Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul

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Jewish Family Service (JFS) has, since its inception more than 100 years ago, been renowned for its excellent and affordable child, adolescent, adult, couple and family counseling services.  At the broadest level, JFS therapists promote the emotional and behavioral wellbeing of the people they serve, assisting clients to overcome whatever life challenges they may face so that they can live the lives they desire.  Sometimes people need only a few therapy sessions to meet their needs, while others benefit from counseling support over the span of many years.

JFS has two professionally licensed and board-certified therapists:  Mitchell Wittenberg Ph.D. LP, a licensed psychologist and Beth Johnson LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Both specialize in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health issues for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  Concerns addressed include, but aren’t limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family problems, parenting, abuse, aging, grief and loss, life adjustment problems, and childhood emotional and behavioral difficulties.  JFS counseling staff also offer premarital counseling for couples preparing for marriage.

While JFS therapists specialize in working with Jewish family life issues, they serve individuals and families regardless of religion, income, heritage, or circumstance; one does not need to be Jewish to be seen at JFS.  All services are confidential, and JFS adheres to the strictest privacy standards.  Counseling is offered on a fee-for-service basis and therapeutic services at JFS are covered by a wide variety of health insurance plans.  A subsidized sliding fee based on family income is also available for those without insurance.

In addition to providing direct mental health services, JFS counseling staff also assist those persons seeking referral to other psychotherapeutic, family service, or support resources in the community.

To learn more about JFS counseling services, please call 651-698-0767 or email

To learn more about JFS counseling staff members, click on the links below:

Mitchell Wittenberg Ph.D. LP

Beth Johnson LMFT


Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, in partnership with Sholom Home, facilitates a grief support group. The group is designed to support people during the grief process in a nurturing and confidential environment.

The meetings offer participants a nurturing, confidential environment of support as they journey through the grieving process. The comfort, support, and validation gained by interacting with others in a similar position can be vital to the mental and physical well-being of the bereaved.

The group meets at the Sholom East Shaller Campus on the first Wednesday of the month from 3-4:30PM. The Sholom Ackerberg Camp group meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 3-4:30PM.

The group is free and open to the public.

For questions or to register, contact Deb Bundgaard at (612) 910-4926 or email her at DBUNDGAARD@SHOLOM.COM.

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