Below is our occasional listing of support groups affiliated with the Jewish community. We update this list with the newest information available each time we run it.
Do you run a support group not listed here? Contact Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org, so that we can include it in our future listings.
Please be aware that the community offers many additional options, including local rabbis who can offer support. Also, Beth Mumper of Jewish Family Services addresses the social service needs of Jewish individuals and families. Contact Mumper at 414-225-1347 or EMumper@jfsmilw.org.
Here are the support groups:
Caregiver Support Group
First and third Fridays every month at 1:30 p.m.
The Caregiver Support Group is dedicated to those providing care and support for a loved one with memory loss. This group supports emotional needs while minimizing anxiety and stress to encourage therapeutic calm, balance and connection. Meets virtually. For more information and to register, contact Dana Rubin-Winkelman, MSW, CAPSW, at 414-721-9249 or DRubin-Winkelman@Ovation.org.
Nechamah: Living with Chronic Illness
Once a month.
Congregation Shaarei Shamayim in Madison offers support groups for anyone impacted by chronic illness and rare disease. This virtual support group uses Zoom to gather. They ask if someone is not a member of the congregation that they make a donation to the community. For more information and to register, contact Office@Shamayim.org or 608-257-2944.
Grief Support Group
Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Jewish Family Services’ Grief Support Group helps participants learn how to accept the reality of their loss and are supported through the process of experiencing and acknowledging the physical, emotional and behavioral pain, as well as find a way to positively adjust to their new situation. Sessions are free and open to the community, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual identity, gender identity, ethnic origin, or ability. Meeting in person at Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. Co-facilitated by Jessica Laughlin, APSW. For more information and to register, contact Kat Blackwell at KBlackwell@JFSMilw.org or 414-225-1374.
Teen Support Group
Once a month.
Meet once a month with a group of local teens in a space that will allow you to express yourself without being judged and give you an opportunity to connect with other local teens to support you. Share personal experiences, feelings, and coping strategies about your mental health. Meeting in person at Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. RSVP at FCWI.org/UMatterRSVP or call 414-755-5855.
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More resources for help
In addition to support groups, more resources for help are available at: