Jewish Family Service (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. JFS offices are located at 11940 Jollyville Road, Suite 110 South, Austin. Contact JFS at (512) 250-1043 and by e-mail at jfs@shalomaustin.org.

Coping Better with Stress

Stress is unavoidable and it's up to us to react in ways that don't end up making a bad situation worse. This personal development workshop will offer creative, scientifically-tested skills for coping through tough times. Don't let life take you by surprise - learn some new ways to cope with those inevitable speed bumps!  For more information, contact Emma Howitt at 512-250-1043 or emma.howitt@shalomaustin.org. Meets in AJA Library,Room 226.  

W I 7-8:30 PM I 9/28 I 1x I $10m/$10nm

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 and to register, contact Carlye Levine caryle.levine@shalomaustin.org at (512)-250-1043. Meets in Jewish Federation Shared Space.

Th I 7:30-9 PM I Every 3rd Thursday I Free

Improving Relationships

Relationships of all kinds can be challenging to navigate and sometimes we feel lost.  Attend this educational workshop to learn how to avoid common relationship pitfalls and develop positive communication skills. We will teach you about different interpersonal styles, maintaining healthy boundaries and effective ways to nurture your relationships. For more information, contact Emma Howitt at 512-250-1043 or emma.howitt@shalomaustin.org. Meets in AJA Library, Room 226.

W I 7-8:30 PM I 9/14 I 1x I $10m/$10nm

Maintaining Emotional Well Being 

Are you hard on yourself or others? Do you tend to overthink things? This educational development workshop offers the skills to strengthen emotional balance and peace-of-mind. Topics will include increasing self-acceptance, practicing flexible thinking, emotional problem-solving and developing self-care habits. For more information, contact Emma Howitt at 512-250-1043 or emma.howitt@shalomaustin.org. Meets in AJA Library, room 226.  

W I 7-8:30 PM I 9/21 I 1x I $10m/$10nm

Mindfulness for Daily Living 

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 AJA Library, Room 226.  

W I 7-8:30 PM I 9/7 I 1x I $10m/$10nm

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 Mary Axelrud at 512-250-1043 or mary.axelrud@shalomaustin.org . Meets in Room 150D.

F | 2-3:30 PM | Ongoing l Free