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The 32nd Annual Fammy Awards Gala Is on February 27, 2016 

Each year, hundreds of community leaders and JFCS friends gather for the Fammy Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco where we honor members of our community who are making a difference through service and leadership.

The 2015 gala featured a lively cocktail hour featuring hosted wine, specialty cocktails, and hors d’ oeuvres, plus a 150-item silent auction; a seated, three-course dinner with wine and dessert; a live band and dancing until midnight; several poignant videos that focus on JFCS' mission and pay tribute to the evening's honorees; and a dessert buffet featuring selections from some of San Francisco’s finest pastry chefs. Guests left with a wonderful appreciation gifta newly-published copy of Never the Last Road, A Partisan's Lifealong with many happy memories of an evening celebrating the contributions of so many to JFCS' humanitarian work.

For information, contact Lois Wander at 415-449-1264 or


The 15th Annual Émigré Community Gala Is on January 23, 2016

The Émigré Community Gala is Northern California’s largest event for Russian-speaking Jews and one of the largest annual events for the entire Jewish community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The hundreds of community members and JFCS friends who attend this annual affair look forward to the wonderful food, music, dancing, and opportunity to support an organization that provides effective and compassionate assistance to those in need.

In 2015, the 14th Annual Emigre Community Gala was held at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Multiple generations—including a record number of young leaders—came together to celebrate and strengthen our community in the Bay Area and Israel. Together, we raised more than $600,000 for essential services to children, families, and the frail elderly. It was an unforgettable party for a vital cause! See photos and sponsors from the 14th Annual Émigré Community Gala here.

The event is organized by the JFCS Émigré Gala Committee, which is comprised of leaders from the Bay Area émigré community. For information, contact Masha Gutkin at 415-449-1240 or



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Lois Wander, Director of Special Events and Projects; 415-449-1264;


In the late 1800s, the forerunner to JFCS—the Eureka Benevolent Society—hosted fundraising galas that were the “social event of the year.” Ever since then, we have been blessed with a family of loyal supporters who come together throughout the year, at events big and small, to raise funds, introduce new friends to JFCS, have fun, and honor the work we do to strengthen our community. Please join us!

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