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If you or your relatives are immigrating to the San Francisco area as refugees or immigrants, we are available to provide excellent services to help you get on your feet.

JFCS has been welcoming and assisting newcomers for decades, and has resettled more than 45,000 individuals fleeing from the former Soviet Union, as well as Bosnia, Iran, Ethiopia, and other countries where persecution persists.

Resettlement caseworkers working in San Francisco, Marin, and the Peninsula are available to assist you in your transition to a new country. Caseworkers speak a variety of languages, including Russian, French, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew, and Ukrainian, so they can work with newcomers in their native languages.

Note: JFCS is an affiliate of the international Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

Services Offered

  • Financial assistance

  • English language classes

  • Bilingual case management, including regular meetings with families to help solve any problems and monitor progress

  • Loans and/or grants for vocational and professional development

  • Donations of household goods and clothing

  • Information and referral, including orientations about community and designated programs

  • Help obtaining government benefits and advocacy when needed

  • Bilingual individual and family counseling

  • English conversational practice volunteers

  • Day care for children from 2 years 9 months to kindergarten age at designated programs for the first year

  • Subsidized Jewish summer camp for children for their first two summers in the community

  • School consultations

  • L'Chaim Senior Center, which provides social day care for frail, Russian-speaking elderly

  • Legal immigration and advocacy assistance

  • Green-card processing

  • Special services for elderly and disabled

  • Citizenship-related services

  • The 79ers social program for young adults from the former Soviet Union

  • YouthFirst, a program for emigre teens


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San Francisco General Hospital - provides medical services, with Russian translation available. We also provide information about how the medical system works.

Jewish Community Center - provides English classes for work-age and senior newcomers; Russian-language lectures, social and recreational programs; New Life, a monthly Russian-Jewish newspaper, and after-school daycare programs for children up to age 12.

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) - provides a full range of employment services. JFCS also refers work-age and other interested newcomer refugees to Jewish Vocational Services to help find the earliest possible employment.


Masha Gutkin; 415-449-1240;
Emigre services are offered at our 2534 Judah Street office in San Francisco.

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