Group Counseling and
Support Groups

Schoke Jewish Family Service offers a wide range of programs to strengthen individuals and families to help them deal with the transitions and challenges that everyone confronts in various stages of life.

Parenting Education Program (PEP)

State required workshop for divorcing couples in the state of Connecticut with children under the age of 18. This program is designed to help parents cope with the stress of divorce and the pressure it can put on your children.

For more information on the Parenting Education Program or to register please contact the Family and Children’s Agency of Norwalk at 203-855-8765.

Let’s Talk

Meet new people or deepen existing friendships while engaging in meaningful conversation about a wide variety of topics that are important in our lives. Topics may range from how to live a fulfilling life, creating healthy relationships, and savoring our cherished memories, to embracing life-changing circumstances.

Led by a Schoke Jewish Family Service clinical facilitator. For more information, contact Amanda Geffner at 203-921-4161 or

Days and Times

Mondays, 12:45 PM at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities
Tuesdays, 11:00 AM at the Stamford JCC
Thursdays, 1:00 PM at the Westport Senior Center
Thursdays, 10:30 AM at the Jewish Senior Services

Life Transitions

Provides a forum to discuss the concerns and issues related to job loss and to find alternative solutions for career satisfaction.

Led by a Schoke Jewish Family Service clinical facilitator. To register please contact Lois Meyer at 203-921-4161 or

Days and Times

Wednesdays, 3:00 PM at the Schoke JFS Stamford Office
Group runs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month

Brain Fitness Program

The Schoke JFS Brain Fitness program sends a one-on-one “brain trainer” to your home to help you exercise your mind. Schoke JFS provides an initial screening, a customized weekly program, and meetings scheduled at your convenience. And all for FREE!

To register and organize an initial assessment to see if Brain Fitness is right for you, please call Toby Lazarus, Ph. D, at 203-921-4161 or

Focus on Kids (FOK)

A statewide program for separated, divorced or divorcing parents who experience high conflict around parenting decisions. Program works with both parents, teaching them strategies that help them communicate in a non-hostile manner, so that they can make joint parenting decisions that are in the best interests of their children. Focus on Kids is not therapy, it is a highly structured parent counseling with a large emphasis on communication.

For more information on the Focus On Kids program or to register please contact Erika Gadson at 203-921-4161 or

Bereavement Support Group

Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a loved one.

Experience the comfort and healing which comes of being with others who know first-hand what you are going through.

Days and Times

Mondays, 2:30 PM at Temple Israel, Westport

The Grecia and Ron Gross Jewish Family Life Education Program is supported by a legacy gift from the Gross Family.