Counseling Services

JCC Counseling Services

The JCC is dedicated to building a stronger community by promoting the welfare of our clients. JCC Social Services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, gender, age, political beliefs or religious creed.

Neshama Marcus, Director of Social Services 718.475.5228 nmarcus@sijcc.com

Art Therapy

Engage in the creative process to enhance overall well-being. Groups will address stress relief, emotional expression, and increasing self esteem and self awareness. Current groups are designed for Ages 7-9, Ages 10-12, and Adults. No art experience or skills necessary. For more information, please contact Neshama Marcus, Director of Social Services, at 718.475.5228 or nmarcus@sijcc.com.

Mental Health Workshops

The JCC can provide a group facilitator to discuss mental health concerns in a fun and interactive forum. Dates and times to be determined upon consultation. If you are interested in hosting a mental health workshop in your community, please contact Neshama Marcus, Director of Social Services 718.475.5228 or nmarcus@sijcc.com

Free Individual Supportive Counseling

Through partnerships with the New York University Silver School of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, College of Staten Island, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, St. John’s University, and Fordham University, the JCC provides one-on-one counseling sessions with MSW Student Interns. Your counselor can assist and guide you in life’s transitions and challenges, including:

  • Bereavement/Grief/Loss
  • Social Isolation
  • Caregivers
  • Marital Issues/Separation/Divorce
  • Health and Wellness
  • Life’s Transitions
  • Support Groups
  • Short-term Counseling

For more information, please contact Neshama Marcus at 718.475.5228 or nmarcus@sijcc.com.

Free Benefits/Entitlements Screening & Enrollment Assistance

Case Management provides individuals and families with a personal case manager who can help navigate the maze of services to develop strength–based individual care plans.

  • SNAP Benefits (Food stamps)
  • Health Insurance Options
  • Utility Assistance Programs i.e. HEAP, etc. (November-May)
  • Life Line/Safe Link (free cell phone)
  • Access-a-Ride (for Senior Citizens/Disabled)
  • Income Tax Preparation
    And more!
    For more information, please contact Devorah Weiss at 718.475.5245 (office), 917.922.6859 (cell) or dweiss@sijcc.com.
    For clients who require in-home screening for benefits and entitlements (age 60+), please contact Venessa Schiavone at 718-508-3890 or vschiavone@sijcc.com.

Free Legal Consultation

  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Evictions/Foreclosures
  • HRA/Social Security/Unemployment Benefits, etc.

For more information, please contact Devorah Weiss at 718.475.5245 (office), 917.922.6859 (cell) or dweiss@sijcc.com.

Free Financial Counseling

  • Managing Debt
  • Budgeting
  • Bankruptcy, etc.

For more information, please contact Devorah Weiss at 718.475.5245 (office), 917.922.6859 (cell) or dweiss@sijcc.com.

Free Kosher Food Pantry

Donations are received from the Food Bank of New York and MET Council, as well as many local businesses and private donations. The Kosher Food Pantry is by appointment only in order to ensure personal, confidential, one-on-one services. The Kosher Food Pantry also accepts donations of nonperishable food items. For an appointment or additional information please contact Sara Cohen at
718.475.5242 or sacohen@sijcc.com

Free Career Counseling

For more information, please contact Devorah Weiss at 718.475.5245 (office), 917.922.6859 (cell) or dweiss@sijcc.com.

The JCC provides vital services to every constituency on our Island with the goal of making it a better place for everyone. There are many ways you can choose to make a difference and financially assist those in need. Please click on the link below to make a tax deductible donation today.

BERNIKOW/MID-ISLAND JCC

For Membership Inquiries Please Contact:
Membership Services 718.475.5223 

Avis/South Shore JCC


Select JCC facilities are available to all organizations, groups and individuals for life cycle events, meetings and celebrations. Call 718.475.5261 for information.

ABERLIN/NORTH SHORE JCC