Support Groups

JCFS Chicago offers a full calendar of events, trainings, lectures and presentations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, and other programs each month.

Many of our support groups, workshops, trainings, and events have moved to an online format. Check out our calendar for details.

For more information, please contact the individual whose name is listed with an event on our calendar, or call 855.275.5237 (855.ASK.JCFS).

Date Event Location Contact
Support Groups

4:30-5:30pm

Support Groups

Virtual Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive, and recreational setting. They discuss their common joys and concerns, learn to handle sibling-specific “sticky situations” and have fun! For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome. Contact us for more information.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Tammy Besser, LCSW
773.765.3159
Support Groups

7-8:30pm

Support Groups

Is your teen LGBTQ+, non-binary, fluid, transgender? Join JCFS Response for Teens for an evening of conversation and support. Led by Response Clinical Supervisor, Jeff Pyritz, LCSW, along with Lillian Gecker, A.M. (June 2) and Catherine Kliegle, LCSW (June 18), this evening will bring together Jewish parents and care-givers to talk, listen, and learn about supporting your young person, and being kind to yourself.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Support Groups

9:30-10:30am

Support Groups

This group, lead by certified perinatal mental health clinicians, will focus on education and support around infant and maternal mental health and stress management.

Contact Pauline Gubbins via email or at 847.412.4381 for more information.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Pauline Gubbins
Support Groups

6-30-8pm

Support Groups

This monthly drop-in grief support group for adults meets on the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm and is co-sponsored by Anshe Emet Synagogue, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel, Emanuel Congregation, Mishkan Chicago and Temple Sholom of Chicago.

For more information and to receive the Zoom link, please contact Marsha Raynes, LCSW.

 

Support Groups
Support Groups
Marsha Raynes
847.745.5408
Support Groups

4:30-5:30pm

Support Groups

A comfortable and safe place for adults who feel alone or isolated to meet and talk with others experiencing similar feelings. We will facilitate mutual support through encouragement, hopefulness, and companionship.

For more information contact Lynn Shyman.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Lynn Shyman
Support Groups

7-8:30pm

Support Groups

This monthly drop-in grief support group for adults meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm and is sponsored by Temple Beth-El.  For more information and to receive the Zoom link, please contact Marsha Raynes, LCSW.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Marsha Raynes
847.745.5408
Support Groups

1-2:15pm

Support Groups

Join other adults to learn tips and tools for finding enjoyment and minimizing the challenges while living with chronic physical illness. Topics may include communicating with healthcare providers, relationships with family and friends, spiritual resources for healing, and living well in times of uncertainty and hardship. The group facilitator will encourage the process of sharing by providing a space for everyone to explore and learn from members of the group.

This group meets every Wednesday from 1 – 2:15pm

Support Groups
Support Groups
David Lipschutz
847.392.8970
Support Groups

4:30-5:30pm

Support Groups

Virtual Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive, and recreational setting. They discuss their common joys and concerns, learn to handle sibling-specific “sticky situations” and have fun! For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome. Contact us for more information.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Tammy Besser, LCSW
773.765.3159
Support Groups

7-8:30pm

Support Groups

A free monthly drop-in group for adults in the Jewish community and beyond who are navigating the world after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this group will be held on Zoom.  Please contact TraceyKite@jcfs.org for the Zoom link and to ensure your ability to access the event.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Tracey Kite
847.745.5411
Support Groups

9:30-10:30am

Support Groups

This group, lead by certified perinatal mental health clinicians, will focus on education and support around infant and maternal mental health and stress management.

Contact Pauline Gubbins via email or at 847.412.4381 for more information.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Pauline Gubbins