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
Dalia Abott, LMSW, RD
Tamar Fass, MSW
Judy Goldberg, LMSW
Jackie Kaminer, BA
Alisa Katz, LMSW
Jamie Okin, BS
Talia Sclair, BSW
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.

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.

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

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.

Mental Health Support Group

Pre-Shabbat Friendship and Mental Health Program

If you have a mental health condition, you are not alone. 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental health challenge. The Gural JCC is pleased to offer a new weekly support group to help you share your experiences, challenges and ways in which you cope in a safe and confidential setting. Our goal is to provide a haimish atmosphere where you can foster friendships, socialize, gain peer support and spiritual healing.

Fridays – 10:00am-12:00pm
The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC
207 Grove Avenue, Cedarhurst

Parkinson’s Support Group

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC, in cooperation with the Parkinson’s Support Group Foundation of Long Island, Inc., provides a weekly year-round Tuesday Activity Center at the JCC from 11:00am- 2:00pm. The purpose of this group is to bring together Parkinsonians, spouses, and their families, in order to help them better understand the nature of the condition, gain confidence, courage and optimism, learn about proper exercise and “come out” and join in community activities. The scope of activities includes physical exercise, speech, handwriting, relaxation, socialization, discussions, entertainment and rap sessions to discuss common problems. For further information, call Cathy at the JCC at 516-569-6733.

Tuesdays, Ongoing – 11:00am-2:00pm
The Marion & Arron Gural JCC
207 Grove Avenue, Cedarhurst
Fee: $7