday at noon for a Facebook Live video to learn more about stress management. Practicing mindfulness early in the week is a great way to hold onto peace and relaxation from the weekend and get yourself calmly focused on the week ahead. If you are interested in learning more, email Lee at c.lee@shalomaustin.org. Watch past videos and live videos at facebook.com/JewishAustin/live/.​

Every Monday I 12:00-12:15 PM I Ongoing I Free of Charge I Online 

Wellness with a Disability

Approximately one in five Americans has a disability. This group provides a safe, confidential, and supportive space for adult members of the Austin Jewish community who have a disability: mental, physical, emotional, or other. The group members discuss issues related to their own disabilities and broader disability concerns, and to offer support and ways to cope with aspects of life.​ ​While group is a place to find community, it is also a place to develop deeper connections with others, accept and receive support, increase interpersonal communication skills, build self-awareness, and increase sense of self.​ ​If you are interested in learning more, email Lee at c.lee@shalomaustin.org

Every Friday I Ongoing I Free of Charge I Online 

Teacher Support

Coming soon: A support group for teachers in the Austin and surrounding areas with a focus on Jewish values and practices. Being a teacher in these uncertain times is increasingly difficult and our hope is to provide therapeutic support. This group will be a confidential space to share feelings, ideas, coping strategies, and support one another. One of the powerful things about being in a group is also the reminder that you are not alone in your feelings and experiences. Seeing and hearing one another can have a meaningful impact. If you are interested in learning more, email Lee at c.lee@shalomaustin.org

Date and time TBD I Ongoing I Free of Charge I Online