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Touched by Addiction Support Group

JFCS is offering this support group for family members who have a loved one grappling with current or past substance use issues.

Addictions of all kinds can create turmoil in the lives of those grappling with their dependencies and can directly impact family members and loved ones. This support group will help ease the feeling of isolation as a loved one of a person struggling with addiction. Join with others who have experienced similar challenges. In addition to sharing personal experiences, insights, and advice, you will learn about and engage with speakers on topics related to co-dependency, self-care, combating denial, healthy role modeling, depression & anxiety, and how to feel empowered in confronting these issues.

Group Facilitators

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW is the Executive Director at Center for Families. Her passion lies in helping people heal from mental health concerns through experiential therapy, group therapy and animal-assisted therapy. She has worked in the field of addiction support services at all levels of care, including outpatient and residential, and at numerous national programs.

Sarah Waxman, LSW is a JFCS Family Life Educator and psychotherapist. She has a background in youth development, experiential Jewish education and clinical social work. Sarah works with adult clients in their process of healing around trauma, mood disorders, family dynamics and relationship concerns, life transitions and substance use disorders.

When: Wednesday Evenings, April 3 through June 5 (except April 24), 6:30–8:30pm
Where:  The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS, 345 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd PA
Cost:  Cost for All 10 Sessions: $36 per person for new members. $18 for returning members. Reduced rate available based on need. Registration required.
RSVP: For more information and to register for the group, contact Sarah Waxman, LSW at or 267.804.5888

Next session begins on April 3, 2019.  Click here for more info.


Bereavement Group for Loss of a Spouse/Partner

JFCS is offering this 8-session support group for individuals who have suffered the loss of a spouse or
partner. Participants will find community, support, strength and comfort in a warm and professionally guided

Group Facilitator: Rabbi Tsurah August is staff Chaplain for Jewish Family and Children’s Service of
Greater Philadelphia. She works with individuals, groups, and families as they face
spiritual and emotional challenges due to illness, loss, isolation, or grief.

When: Thursday mornings, May 2 through June 27 (except June 6), 10:30am – 12:00pm
Where: The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS, 345 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd PA
Cost: $144 pre-paid for all 8 Sessions
RSVP: For more information or to register for the group, call 866.JFCS (NOW)

Free parking in JFCS lot, meter and 2-hour parking on surrounding streets. Please use the entrance in the rear parking lot. Please be aware that due to increased security all attendees will be asked to show ID.