Hesed Resources

If you—or someone you know—is struggling, BJ members can speak to one of our rabbis or to our DOROT social worker, Jane Blumenstein.

You can also find additional resources in the list below—click the arrow to the right of each section to open up that list of resources.

Mental Health Services and Resources

The Jewish Board 

The Jewish Board provides social services and support groups for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities throughout New York City. Psychiatric and therapy services and bereavement support are also available. 

Phone: 1-844-ONE-CALL (663-2255) 

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons & Significant Others (JACS)

Run by the Jewish Board, JACS is a mutual support network for Jews affected by alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction. JACS encourages recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment, promoting knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish community. 

Phone: 212-632-4600

M’kom Shalom: A Place of Peace

The M’kom Shalom support group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and is facilitated by Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, and Dr. Adena Greenberg, PhD. The group meets virtually on the second Wednesday of every month. 

Phone: 212-632-4770 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 

Through hundreds of state and local affiliates and organizations, NAMI provides grassroots awareness, education, advocacy, and support for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Phone: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Illness and Physical Health Resources

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association works to provide support, education, and resources to those who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and is committed to advancing research about it.

24/7 helpline: 1-800-272-3900


CaringKind works directly with community partners to develop information, tools, and training for New Yorkers affected by dementia, including support groups, education programs, early-stage services, a wanderer’s safety program, and a helpline.

Phone: 646-744-2900

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society aims to improve the lives of people with cancer as well as their families, with the additional goal of ending cancer. The organization provides patient support, advocacy, and research as well as referral services and screenings.

24/7 hotline: 1-800-227-2345


SHARE provides support and education for women of all backgrounds who have been diagnosed with women’s cancers. SHARE also offers support for caregivers.

Phone: 1-844-ASK-SHARE (275-7427)


Named for the Hebrew word for “chain,” Sharsheret supports Jewish women diagnosed with or at high genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer and their families. Sharsheret’s outreach, support and counseling, education, and other programs are also available to women of all backgrounds and to men.

Phone: 866-474-2774


Medicaid is the state- and federal-government funded program that provides health coverage to Americans eligible for health insurance based on their income, such as low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities.

Phone: 877-267-2323

LGBTQ Resources


SAGEServes supports LGBTQ+ seniors in New York and Southern Florida with care management and direct services.

Phone: 212-741-2247


Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families in Jewish life. Through advocacy, support, and resources, the organization helps build LGBTQ Jewish communities and empowers queer Jewish youth.

Phone: 617-524-9227

Financial Resources


NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group) fights for social, economic, and racial justice by providing free legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney as well as through advocacy and community partnerships. NYLAG serves the community in hundreds of local sites and with a mobile help center.

Phone: 212-613-5000

Met Council

The Met Council is America’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy. Their programs include 100% affordable housing, Holocaust survivor assistance, senior programming, crisis intervention, free kosher food distribution, emergency crises services, and more.

Phone: 212-453-9500

Aging Resources


Dorot addresses the challenges of aging by fostering intergenerational connections and enabling older adults to feel valued. Programs and events include holiday package deliveries, emergency and Shabbat meals, help with errands and appointments, and homelessness prevention.

Phone: 212-769-2850

Project CART

Project CART provides free van transportation for seniors to activities, places of worship, medical appointments, and more. The project, which is run by the New York City Department for the Aging, also offers private car services for emergencies and special appointments.

Phone: 212-956-0855


JASA serves older adults in New York City with support services, interventions, and partnerships. The organization helps seniors with autonomy through numerous integrative services such as legal help, health and mental health services, meals, caregiver assistance, and others.

Phone: 212-273-JASA (5272)

The Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center helps people with Medicare understand their benefits and navigate the Medicare system through counseling, advocacy, education, and public policy initiatives.

Phone: 1-800-333-4114

Citymeals on Wheels

Citymeals delivers meals and packaged foods to homebound elderly New Yorkers as well as organizes visits, cards, and phone calls to reduce isolation and increase connection.

Phone: 212-687-1234


Selfhelp provides services to elderly, frail, and vulnerable people in New York City and Long Island so they can avoid institutionalization. The organization offers care management and direct services.

Phone: 212-971-7600