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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  |

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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

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. The education she received guides her in her work and advocacy.  Fern will spend her time between case management with older adults and counseling with adults of any age.

Fern can be reached at

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 at, 408-357-7450  OR

Rabbi Barney Brickner at, 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 that integrates spiritual exploration and support to foster wholeness, healing, and growth

Counseling for Individuals & Families