JFS Counseling, Support & Discussion Groups 


Shalom Austin 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

Here & Now: Mindfulness for Kids
Here and Now is a weekly mindfulness practice for children, preschool-age through Elementary School. Mindfulness exercises help children learn to self-regulate emotions, focus on the present moment, and strengthen self-control. This practice offers a chance for children to strengthen those skills from home! Lee, a therapist with Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service, invites you and your grown-up to join in each Wednesday at 4:00 pm for 5 minutes. New mindfulness exercises will be led each week. If you are interested in learning more, email Lee at lee.rogers@shalomaustin.org. Watch past videos and live videos at facebook.com/JewishAustin/live/.​

Every Wednesday I 4:00-4:15 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 lee.rogers@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 lee.rogers@shalomaustin.org.

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

Fall & Winter Mental Health Webinars

Breaking Out of Isolation: Living Alone During COVID
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6PM
In this webinar, we will provide a time to increase your understanding of the impact of social isolation on your health and wellbeing. The focus will be learning about how to cope with this and find new ways to connect with yourself and others.
Free to attend 
Register for the Zoom link: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VpcxPwFFRJmZil8r7jVt_Q 

Redifining Normal in the Time of COVID-19 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6PM 
In this webinar, we will examine how COVID-19 continues to shape our mental health. We'll discuss how to increase flexibility around change and learn skills to build resiliency.
Free to attend 
Register for the Zoom link: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cSUmHsR9ToKp8iPzAFEY4g

Paused until 2021: 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 lee.rogers@shalomaustin.org. Watch past videos and live videos at facebook.com/JewishAustin/live/.​ Free of Charge I Online