Support Groups

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Reaching out to our clients, their families and our community, The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC Social Work Department offers support groups and counseling to individuals in the community. These support groups serve to facilitate the adjustment in a change of lifestyle, provide information, and enable individuals to share experiences and feelings in a supportive environment. We invite you to come and join our support outreach programs listed below.

Cathy P. Byrne, MS, RNAssociate Executive Director for Adults, Older Adults and Special Needs
Mary Sheffield, Program Director
Lisa Barnett, LCSW-R, Director, Social Work and Community Support Services
Judy Goldberg, LCSW
Jackie Kaminer, LMSW
Alisa Katz, LMSW
Social Work and Community Support Services

Safety Net – Entitlements Program

Are you in need of free guidance regarding entitlements such as Social Security, widow benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, health insurance, etc. Or are you in need of emotional support and advocacy regarding caregiver concerns, parenting concerns, resources for children with special needs, etc.

If you have a concern and don’t know where to turn for help, contact Lisa Barnett, LCSW-R, Project Entitlements at 516-569-6733.

Entitlements Program is made possible by the Safety Net Initiative of UJA-Federation.

Widow and Widowers Support Group

The objective of this six week group is to provide support for the recently bereaved in a caring and warm atmosphere. There will be the opportunity to work through grief, examine feelings and discover inner strengths. New group sessions begin throughout the year.

Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $40 for six week group.
For more information call Judy Goldberg, LCSW at 516-569-6733.


Licensed, clinical social workers are available for individual counseling and home visits. Medicare and select private insurance programs are accepted. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

To schedule an appointment, please call Lisa Barnett, LCSW-R for details at 516-569-6733.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

We are excited to be forming a weekly support and socialization group for persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), In a warm and unique setting, we will promote fitness, enjoy programs and form friendships as we learn, share and grow together. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining our group please contact Cathy Byrne, MS, RN at 516-569-6733.

Mondays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Starting Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC
207 Grove Ave., Cedarhurst
Fee: $5.00

Comfort Zone – LGBT Aging Support Group

A monthly support group will take place for LGBT older adults offering a safe and confidential environment to share support and learn from each other. LGBT people face a number of particular challenges as they age. This support group will help alleviate frustration and fear and provide support designed to affirm their lives and encourage empowerment. Issues of health care, advocacy, housing, and resources will be discussed. Call Cathy Byrne at 516-569-6733 ext 220 for information.

Second Generation Holocaust Group

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC is hosting a Second Generation Holocaust Group for children of survivors to discuss the legacy left to us and address issues affecting our lives today. For further information, call Judy Goldberg, LCSW at 516-569-6733.

Alzheimer’s Day Center

The JCC is pleased to institute a weekly day program for adults with Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders.

If you or your loved one would benefit from a protective, nurturing center that includes door-to-door transportation, education, kosher lunch and therapeutic services, please call Cathy Byrne, MS, RN, at 516-569-6733.

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group (T.B.I.)

This program provides ongoing socialization, emotional support and friendship opportunities. In addition, support, respite and resources are offered to family members. Exercise, counseling, lunch and guest speakers are all incorporated into the weekly program. Our TBI Program also offers cognitive rehab and group psychotherapy on Mondays at the JCC.

For information contact Lisa Barnett, LCSWR at (516)569-6733.

Mondays – 10:00am-1:00pm
Fridays – 10:00am-12:00pm

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC
207 Grove Ave., Cedarhurst

Fee: $10.00

Caregivers Support Group

Are you caring for an elderly loved one? You may find yourself trying to meet the demands of work, family and caregiving, all at the same time; meeting everyone else’s needs but your own. The stress, anxiety and sense of being the only one carrying the burden may be overwhelming. Do yourself a favor. Do your loved one a favor. Join our caregiver’s support group at the JCC. Explore your options. Obtain practical information and referrals. Share your experiences with others. Talk a little, share a little, grow a lot.

Meets the first Tuesday of the month

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC
207 Grove Ave., Cedarhurst

For further information call Judy Goldberg, LCSW at 516-569-6733.