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Addiction Services

Whether you are interested in residential or outpatient help, counseling or a 12-step approach, the first move to deal with addiction is to call one of these community partners.

  • Addiction and substance abuse education, support, and prevention services for people of all ages. https://jfsla.org

  • Drop-in center, crisis intervention, and career guidance for at-risk young adults ages 14-28. http://www.aishtamid.org

  • Jewish residential and outpatient addiction treatment and prevention programs. https://beittshuvah.org

  • Comprehensive residential treatment center for men suffering from substance abuse and other harmful addictions. https://chabadrehab.com


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COUNSELING & FAMILY SERVICES

From counseling to programs for at-risk youth, there is a wide range of services for individuals and families in need.

  • Drop-in center, crisis intervention, and career guidance for at-risk young adults ages 14-28. http://www.aishtamid.org

  • Provides mental health and social services for at-risk children, teens, and their families; foster care and adoption; and transitional housing for females 18-24. http://www.avivacenter.org

  • Services for Jewish children with serious illnesses and their families including hospital support, counseling, camps, and family programs. http://www.chailifeline.org/westcoast

  • Professional therapists provide counseling and mental health intervention for children, teens, adults, survivors of violence, couples, and families. https://jfsla.org

  • 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelters, transitional housing, comprehensive counseling, and education and prevention outreach. https://jfsla.org

  • Youth mentoring (1-1 matches with adult volunteers),camp programs, college guidance and scholarship programs, and various programs to promote social and emotional health for Jewish youth. http://www.jbbbsla.org

  • http://www.jbbbsla.org

  • Youth mentoring (1-1 matches with adult volunteers),camp programs, college guidance and scholarship programs, and various programs to promote social and emotional health for Jewish youth. http://www.jbbbsla.org

  • Listings and referrals for Jewish education, including day schools, preschools, complementary schools and residential camps. https://jkidla.org

  • Referrals and supportive assistance for LGBTQ Jews, their families, and allies. Monthly support groups for the general community as well as Iranian- and Orthodox-specific LGBTQ teens and young adults. https://jqinternational.org

  • Comprehensive services for children, families, and older adults. Aleinu offers culturally sensitive services for the Orthodox community. https://jfsla.org

  • Critical lifeline for teens that provides social and emotional support. https://jbbbsla.org/teen-programming/#teentalkapp

  • http://www.vistadelmar.org


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CLOTHING AND ITEM DONATIONS/ LOANS (G’MACH)

Whether you want to borrow a piece of medical equipment, donate furniture you don’t use, or need gently used clothes for your family, call these community partners.

  • Clothing, furniture, and houseware donation center and thrift store. https://beittshuvah.org/bts-thrift-store/

  • Collects donations and distributes clothing, housewares, electronics, toys, and more at no cost. https://myglobalkindness.org

  • Loans out free medical equipment to patients of all ages. https://bikurcholim.net

  • Clothing vouchers; clothing, furniture, and houseware donation center; and thrift shop. https://ncjwla.org/community-mental-health-talkline/clothing-assistance-2

  • Provides gently used furniture, appliances, and holiday clothing to families in need. https://tomcheishabbos.org


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EMPLOYMENT

From resume writing to ESL classes to job training to associate degree programs — if you need help with employment, you’ll find it here.

  • If you’re dealing with personal, financial, or legal problems, now you can get all kinds of help in the privacy of a local synagogue.

  • Connects Jews with employment opportunities. Includes resume review, job search skill development, job matching, and retraining. https://tomcheishabbos.org/programs/joblink

  • https://www.jvs-socal.org/

  • Job search and career services, training programs, and workforce development.

  • Job search and career services, training programs, and workforce development.

  • Nonprofit college offering a wide range of English language programs. https://laortglobal.com


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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE / SCHOLARSHIPS

If you need financial assistance, call one of these partners.

  • Offers rental, clothing, and disaster assistance for women. https://ncjwla.org

  • If you’re dealing with personal, financial, or legal problems, now you can get all kinds of help in the privacy of a local synagogue.

  • Scholarships for those ages 15-26 participating in first-time peer educational experiences in Israel.

  • https://www.jfsla.org/

  • http://www.jfla.org

  • Offers affordable, professionally managed pooled diverse abilities trusts that protect government benefits and provide high quality of life. https://jlatrust.org

  • Scholarship for college students, graduate students, and young adults participating in learning and/or research programs in Israel. https://yajewishla.org/marks

  • Case management program with financial assistance for Jews in financial crisis. Contact JFS Central Access for more information. https://jewishla.org

  • Incentives for first-time campers grades 2-12 for Jewish overnight camp. https://onehappycamper.org

  • Educational scholarship for international and domestic Jewish immersive experiences. https://yajewishla.org

  • Provides Jewish students in L.A. with need-based financial aid for post-secondary education https://jvs-socal.org

  • Offers $1,000-$2,000 student scholarships for women in financial need. https://ncjwla.org


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FOOD AND NUTRITION

The community partners listed here provide food assistance ranging from groceries to meals and more.

  • Collects leftover prepared kosher food from catered events and, as well as groceries, and distributes to people in Pico-Robertson area. https://myglobalkindness.org

  • Home-delivered kosher meals and community dining options for seniors and adults with disabilities. https://jfsla.org

  • Kosher meal delivery for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other serious illnesses. http://www.projectchickensoup.org

  • Free groceries once per month, plus supportive services including free legal assistance, job counseling, Medi-Cal and CalFresh enrollment, counseling, and case management. Detailed schedule available online. SOVA Valley – 16439 Vanowen St. near Hayvenhurst SOVA West – 8846 W. Pico Blvd. near Robertson https://www.jfsla.org/sova

  • Shabbat and holiday kosher grocery delivery and other resources. https://tomcheishabbos.org


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IMMIGRANT RESOURCES

Whether you say “Hello” in Farsi (سلام), Russian (Здравствуйтe) or Hebrew ( שלום ), these partners provide culturally sensitive services to immigrants in need.

  • Mental health services in Farsi for low-income individuals. https://jfsla.org

  • Services for older adults including care management, counseling, support groups, transportation, and meals. Services available in Farsi and English https://jfsla.org

  • Interest-free loans to help mitigate the cost of filing immigration papers. https://jfla.org

  • https://www.iajf.org

  • Iranian immigrants can access services and receive information in Farsi about available resources. https://jfsla.org

  • Central organizing body of Israeli Americans in Los Angeles. http://www.israeliamerican.org/

  • Services for Israelis in need living in or visiting L.A. https://embassies.gov.il/la

  • A program specifically designed for LGBTQ+ Persians and the Persian community at large. https://jqinternational.org

  • Nonprofit college offering a wide range of English language programs. https://laortglobal.com

  • Provides programs for the Israeli community living in Los Angeles.

  • Supportive services, including meals, support groups, counseling, transportation, and more, offered in Hebrew for Jewish Israelis with cancer. https://standbymela.org

  • Social services for Russian West Hollywood residents over 18 years old. Recreational and social services for older adults. https://jfsla.org


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INCARCERATED SERVICES

Incarcerated Jews and their families should contact the partners below for support and advocacy during incarceration and after.

  • Religious, spiritual, legal, emotional, constitutional advocacy and reentry assistance and referral services for individuals in prison, mental health facilities, and the U.S. armed forces, as well as their families. https://www.aleph-institute.org

  • Advocates on behalf of those with drug and alcohol-related crimes to enter rehabilitation instead of incarceration. https://beittshuvah.org


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LEGAL SERVICES

For free legal services, see the options below.

  • Free legal counsel including housing, debtors’ rights and bankruptcy, guardianships and conservatorships, employment rights, and government services. https://bettzedek.org

  • If you’re dealing with personal, financial, or legal problems, now you can get all kinds of help in the privacy of a local synagogue.

  • Informal mediation services as well as emotional and logistical support to navigate a Jewish divorce. https://jdacla.org


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MEDICAL SUPPORT SERVICES

When you or your loved ones are facing a health crisis, you are not alone. These community partners can provide a host of services to offer physical, financial, and emotional support.

  • Services for Jewish families with serious illness including short-term housing during treatment, medical referrals, and equipment loans. https://bikurcholim.net

  • Comprehensive medical care for nonresident seniors including primary medical care, rehabilitation, and home health services. https://lajh.org

  • Services for Jewish children with serious illnesses and their families including hospital support, counseling, camps, and family programs. http://www.chailifeline.org/westcoast

  • Raising awareness about Jewish genetic diseases and educating the community about the importance of pre-conception genetic screening. https://GeneTestNow.com

  • Hospice services, spiritual care, and bereavement and funeral services. https://jhcla.org

  • Interest Free loans to help pay for medical bills, dental bills and medical equipment. https://jfla.org

  • Certified Jewish chaplaincy, palliative care and respite care for individuals facing terminal illness and their families. https://seasons.org

  • Free resources and support offered by telehealth for Jewish families facing breast and ovarian cancer, and increased genetic risk—before, during and after diagnosis. https://sharsheret.org

  • Palliative care and psychological support for individuals facing a chronic disease or terminal illness. https://skirballhospice.org

  • Supportive services, including meals, support groups, counseling, transportation, and more, offered in Hebrew for Jewish Israelis with cancer. https://standbymela.org

  • Links to support groups and services at synagogues and agencies that provide information on Jewish bereavement, mourning rituals, and other grieving resources. http://jewishbereavement.org/


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SENIORS AND HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

These community partners can help older adults, including Holocaust survivors, age in place through a variety of services and programs.

  • Free elder law services and assistance with conservatorships, elder abuse, and family caregiver rights. https://bettzedek.org

  • Services for older adults including care management, counseling, support groups, transportation, and meals. Services available in Farsi and English https://jfsla.org

  • Services for Holocaust survivors including Café Europa and Café Shalom social clubs, care management, counseling, in-home supportive services, assistance with reparations, financial assistance, and more. https://jfsla.org

  • Free legal support to Holocaust survivors applying for reparations, pensions, and other benefits, as well as general elder law services. https://bettzedek.org

  • https://www.jfsla.org/

  • In-home caregivers for seniors and adults. https://jfscare.org

  • Multi-level senior living services from independent to dementia care. https://lajh.org

  • Affordable independent-living apartment rentals for low-income seniors. https://mhfla.org

  • Centers offer information/referral, care management, meal programs, health and wellness, mental health services, transportation, in-home care, home safety modification, MSSP, and more. Financial pre-screening for Jewish free burial. https://jfsla.org

  • Palliative care and psychological support for individuals facing a chronic disease or terminal illness. https://skirballhospice.org

  • Social services for Russian West Hollywood residents over 18 years old. Recreational and social services for older adults. https://jfsla.org

  • Senior programming including wellness classes, holiday/social programs, and programs for frail seniors. https://westsidejcc.org


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diverse abilities / DISABILITY SERVICES

The community partners listed here provide an array of services and programs for adults and children with diverse abilities and their caregivers.

  • Community-based adult day programs in the city (Isak Boruchin) and in the Valley (Conejo Day Program). https://etta.org

  • Assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in finding jobs in the community and/or academic achievement. https://etta.org

  • Our partner offers adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to socialize and build social skills that help keep them connected to and engaged with each other and the Jewish community. https://www.jfsla.org/chav

  • Interest-free loans of up to $15,000 for diagnostic expenses, behavioral supports, and more https://jfla.org

  • Provides social, recreational, and educational opportunities to Jewish children and teens with diverse abilitiesand their families. https://friendshipcircleca.org

  • Provides assistance to those seeking a conservatorship and powers of attorney for adults with diverse abilities. Assists in obtaining Representative Payee status. https://bettzedek.org

  • Our partner offers adults with special needs residential services and supervised Jewish homes, including group homes and independent housing opportunities, which allow them to live as independently as possible. https://etta.org/

  • A eight-week vocational training program for young adults with diverse abilities. https://ramah.org

  • Provides social, recreational, and educational opportunities to Jewish children and teens with diverse abilitiesand their families. https://fcpalisades.org

  • Provides social, recreational, and educational opportunities to Jewish children and teens with diverse abilitiesand their families. https://fcla.org

  • One-stop referral service and support services for Jewish families with children with diverse abilities. https://jfsla.org

  • Expressive arts and socialization program for children, teens, and young adults with disabilities using Jewish music, dance, storytelling and improv https://themiracleproject.org

  • Program for Jewish teens with diverse abilities. https://farwestusy.org

  • Youth mentoring (1-1 matches with adult volunteers),camp programs, college guidance and scholarship programs, and various programs to promote social and emotional health for Jewish youth. https://jbbbsla.org

  • A central resource for deaf, hard of hearing persons, and the community at large. http://www.jdcc.org

  • Religious school classes, B’nei Mitzvah tutoring, family Jewish holiday and Shabbat programming designed for children with autism and other diverse abilities and their families, welcoming to families with children of all abilities.

  • https://www.jvs-socal.org/

  • LAJAC helps adults with special needs in Los Angeles access the resources and tools they need to live meaningful, purposeful, and Jewish lives. Through a state-of-the-art website, case management and better coordination between service providers, LAJAC provides opportunities that promote self-advocacy, independence, and accessibility to practical resources. http://www.lajac.org/

  • Inclusion program that integrates youth of all abilities with mainstream peers in an after-school social program. http://www.mjcs.org

  • Located at Valley Beth Shalom, and serving the entire community, this program offers a full range of learning, social, music, art and spiritual Jewish experiences for children, teens, and adults with special needs and unique abilities (ages 3-adult) and for their families. https://vbs.org/ourspacela

  • Social enterprise venture that provides employment and internship opportunities for young adults with diverse abilities. https://shalominstitute.com

  • http://www.fcla.org

  • Expressive arts and socialization program for children, teens, and young adults with disabilities using Jewish music, dance, storytelling and improv. https://www.themiracleproject.org/

  • Provides social, recreational, and educational opportunities to Jewish children and teens with diverse abilitiesand their families. https://valleyfriendshipcircle.com

  • Inclusive Jewish social, recreational and educationalprograms for kids and adults with developmental disabilities. https://yachad.org/losangeles/


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Based on Jewish values, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community — all with our local, national, and international partners.

Our Federation’s Caring for Jews in Need strategic initiative prepared this resource guide to support our
community. As the convener of the community we serve, The Jewish Federation is honored to work with a variety of organizations to meet needs, provide engagement opportunities, and ensure the Jewish future we share.