Jewish Family Services – Here for the all for more than 160 years.

The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas has had powerful and traumatic impacts on individuals and families around the globe. JFS is here to help in this time of crisis. We have expanded our services to help all of those impacted

All support services are free of charge.

Primary contact:

Matthew Stewart, Manager, Jewish Community Services

716.883.1914 ext. 314

Brought to the community the the generosity of the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation:

Healing Conversations for Adults, Children, and Families

We understand that talking with someone is a challenging decision to make. But we are here for exactly this purpose. Our professional and credentialed therapists are experts in their field and are able to provide an array of options:

  • Confidential services guarantee.
  • Individual adult or child sessions.
  • Group sessions for the whole family.
  • In-person or virtual scheduling.
  • Free of charge

Parenting Groups & Talking with Children

JFS’ is available to create and facilitate parenting groups to help support their children and navigate difficult times and topics.

Additional parenting resources:

We will continue to update resources as they are identified.

Healing Conversations for Synagogue Staff and Members, Jewish Community Organizations

We know that leaders of Jewish places of worship or community organizations are committed to supporting their staff and constituents. A gathering to listen, talk through, and process what is happening is a way for people to feel connected to one another. Group sessions offer:

  • Professional facilitation.
  • Safe and respectful spaces for discussion or listening.
  • Sessions held on site.
  • Free of charge.

Community Events

Our goal is to keep everyone up to date as to what is happening in the Jewish community. Attending an event shows the strength and fortitude of all Jews and Jew-adjacent supporters. If you have an event you would like propose we add, please contact us.


Sunday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Resource Sharing & Talking with Children

Jewish Community Center

2640 North Forest Road, Getzville

Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Via Zoom

PJ Library Parents: Reflecting on Israel Today

RSVP for Zoom link

Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m.

Stand Up for Israel Concert

Congregation Shir Shalom

4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville