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Synagogue-based Bereavement Service Listings
 

The following listings, in alphabetical order, are support groups and services provided by Los Angeles area synagogues of all denominations. Most synagogue rabbis will briefly counsel congregants after a loss, and some will also meet briefly with community members who are not congregants. Some support groups are housed at, rather than managed by, these synagogues. Most of these support groups are open to the public.

Most synagogues provide daily and Shabbat services for all mourners to pray and recite the Kaddish with a community; contact your nearest synagogue for more details. You can link to www.jewishla.org and navigate to the ‘Community Guide’ option on the side of the page for synagogue contact information.

Beth Chayim Chadashim
6000 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
323-931-7023
www.bcc-la.org
" The Coping With Loss Support Group"
"Bereavement-And-Beyond" resource, providing support for people of all sexual orientations who are coping with the loss of a loved one, or a lifecycle loss such as the loss of one's job. Two meetings a month.

Board of Rabbis of Southern California
6505 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #430
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-761-8600
E-mail: boardofrabbis@jewishla.org
An "Emergency Chaplaincy Service" is available for unaffiliated patients in critical or imminent death situations in L.A. County hospitals or medical centers. Requests should be made by a staff member at the facility.

Chabad
West Coast Headquarters
800-CHABAD-9
310-208-7511
www.chabad.com
Congregations in most Los Angeles County cities. Chabad rabbis serve as bereavement counselors for those in and outside the Chabad community. Rabbis are also available to make home visits.

Temple Adat Elohim
2420 East Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805-497-7101
E-mail: adatelohim@earthlink.net
www.adatelohim.com
Please inquire about available groups.

Temple Akiba
5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, California 90230
310-398-5783
E-mail: TemAkiba@aol.com
www.TempleAkiba.net
Bereavement support groups for those who have lost a parent, spouse, friend or child. Open to the community, no fee. Facilitated by licensed practitioner. Please call for more details.

Temple Isaiah
10345 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-277-2772
www.templeisaiah.com
E-mail: Shalom@templeisaiah.com
Bereavement support group for people over fifty who have lost a spouse. Please call for details.

Temple Israel of Hollywood
7300 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-876-8330
www.tioh.org
E-mail: Shalom@tioh.org
Ongoing pre- and post-natal support group, open to the public. The leaders have been trained by the Southern California Pregnancy and Loss Group. Please call for details.

Temple Judea
Temple Judea Community Outreach Counseling Center
5429 Lindley Ave.
Tarzana, CA 91356
818-780-4994
www.templejudea.com/outreach.html
E-mail: info@templejudea.com
Widow/Widowers support group and individual counseling provided by volunteers who have been through intensive training and are supervised by licensed professionals. Please call for details.

University Synagogue
Support groups provided by the Westside Chapter of The Compassionate Friends
11960 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-889-7726
www.compassionatefriends.org
E-mail: barbarapapkoff@aol.com
Support groups for parents who have lost children or for siblings who are in mourning. Please call for details.

Westwood Kehilla
10523 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310-441-5288
www.kehilla.org
Rabbis available for individual counseling and kaddish minyanim.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Irmas Campus
11661 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
213-388-2401
www.wilshireboulevardtemple.org
E-mail: pwallace@wbtla.org
Bereavement group for adults who have lost a spouse, led by Jewish Family Service West Los Angeles. Please call 213-388-2401 for more information. Ongoing bereavement support for individuals who have lost a spouse, either in the first or second year after a loss. Offered by the H.O.P.E. Unit Foundation. Please call 818-788-HOPE for further information.

Valley Beth Shalom
15739 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA 91436
818-788-6000
www.vbs.org
Bereavement support groups for those who have experienced family loss or are widows or widowers, offered by the H.O.P.E Unit Foundation. Please call for details.

 
   
© 2006 The Jewish Bereavement Project. Designed by Karin Mueller. Supported by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.