Gail Belfer,
Director of Holocaust Survivor Services & Advocacy


Gail Belfer is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with dual degrees in social work and psychology. She earned her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in health and aging. Gail has worked as a social worker for nearly 25 years, 19 of them at JFCS. As a geriatric social worker, her specialties are grief and loss counseling, life transitions and caregiver counseling. She works with many Holocaust Survivors offering counseling and case management services. Gail is an experienced supervisor for staff and social work students and interns, and is trained as a  certified dementia practitioner and trainer. 

In Her Own Words:  “I believe in an integrative approach to counseling, which is client-centered, and includes cognitive behavioral theory and strength based practice. Making a difference in individuals’ lives and having a positive impact on one’s community is something I am passionate about. It is an honor and privilege to play a role in enhancing the lives of seniors, helping them reach their potential, as well as, advocating on their behalf. I hope that clients will benefit from the emotional support and guidance offered during our sessions. I hope to help them learn problem solving and coping skills so they can approach future challenges in life with confidence and self-worth.”