Counseling & Other Services

Coordinated through Jewish Federations of North America, Pittsburgh's Israel Emergency Relief Fund is allocated quickly where it is needed most.

You Are Not Alone

In times of personal and communal crises, Jewish Pittsburgh has resources for you.


Jewish Family and Community Services

  • Social, psychological and employment services
  • Counseling for all age groups
  • Case management for elder care and immigration
  • Career Development Center
  • Squirrel Hill Food Pantry
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10.27 Healing Partnership

Honoring the lives that were taken and the people affected by the attack on three Pittsburgh congregations on October 27, 2018

  • Providing support for individuals impacted by the October 2018 attack
  • Resources for victims of hate-induced trauma
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  • Free mental health support for anyone ages 12-22.
  • Chat available.
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Center for Victims

Trauma Counselling

  • 24-Hour Hotline: 1-866-644-2882
  • Community crisis support organization for Allegheny County.
  • Therapy and Support Groups are available.
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Crisis Text Line

  • Text "HOME" to 741741 to be connected immediately with a volunteer crisis counselor.
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JFCS Grief Support Group

JFCS is happy to announce the re-starting of our grief support group. This is a virtual group that requires pre-registration. Please call JFCS directly to sign up at 412-389-1417. This group will be offered every other Monday beginning Monday, October 16th from 5:00-6:00.

Supportive Events

There are no upcoming events.

How do we talk with children about tragic events?

How can we respond to their difficult questions about what they see and hear in the news and on social media? These resources are intended for parents and families to help them to engage appropriately with their children about what is currently happening.   

Webinars for Parents (The Jewish Education Project)

Webinar Recording: Guidance for Parents of Young Children (5–9-year-olds)

Webinar Recording: Guidance for Parents of Tweens and Teens

Webinar Recording: How to Talk with Kids About Israel Today (5–18-year-olds)

Resources for Families

What to Tell Kids When the News in Scary (

PODCAST: Educating and Parenting in a Time of War (Adapting)

How to Talk with Your Kids about the Violence in Israel and Gaza (

Resources for Talking about Israel with Children with Cognitive Disabilities (Jewish Disability Inclusion News)

Wellness Resources for the Situation in Israel (Blue Dove Foundation)

8 Tips for Talking about Israel with Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs (

It’s Okay to be Scared: A Book for Young Children (5-7 year-olds) (That Jewish Moment)

Talking to Kids About Violence (6-17 year-olds) (National Association of School Psychologists)