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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Suite 202, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Telephone: (408) 556-0600  |  Fax: (408) 551-0091  |  jfs@jfssv.org


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​​​​​​​​​​​Pastoral Counseling and Group Support

If you are interested in private pastoral counseling, call 408-806-3586 or email Rabbi Brickner at barneyb@jfssv.org or call 408-357-7451.


Rabbi Brickner, our JFS SV Coordinator of Community Wellbeing, also leads various support groups.



Counseling Support Groups


Rabbi Brickner is offering the following JFS SV community support groups.  Support groups help to provide tools and friendship through sharing ideas and resources with peers and professionals.  They are most helpful for families and friends needing “helpful hints.”


Wise Aging:  There is no set of instructions for getting older. On the other hand, those of us currently in this stage can count ourselves as part of an extraordinary, history-making generation - pioneers in understanding and making the most of this "third chapter" of life. 


Starting November 4th, the group will meet every 1st & 3rd Thursday via Zoom for eight weeks, from 10:30-11:30am.  For more details and the Zoom link, click here.


To learn more about participating in one of these groups, call 408-806-3586 or email Rabbi Brickner barneyb@jfssv.org.



Our professional counselors on staff, include:

Rabbi Barney Brickner, MA
Rabbi Brickner was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and has over 30 years of congregational and pastoral experience. Most recently, he was the Chaplain and Director of Mindfulness and Well-being for the Institute on Aging in San Francisco. In that capacity, he successfully developed a mindfulness and wellbeing program that promoted a safe, healthy and supportive workplace environment, resulting in reduced stress and anxiety for staff and clients.​ Rabbi Brickner can be reached at barneyb@jfssv.org.


Fern Adamkowski, MSW

Fern received her master’s degree in Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice in 2014. This program guided her in more deeply understanding the intersections of struggle, resilience, and healing.  She then went on to study social work and focused on integrative, trauma informed care. She received her Masters of Social Work in 2019. Her education guides her in her work and advocacy.  Fern will spend her time between case management with older adults and counseling adults of any age.  Fern can be reached at ferna@jfssv.org.

COVID-19 Update!

Remote Counseling Available


As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people at home, many of us struggle with high levels of anxiety and stress.


JFS is here to support you and is offering remote counseling services via Zoom video meetings or phone.  Fees are based on a sliding scale and evening hours are available.


For more information contact:

Fern Adamkowski ferna@jfssv.org

408-357-7450   OR


Rabbi Barney Brickner barneyb@jfssv.org

408-357-7451

JFS SV provides professional therapeutic counseling to individuals and families facing a range of issues and life challenges. We provide support to children, adults, and families during times of crisis or periods of transition.  Our counseling services are conducted Monday through Friday and are available on a sliding scale.  We provide:


  • Individual counseling services in a supportive, respectful and confidential environment
  • Counseling and support for families in crisis or dealing with relationship issues
  • Emotional support during times of transition (relocation, career change, divorce, empty nest, etc.)
  • ​Spiritual counseling integrates spiritual exploration and support to foster wholeness, healing, and growth

Counseling for Individuals & Families