JFS Offers Virtual Therapy

The JFS Mental Health Clinic is accepting new clients for virtual therapy. All of our clinicians are equipped for and trained in providing therapy via video or telephone, and ready to help!  Whether you are seeking an anxiety or bereavement support group, individual counseling to help you with uncertainty or a life change related to the pandemic, or counseling for a child or family member, we are happy to talk to assess your needs and point you in the right direction. Contact Hannah Leiterman, LCSW at 203-389-5599, ext. 114 or

September Unemployment Workshop Series

Join Rachel Scolnic, LMSW and Hannah Leiterman, LCSW from Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven for a workshop series on unemployment, job searches and other timely topics.

The classes are free and open to the general public and will be conducted via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Structuring Your Job Search and Creating a Routine for Unemployment

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 .pm.: Mindfulness and Self Care in Unemployment

We will add additional topics and workshops with guest speakers from across Connecticut.  Follow us on Facebook and visit our website calendar for additional dates and topics. 

You must pre-register by noon on the day before the workshop by  emailing Rachel  A Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop start time.  For targeted assistance please include your resume when registering.

Spring Celebration – Dear JFS Community

Dear JFS Community,

Jewish Family Service is very fortunate to have the privilege of honoring these extraordinary individuals, Debra & Richard Epstein and Betsy Flaherty. We wish them a warm Mazel Tov for the many years of dedication, leadership and most importantly their lasting impact they continue to have on the JFS community.

In light of the continuing uncertainty from socializing in large gatherings, we regret we have to cancel our JFS event on September 1, 2020. We continue to honor them in our hearts as we move forward to preserve safety for everyone.

We appreciate your positive spirit and patience as we try to navigate our way through this process. All of your good wishes matter so much to our honorees and to all of us at JFS.

JFS will present Debra, Richard and Betsy with a Spring Celebration Program, which includes everyone who donated to JFS in their honor, along with a beautiful Judaica gift for each of them. 

We hope that if you’ve already purchased tickets, you will permit us to retain your funds as a donation in their honor to support the critical services we provide.  However, if you’ve already purchased tickets and would like to be reimbursed or if you have any questions, please email me or call me.

If you haven’t donated in their honor but still wish to do so, we would be very grateful. You may click on the Spring Celebration 2020 link here. Please donate by July 24, 2020 to have your name included in the program.

We thank our honorees for their numerous years of service which have enabled JFS to serve those in need.  It is our hope that the JFS community can toast a L’Chaim to them in person in 2021 when we can all be together.  Thank you so much for your support and generosity.



Ilene Rosalimsky Bronen
Chair, JFS Spring Celebration
Co-President, Board of Directors

Help Shape the Future of the Jewish Community

What changes do you want to see in our community? What services and programs should our Jewish community provide? Make your voice heard. Regardless of how you identify Jewishly, no matter your level of observance (or non-observance), please take the Jewish Federation survey. Your feedback will help all our entire community – synagogues, schools, and agencies – work together to build a more dynamic and relevant Jewish New Haven for you!

Take the survey at

Job Seekers Workshop & Support Group

Have you been furloughed or lost your job due to COVID-19? Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start a job search? Are anxiety or depression making it difficult to take the first step? 

Join Rachel Scolnic, LMSW and Hannah Leiterman, LCSW for a free Job Seekers Workshop and Support Group, at Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven. We will meet on Zoom on Tuesday, June 23 and July 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You’ll receive guidance on job search strategies during the pandemic, and help coping with the emotional toll a job loss takes. Hear from others experiencing similar obstacles, and share ideas and leads. We will provide individualized assistance as needed for participants, including resume assistance and mental health counseling.  To register for these workshops, please contact If you have a resume you would like to use during this workshop, please forward that as well. Once registered, you’ll receive a Zoom invitation. 

Prayer, Protest and Peace March

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” JFS stands with the community against racial inequality and we share this important event.   

Our Jewish Federation is proud to co-sponsor the Prayer, Protest and Peace March 

Beginning at Varick Memorial Church’s parking lot with 3 minute speeches by an array of community leaders, the march will progress down Dixwell Avenue to the New Haven Green led by the Flaming Knights Motorcycle Club, several hearses and caskets on gurneys.  Upon arrival at the Green, 7 faith leaders will offer prayers.

Social Justice Collaborative Presents:
Prayer, Protest, and Peace March
Pastor Kelcy G.L. Steele, Social Leader/Organizer

June 14 at  Noon Beginning at the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church
242 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven CT 06511

Community speakers followed by a march to the New Haven Green with Multi-faith Prayer

Varick Memorial AME Zion Church
Ice the Beef
Conn CAT
Howard K. Hill Funeral Home
Greater New Haven Clergy Association
Beulah Heights First Pentecostal
Marantha COGIC
Episcopal Clergy
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
Bethel A.M.E. Church
Flaming Knights Motorcycle Club
Council Funeral Home
McClam Funeral Home

The Great Give May 5-6

Starting at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, May 5, you can join this community giving event and show your support of JFS through The Great Give 2020 website. You will have 36 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 6. Of course, if you would like to make a donation before the two-day event, the giving link is already open to help support organizations during this pandemic. As always, JFS appreciates your support and more so during these uncertain times.

Parent Education Postponed

All Parent Ed classes are currently being postponed as mandated by the state. We will contact you as soon as we can safely reschedule the classes. In the meantime, please email or call Rachel Scolnic Dobin at or 203-389-5599, ext 109 with any parenting plan or co-parenting concerns you may have while navigating this very difficult time.