TRYmester: Jewish Fertility Journeys Out Loud

 

TRYmester: Jewish Fertilities Out Loud performances have finished their run. But the conversation doesn’t end.

UJA is funding services for people struggling to build a family. Here are community resources offered at community centers around the region:

Westchester

A partnership between Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) and the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson offers five groups for ongoing comfort and support to individuals and families grappling with infertility. These groups are provided at the Shames JCC in Tarrytown and at various locations throughout Westchester.

For more information, please contact:

Sherry Birnbaum
WJCS Director of Jewish Programs
914-761-0600 ext. 140 or sbirnbaum@wjcs.com

Gillian Rittmaster
WJCS Coordinator Pathways to Care
914-761-0600 ext. 142 or grittmaster@wjcs.com

Long Island

Several Long Island JCCs are offering services to help individuals and families navigate their fertility journeys in a safe, supportive space. Individual counseling and support groups are offered by social workers at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside, the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC in Cedarhurst, and the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview.

For more information, please contact:

Marcy Hallerman, Senior Program Director
Barry and Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center
516.634.4173

Cathy Byrne, Associate Executive Director
Marion & Aaron Gural JCC
516.569.6733

Shanee Kirschenbaum, Social Worker
Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center
516.822.3534, ext. 384

Manhattan

A partnership between JCC Manhattan and Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services offers support groups to help Jewish couples and individuals struggling with fertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, and other related experiences. Through mental health counseling with spiritual components, group members get assistance to ease their pain and anxieties, learn coping strategies, and meet a social network of peers. Individual counseling by social workers will also be offered to group members who could benefit from additional support. Services are provided at the Jewish Board in Manhattan.

For more information, please contact:

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, L.C.S.W.
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
212.632.4770 or sweintraub@jbfcs.org