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JFS Care
Professional, Compassionate and Reliable In-Home Care

We are committed to providing our Los Angeles community with highly personalized senior care services that meet each individual’s needs, lifestyle, and preferences.
3580 Wilshire Blvd #1640 | Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 383-2273

The VBS Counseling Center offers group sessions and counseling for individuals, couples and families for a variety of needs including depression, anxiety and more. We encourage you to learn more about these services:

  • Widow/Widower Support Group
  • Newly Divorced and Separating Group
  • Caregivers Support Group
  • Marriage Enhancement Course
  • And more

Located on the lower level at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. Sliding scale fee. For more information, call (818) 784-1414 or visit

Jewish Healing and Hospice Center of Los Angeles
Our mission is to provide compassionate care for those individuals affected by serious illness and other life crisis through multi-faceted approach to healing, based on the wisdom of the Jewish tradition. We serve the entire community regardless of affiliation.

When to Call:

  • For hospice services
  • For patients and patient families transitioning onto hospice
  • For spiritual support for long-term illness
  • For Spiritual Counseling/Direction for individuals, couples and families
  • Bereavement counseling
  • For family crises and care-giver support
  • Introduction to Jewish Meditation

For more information/ appointments please call: (310) 277-1550
Visit our website:
E-mail Rabbi Carla Howard at :

JQ International
JQ creates programs and services that foster a healthy fusion of LGBTQ and Jewish identities. These initiatives offer LGBTQ Jews, their friends, families, and loved ones the opportunity to connect with each other while fostering a strong sense of self. JQ International also encourages and strengthens leadership, activism, and social action amongst its members in order to continue creating not only a vibrant and inclusive LGBTQ Jewish community but also the best possible community at large.

For more information visit, or email or call 1-323-417-2627

JQ Helpline- A resource and social service referral line for LGBTQ Jews, their families, and allies.
855-JQI-HLPS (855-574-4577)

Need money for college, graduate studies or trade school?
Jewish Free Loan Association offers
JFLA is now taking loan applications for
post-high school students enrolled full-time for this fall.

Please visit us on the web at

JEWISH BIG BROTHERS & SISTERS Want to have the opportunity to help shape a child's future? Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) is in great need of caring male volunteers, MENtors. If you're interested in becoming a MENtor, visit to sign up and make a life-changing impact! Questions? Contact Ashley Waterman or 323-456-1155

LA Elderly: A Facebook Support Group founded by Michelle Porjes
Caring for elderly family can be very challenging. We must be committed to safety, pain management and dignity. Nothing is forever, situations and needs change and thus, plans for care will change.
This facebook group is designed to be an open forum for discussion, information and support for caregivers/family of the elderly.
LA Elderly is in memory of Hannelore Sylvia Porjes, of blessed memory, who passed away December 19, 2017. May her name be a blessing to all those who knew her.

Jewish Healing and Hospice Center of Los Angeles is beginning a bereavement group designed especially for daughters who have lost mothers in the last 3 to 8 months. In our experience, the mother daughter bond is a unique and powerful one who’s loss is experienced differently from relationships.
Sessions will be held Tuesdays from 11:00-12:30.
Please contact our office for location and details and to sign up.
All groups are led by Rabbi Carla Howard
Jewish Healing and Hospice Center of Los Angeles
10573 W. Pico Blvd. # 850 Los Angeles, CA., 90064 310 277-1550

The Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles has a new bereavement group specifically to address the grief experienced by daughters who have recently lost their mothers. Our groups are non-denominational and run by trained grief counselors. For more information, please call 310-277-1550 or email

"Ezra" means help in Hebrew. When it's easy to get, that means everything!

The Ezra Network is an initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in partnership with Jewish Family Service, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Jewish Vocational Service to provide social services within synagogues.

Through The Ezra Network, a social worker, job counselor and legal counselor are available to serve the Temple Beth Am community – providing guidance and assistance to those in our congregation, as well as non-members in the area. What you talk about with these professionals is totally confidential.

The Ezra Network professionals are available by appointment:
Rochelle Shapiro, Social Worker -- (323) 229-0235
Alan Zenoff, Legal Counselor -- (323) 549-5827
Stephanie Chais, Job Counselor – (310) 728-5567

This is a FREE service to members of our community.

The Ezra Network can help with:
• Aging Parents (first steps, finding good home help, searching board and care facilities)
• Appealing Disability Claims
• Children/adults with Special Needs
• Divorce and Family Issues
• Domestic Violence Resources
• Drugs and Alcohol Addiction Resources
• Eviction
•Family members with Mental Illness
•Grief Counseling
• Home Foreclosure
• Legal Referrals
• Navigating support systems
• Financial Issues
• Emergency Cash Grants
• Other Counseling and Counseling Resources
• Parent Support Referrals (classes, groups, resources)
• Unemployment
• Support Groups (see below)
• Networking and Job Search related workshops
•Job counseling

Through the Ezra Network we also offer the following professionally facilitated support groups in your area:

Caregiver Support Group (focus on memory impairment and Alzheimer's) at Temple Emanuel on Tuesdays (Call Nina Reinis at 323-600-5722 for more info)

Bereavement Support Group at Temple Emanuel on Mondays
(Call Rochelle Shapiro at 323-229-0235 for more info)

For more information, visit

Please join us for an opportunity to share your feelings, develop friendships, receive emotional support, and discuss solutions to common caregiving issues with other family caregivers.
This project is funded, in part, by the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging, State of California Department of Health Care Services and the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
When: 2nd Thursday of each month, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Beth Jacob Congregation
9030 W Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Contact: Lisa Shainberg, MSW, Family Care Navigator
USC Family Caregiver Support Center 213-740-3953

Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries
5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Quick Contacts

Lia Mandelbaum

Titles: Director of Programming and Engagement
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 215

Ariana Shane

Titles: Membership Coordinator, Assistant to the Executive Director
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 223

Natalie Weiss

Titles: Director of Admission & Membership, Pressman Academy & Temple Beth Am
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 205

Anne Spar
Sisterhood President

Joel Cooper, & Sasha Ezros
Men's Society Co-Presidents