For eight special nights beginning this year on December 24, we light the candles and celebrate anew the happy and ancient Festival of Lights—Hanukkah.
Approximately 2,000 years ago in 165 BCE, and led by a small group of principled Jews named the Maccabees, the brutal rule of the Syrian Greeks was overthrown and the Jews were once again free to continue their traditions, religion, and community. They were finally free to be themselves—to practice Judaism as they wished, and to be openly proud of who they were and what they stood for.
Judaism properly understood is both an ethical system… Read More
Posted by Admin on December 22, 2016
Shanah Tovah U’Metukah!
This Sunday evening we begin the ten day period known as “The Ten Days of Repentance,” which span the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A lot of meaning gets lost when translating the word “repentance,” however. The word in Hebrew is “teshuva,” which literally means “returning.” Thus this period of time is set aside in the Jewish year for “returning”—returning to our authentic selves, to our relationships with family, community, and God, and to the values and ideals that we strive to uphold. They provide us an opportunity to stop, look inward, and consider that which is most… Read More
Posted by Admin on September 30, 2016
3 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Create a Sweet New Year for All
- Nutrition Program
Apples dipped in honey, round loaves of challah, honey cake: just some of the special foods we eat on Rosh Hashanah that signify our hope for a “sweet new year.” But for many JFCS clients, the holiday isn’t often very sweet.
Together—with your help—we can make sure everyone in our community feels the joy of the High Holiday season!
Here’s how you can help:
Assemble and Delivery Rosh Hashanah Food Packages
We are currently looking for volunteers to assemble and deliver Rosh Hashanah foods
for seniors, immigrant families, people with disabilities, and other families in need.”
This special food delivery… Read More
Posted by Admin on September 12, 2016
Back to School: New Holocaust ed program launched in San Francisco
- JFCS in the News
By Dan Pines
When Bay Area public school students return to class in August, their education on the Holocaust will take a new and decidedly musical turn.
The S.F.-based JFCS Holocaust Center has launched “The Children of Willesden Lane Bay Area Big Read,” a course for middle- and high school students.
Read more at the J Weekly >
Posted by Admin on July 28, 2016
Three Volunteer Opportunities to Help Make the Holidays Brighter for Clients in Need
For many of us, the holiday season is a time of comfort, celebration and joy. But for individuals and families in need, this time of year can prove particularly difficult or lonely.
JFCS volunteers are gathering together to lovingly provide gifts, meals and comfort to the members of our community who need it most.
If you’re looking to give back this holiday season, join us for any of three festive volunteering opportunities that everyone in the family can take part in.
Volunteer Thanksgiving Weekend at St. Anthony’s
Did you know that one in five adults in San Francisco struggles to… Read More
Posted by Admin on November 4, 2015