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One-Stop Referrals
Addiction Services
Counseling and Family Services
Clothing Donation/Item Loans (G’mach)
Employment
Financial Assistance/Scholarships
Food and Nutrition
Immigrant Resources
Iranian Resources
Israeli Resources
Russian Resources
Incarcerated Services
Legal Services
Medical Support Services
Seniors and Holocaust Survivors
Special Needs/Disability Services – Children
Special Needs/Disability Services – Adults

 

One-Stop Referrals

When you don’t know where to start, you can call a single number that opens the door to all kinds of support and information. 

211 Government and Community Services Line
Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211LA.org

Central Access Line/Jewish Family Service
One-stop connection to community and government resources.
(877) 275-4537
www.jfsla.org

HaMercaz/Jewish Family Service
One-stop referral service for Jewish families with children with special needs (birth to age 22).
(866) 287-8030
hamercaz.org

JKidLA/BJE
Listings and referrals for Jewish education, including day schools, preschools, complimentary schools and residential camps.
City: (323) 761-8616
Valley: (818) 464-3391
www.jkidla.org

Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC)/The Jewish Federation
The one-stop community resource for Jewish adults with special needs and their caregivers.
(323) 761-8105
lajac.org

The Ezra Network
In the comfort and privacy of one of our partnering synagogues, you can get help from a social worker, legal counselor or job counselor.

Social Workers:
Laurel Canyon Corridor and West Valley (818) 854-9760
Mid-Wilshire, South Bay and Westside (323) 600-5722
Pico (323) 229-0235
Job Counselor: (310) 622-3844 and (310) 728-5567
Legal Counselor: (323) 549-5827

www.jewishla.org/ezra

 


 

Addiction Services

Whether you are interested in residential or outpatient help, counseling or a 12-step approach, the first step to take in dealing with addiction is to call one of these community partners.

Aish Tamid of Los Angeles
Drop-in center, crisis intervention, and career guidance for at-risk young adults ages 14-28.
(323) 634-0505
www.aishtamid.org

Alcohol & Drug Action Program/Jewish Family Service
Addiction and substance abuse education, support, and prevention services for people of all ages.
(310) 247-1180 
www.jfsla.org

Beit T’Shuvah
Jewish residential and outpatient addiction treatment and prevention programs.
(310) 204-5200
beittshuvah.org

Chabad Residential Treatment Center
Comprehensive residential treatment center for men suffering from substance abuse.
(323) 965-1365
chabadrehab.com

 


 

Counseling and Family Services

From counseling services to programs for youth at risk, there is a wide range of services for individuals and families in need.

Aish Tamid of Los Angeles
Drop-in center, crisis intervention, and career guidance for at-risk young adults ages 14-28. Community Educational Resource Center provides academic planning and career guidance for nontraditional students.
(323) 634-0505
www.aishtamid.org

Aleinu Family Resource Center/Jewish Family Service
Comprehensive services for children, families, and older adults. Offers culturally sensitive services for the Orthodox community.
(310) 247-0534
www.jfsla.org

Aviva Family and Children’s Services
Provides mental health, foster care, and education programs for at-risk children, teens, and families.
(323) 876-0550
www.avivacenter.org

Chai Lifeline
Services for Jewish children with serious illnesses and their families including hospital support, counseling, camps, and family programs.
(877) 374-6331
www.chailifeline.org/westcoast

Counseling Services/Jewish Family Service
Professional therapists provide counseling and mental health intervention for children, teens, adults, survivors of violence, couples, and families.
Central Access Line (877) 275-4537
www.jfsla.org

Family Violence Project/Jewish Family Service
24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelters, transitional housing, comprehensive counseling, and education and prevention outreach.
Hotline (818) 505-0900
www.jfsla.org

Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center
Provides acute in-patient, residential, and out-patient services to mentally ill adolescents and adults.
(323) 644-2000
www.gatewayshospital.org

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
Youth mentoring (1-1 matches with adult volunteers), camp programs, and a college guidance program for mentees.

One-on-one Mentoring: (323) 456-1155
Camp Bob Waldorf on the Max Straus Campus: (323) 456-1152
College Guidance Program: (323) 456-1164
jbbbsla.org

JKidLA/BJE
Listings and referrals for Jewish education, including day schools, preschools, complimentary schools and residential camps.
City: (323) 761-8616
Valley: (818) 464-3391
jkidla.org

JQ Helpline/JQ International
Referrals and supportive assistance for LGBTQ Jews, their families, and allies. Monthly support groups for parents of Iranian and Orthodox LGBTQ teens and young adults.
(855) 574-4577
jqinternational.org

National Council of Jewish Women/LA
Individual and family counseling, support groups, court advocacy, and child art and literacy programs.
Counseling talkline and services: (877) 655-3807
ncjwla.org

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
Counseling services for children with emotional, behavioral, learning, and developmental disorders.
(310) 836-1223
vistadelmar.org

 


 

Clothing and Item Donations / Loans (G’mach)

Whether you want to borrow a piece of medical equipment, donate furniture you don't use, or need gently used clothes for your family, call these community partners.

BTS Thrift Boutique/Beit T’Shuvah
Clothing, furniture, and houseware donation center and thrift store
(310) 204-4669
beittshuvah.org/bts-thrift-store/

Home Item Distribution/Global Kindness
Collects donations and distributes clothing, housewares, electronics, toys, and more at no cost.
(310) 402-8882
myglobalkindess.org

Medical Equipment Loan/Bikur Cholim
Loans out free medical equipment to patients of all ages
(323) 852-1900
bikurcholim.net

National Council of Jewish Women/LA
Clothing, furniture, and houseware donation center and thrift store.

Council Thrift Shops: (800) 400-6259
Clothing Vouchers/Talkline: (877) 655-3807
ncjwla.org/council-thrift-shops

Second Chance G’Mach/Tomchei Shabbos
Provides gently used furniture, appliances and holiday clothing to families in need.
(323) 851-1000
tomcheishabbos.org

 


 

Employment

From resume writing to ESL classes to job training to Associate Degree programs, if you need help with employment, you'll find it here.

Jewish Vocational Service
Job search and career services, training programs, and workforce development. Specialized program for mature jobseekers (ExperienceWorks).

Main Office: (323) 761-8888
The Ezra Network:
(Job counselor in synagogues)
(310) 622-3844 and
(310) 728-5567
JVS WorkSource Centers:
Marina del Rey (310) 309-6000
West Hollywood (310) 652-6378
jvsla.org or jewishla.org/ezra

LA ORT College
Nonprofit college offering vocational technical training and AA degree programs.
City: (323) 248-8555
Valley: (818) 382-6000
www.laort.edu

 


 

Financial Assistance/Scholarships

If you need financial assistance, call one of the partners below.

Brawerman Leadership Institute/The Jewish Federation
Need-based leadership fellowship for Jewish students starting college that includes a $10,000 annual scholarship.
(323) 761-8116
JewishLA.org/Brawerman

Emergency Survival Fund/National Council of Jewish Women/LA
Offers transportation, bill and rental assistance as well as a holiday program.
(877) 655-3807
ncjwla.org

Jewish Crisis Fund/The Jewish Federation
Case management program with financial assistance for Jews in financial crisis. Contact JFS Central Access for more information.
Central Access Line: (877) 275-4537
JewishLA.org

Jewish Free Loan Association
Zero-interest loans for students, small businesses, emergencies, healthcare, special needs, lifecycle events, etc.
City: (323) 761-8830
Valley: (818) 344-1072
jfla.org

Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust
Offers affordable financial tools that allow those with special needs to save for the future.
(424) 341-3344
jlatrust.org

Marks Endowment Fellowship/The Jewish Federation
Grants for college students, graduate students, and young adults participating in learning and/or research opportunities in Israel.
(323) 761-8208
jewishla.org

One Happy Camper/The Jewish Federation
Grants for first-time campers grades 2-12 for Jewish overnight camp.
(323) 761-8233
onehappycamper.org

Sandra and Lawrence Post Israel Grants Program/The Jewish Federation
Grants for people ages 15-26 participating in first-time peer/educational experiences in Israel.
(323) 761-8233
jewishla.org

Scholarship Program/Jewish Vocational Service
Provides Jewish students in L.A. with need-based financial aid for post-secondary education.
(323) 761-8888 x8868
jvsla.org

Student Scholarships/National Council of Jewish Women/LA
Offers $1,000-$2,000 student scholarships for women in financial need.
(323) 852-8515
ncjwla.org

 


 

Food and Nutrition

The community partners listed below provide food assistance ranging from groceries to meals and more.

Global Kindness
Collects leftover prepared kosher food from catered events, as well as groceries, and distributes to people in Pico-Robertson area.
(310) 402-8882
myglobalkindness.org

Nutrition Program/Jewish Family Service
Home-delivered kosher meals and community dining options for seniors and adults with disabilities.
(323) 937-5843 x1702 or (323) 937-5852
jfsla.org

Project Chicken Soup
Kosher meal delivery for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other serious illnesses.
(310) 836-5402
projectchickensoup.org

SOVA Community Food and Resource Program/Jewish Family Service
Free groceries one time per month, plus supportive services including free legal assistance, job counseling, Medi-Cal and CalFresh enrollment, counseling, and case management. Detailed schedule available online.
SOVA Valley – 16439 Vanowen St. near Hayvenhurst
SOVA West – 8846 W. Pico Blvd. near Robertson
(818) 988-7682
jfsla.org/sova

Tomchei Shabbos
Shabbat and holiday kosher grocery delivery and other resources.
(323) 851-1000
tomcheishabbos.org

 


 

Immigrant Resources

Whether you say "Hello" in Farsi (سلام), Russian (Здравствуйтe) or Hebrew (םולש), these partners provide culturally sensitive services to immigrants in need.

LA ORT College
Offers ESL classes.
City: (323) 248-8555
Valley: (818) 382-6000
laort.edu

Resettlement/The Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Vocational Service
Pre-arrival refugee assistance, family immigration, naturalization, & post-resettlement vocational and social services.
(323) 935-5303

 


 

Iranian Resources 

These community partners serve the Iranian community.

Farsi Mental Health Services/Jewish Family Service
Mental health services in Farsi for low-income individuals.
(818) 432-5037 or (818) 432-5025
jfsla.org

Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center/Jewish Family Service
Services for older adults including care management, counseling, support groups, transportation, and meals. Services available in Farsi and English.
(310) 231-9228
jfsla.org

Iranian American Jewish Federation
An organization dedicated to the needs of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles.
(323) 654-4700
iajf.org

Iranian Peer Counseling Warmline/Jewish Family Service
Iranian immigrants can access services and receive information about available resources in Farsi.
(818) 464-2864
jfsla.org

JQ International
A facilitated support group and community events for Iranian LGBTQ teens, young adults, and their families.
(855) 574-4577
jqinternational.org

 


 

Israeli Resources

םיאבה םירפסמה רשקתה ,תירבעב הרזעל

Israeli American Council
Central organizing body of Israeli-Americans in Los Angeles.
(818) 836-6700
israeliamerican.org

Israeli Consulate
Services for Israelis in need living in or visiting L.A. embassies.
(323) 852-5500
gov.il/la

MATI Israeli Community Center
Provides programs for the Israeli community living in Los Angeles.
(818) 456-8527
maticenter.com

Stand by Me
Supportive services, including meals, support groups, counseling, transportation, and more, offered in Hebrew for Jewish Israelis with cancer.
(818) 664-4100
standbymela.org

 


 

Russian Resources

За помощью по-русски, звоните по этим номерам

West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center/Jewish Family Service
Social services for Russian West Hollywood residents over 18 years old. Recreational and social services for older adults.
(323) 851-8202
jfsla.org

 


 

Incarcerated Services 

Incarcerated Jews and their families should contact the partners below for support and advocacy during incarceration and after.

Aleph Institute
Religious, spiritual, legal, emotional, constitutional advocacy and reentry assistance for individuals in prison, mental health facilities and the U.S. armed forces, as well as their families.
(310) 598-2142
aleph-institute.org

Alternative Sentencing/Beit T’Shuvah
Advocates on behalf of those with drug and alcohol-related crimes to enter rehabilitation instead of incarceration.
(310) 204-5200
beittshuvah.org

Jewish Chaplaincy Services for Los Angeles Corrections Institutions/Kalsman Institute
Chaplaincy services including pastoral care, spiritual counseling, and Jewish learning for Jewish inmates at Men's Central Jail, the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and the Century Regional Detention Facility.
kalsman.huc.edu/ or jailchaplaincy@huc.edu

 


 

Legal Services

For free legal services, call the number below.

Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Free legal counsel including housing, debtors' rights and bankruptcy, guardianships and conservatorships, employment rights, and government services.

Main Office: (323) 939-0506
The Ezra Network:
(Legal counselor in synagogues)
(323) 549-5827
bettzedek.org or jewishla.org/ezra

Jewish Divorce Assistance Center of Los Angeles
Informal mediation services as well as emotional and logistical support to navigate a Jewish divorce.
(323) 473-5222
jdacla.org

 


 

Medical Support Services

When you or your loved ones are facing a health crisis, you are not alone. These community partners can provide a host of services to offer physical, financial, and emotional support.

Bikur Cholim/Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Services for Jewish families with serious illness including short-term housing during treatment, medical referrals, and equipment loans.
(323) 852-1900
www.bikurcholim.net

Brandman Centers for Senior Care/Los Angeles Jewish Home
Comprehensive medical care for nonresident seniors including primary medical care, rehabilitation, and home health.
(855) 774-8444
services.brandmanseniorcare.org

Chai Lifeline
Services for Jewish children with serious illnesses and their families including hospital support, counseling, camps, and family programs.
(877) 374-6331
www.chailifeline.org/westcoast

GeneTestNow
Raising awareness about Jewish genetic diseases and educating the community about the importance of pre-conception genetic screening.
(844) GENE-TEST/(844) 436-3837
GeneTestNow.com

The Jewish Bereavement Project/Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
Links to support groups and services at synagogues and agencies that provide information on Jewish bereavement, mourning rituals, and other grieving resources.
(213) 765-2180
jewishbereavement.org and kalsman.huc.edu/

Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles
Hospice services, spiritual care, and bereavement and funeral services.
(310) 277-1550
jhcla.org

LA Community Chaplaincy Services
On-call, private-pay Jewish and interfaith spiritual care.
(424) 888-4748
lacommunitychaplaincy.com

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care/Cedars-Sinai
Certified Jewish chaplaincy, palliative care and respite care for individuals facing terminal illness and their families.
(866) 278-7500
seasons.org

Skirball Hospice/Los Angeles Jewish Home
Palliative care and psychological support for individuals facing a chronic disease or terminal illness.
(877) 774-3040
skirballhospice.org

Stand by Me
Supportive services including meals, support groups, counseling, transportation, and more, offered in Hebrew for Israelis with cancer.
(818) 664-4100
standbymela.org

Tikvah Hospice/VITAS Innovative Hospice
Certified Jewish chaplaincy and palliative care for individuals facing terminal illness and continued support for bereaved families.
(800) 723-3233
vitas.com/California

 


 

Seniors and Holocaust Survivors 

The community partners below can help older adults, including Holocaust survivors, age in place through a variety of services and programs.

Elder Law/Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Free elder law services and assistance with conservatorships, elder abuse, and family caregiver rights.
(323) 939-0506
bettzedek.org

Holocaust Survivor Program/Jewish Family Service
Services for Holocaust survivors including Café Europa and Café Shalom social clubs, care management, counseling, in-home supportive services, assistance with reparations, financial assistance, and more.
(323) 937-5900
jfsla.org

Holocaust Survivor Services/Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Free legal support to Holocaust survivors applying for reparations, pensions, and other benefits.
(323) 549-5883
bettzedek.org

JFS Care/Jewish Family Service
In-home caregivers for seniors and adults.
(213) 383-2273
jfscare.org

Los Angeles Jewish Home
Multi-level senior living services from independent to dementia care.
(855) 227-3745
jha.org

Menorah Housing Foundation
Affordable independent-living apartment rentals for low-income seniors.
(310) 477-1476
menorahhousing.org

Senior Centers & Comprehensive Services/Jewish Family Service
Centers offer care management, meal programs, health and wellness, mental health services, transportation, in-home support, home safety modification, MSSP, and more. Financial pre-screening for Jewish free burial.
jfsla.org

Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center (310) 231-9228
11338 Santa Monica Blvd. near Sawtelle
Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center (323) 937-5900
330 N. Fairfax near Beverly Blvd.
Israel Levin Senior Center (310) 396-0205
201 Ocean Front Walk in Venice
Pico-Robertson Family Resource Center (310) 247-0534
8838 W. Pico Blvd. near Robertson
Valley Storefront Senior Center (818) 984-1380
12821 Victory Blvd. near Coldwater Canyon in N. Hollywood
West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center (323) 851-8202
7377 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood

Skirball Hospice/Los Angeles Jewish Home
Palliative care and psychological support for people and their families facing a terminal illness.
(877) 774-3040
skirballhospice.org,/

Westside JCC Senior Programs
Senior programming including wellness classes, holiday/social programs, and programs for frail seniors.
(323) 938-2531
westsidejcc.org

 


 

Special Needs/Disability Services
Children

The community partners listed below provide help to children with special needs, as well as much-needed support to the families who love them. There are many synagogues and camps that offer programming for families with children or adults with special needs. Visit hamercaz.org or lajac.org for more information.

Children with Special Needs Loans/Jewish Free Loan Association
Interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for diagnostic expenses, behavioral supports, and more.
(323) 761-8830
jfla.org

Friendship Circle
Provides social, recreational, and educational opportunities to Jewish children and teens with special needs and their families.

Conejo Valley Friendship Circle (818) 865-2233
friendshipcircleca.org
Friendship Circle by the Sea (Pacific Palisades) (310) 454-7783
fcpalisades.org
Friendship Circle of Los Angeles (310) 280-0955
fcla.org
Friendship Foundation of the South Bay (310) 214-6677
gotfriends.com
Valley Friendship Circle (Studio City) (818) 508-6633
valleyfriendshipcircle.com

HaMercaz/Jewish Family Service
One-stop referral service and support services for Jewish families with children with special needs.
(866) 287-8030
jfsla.org

Hand in Hand/Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue
Inclusion program that integrates youth of all abilities with mainstream peers in an after-school social program.
(310) 456-2178
mjcs.org

Hevrah Program/Far West Region USY
Program for Jewish teens with special needs.
(818) 986-0907
fwusy.net

JBI International (Jewish Braille Institute)
Free braille, large-print and audio publications of Jewish cultural, liturgical and educational material from The Jewish Braille Library. Available in seven languages including Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew and Spanish.
(323) 500-3700
jbilibrary.org

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
1-on-1 mentoring for siblings of children with special needs.
(323) 456-1155
jbbbsla.org

Jewish Life Programs/Vista Del Mar
Nes Gadol offers religious, cultural and arts programming for children with autism and other special needs.
(310) 836-1223 x209
vistadelmar.org/nesgadol/

OurSpace
Located at Temple Aliyah and Valley Beth Shalom, and serving the entire community, this program offers a full range of learning, social, and spiritual Jewish experiences for children, teens, and adults with special needs.
(818) 530-4069
ourspacela.org

Yachad
Inclusive Jewish social programming for children, teens, and adults with special needs.
(310) 229-9000 x206
yachad.org/losangeles/

 


 

Special Needs/Disability Services
Adults

The community partners listed below provide an array of services and programs for adults with special needs and their caregivers.

Adult Day Program/ETTA
Community-based adult day programs in the city (Isak Boruchin) and in the Valley (Conejo Day Program).
(818) 985-3882 ext. 238
etta.org

Assessment and Disability Services/Jewish Vocational Service
Comprehensive vocational evaluations of individuals with disabilities.
(323) 761-8888
jvsla.org

Chaverim/Jewish Family Service
Social-recreational club for Jewish adults with special needs.
(818) 464-3360
jfsla.org

Conservatorship Services/Bet Tzdedek Legal Services
Provides assistance to those seeking a conservatorship and powers of attorney for adults with special needs. Assists in obtaining Representative Payee status.
(323) 939-0506
bettzedek.org

Ezra Vocational Training/Camp Ramah in California
A seven-week vocational training program for young adults with special needs.
(310) 476-8571
ramah.org

JBI International (Jewish Braille Institute)
Free braille, large-print and audio publications of Jewish cultural, liturgical and educational material from The Jewish Braille Library. Available in seven languages including Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew and Spanish.
(323) 500-3700
jbilibrary.org

Jewish Deaf Community Center
A central resource for deaf, hard of hearing persons, and the community at large.
(818) 239-4448
jdcc.org or jdccnews@yahoo.com

Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC)/The Jewish Federation
The one-stop community resource for Jewish adults with special needs and their caregivers.
(323) 761-8105
lajac.org

The Miracle Project for Adults/The Miracle Project
Socialization program for adults with disabilities using Jewish music, dance, and storytelling.
(310) 829-7034
themiracleproject.org

OurSpace
Located at Temple Aliyah and Valley Beth Shalom, and serving the entire community, this program offers a full range of learning, social, and spiritual Jewish experiences for children, teens, and adults with special needs.
(818) 530-4069
ourspacela.org

Residential and Independent Living Services/ETTA
Residential, independent and supported living for adults with special needs, as well as recreational programs.
(818) 985-3882
etta.org

Shemesh Organic Farm Employment Program/Shalom Institute
Social enterprise venture that provides employment and internship opportunities for young adults with special needs.
(818) 889-5500
shalominstitute.com

 

If you or someone you know lives out of reach of these services, please visit jfna.org for more information.