Jewish groups reach out to help the unemployed

In an effort to reduce some of the stress that inevitably accompanies searching for a job, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay is organizing a support group for people on the hunt for a new career.  

To get it started, JFCS of the East Bay is offering a free five-part workshop that will provide techniques, resources and the support necessary for a successful job search. All sessions are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 2-30. 

Group facilitators Libby Granett and Valerie Rosenfield will touch on an array of topics, such as managing change and transition, dealing with frustration and anxiety, and keeping up the search and your spirits

Also slated for discussion are how-to tips on writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews and creating your own marketable brand for a potential employer.

Granett is director of human resources and operations for JFCS; Rosenfield is a JFCS therapist, specializing in areas of life planning.

A preregistration interview is required. For more information, call (510) 704-7480 ext. 278.

Also in the East Bay, Temple Isaiah in Lafayette continues to offer career services through EARN, the congregation’s employment and resource network.

On Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Experience Unlimited, a no-fee, career management center and job searching network group for business and technical professionals in the Bay Area, conducts, meets inside the synagogue’s social hall. 

Workshops on resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiations and related topics are offered. Information:

Other Bay Area religious organizations have also begun job boards and reached out to assist members struggling in the economic downturn; check with your local synagogue, JFCS office or Jewish Vocational Service, (415) 391-3800 or, for more information.