JFCS Scholarship Winners Overcome Obstacles and Embody Jewish Values
  • Education
  • Financial Assistance
  • Youth
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Upon receiving the news that he had been chosen to receive a scholarship by JFCS’ Financial Aid Center, Avery Cruz was at a total loss for words. But his mother, Deborah, was able to find some, saying, “You have no idea what this means! I was so worried about how we were going to afford college next year.” Avery and Viviane Lorvan, the two recipients of this year’s Vivienne S. Camp Scholarship, awarded annually, embody the most admirable aspects of the next generation of the Jewish community. Their resilience against adversity, coupled with their commitment to academic growth, made them… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 19, 2018
Cash for College Workshops
  • Education
  • Financial Assistance
JFCS’ Financial Aid Center and YouthFirst are joining forces to help high school students and their parents start thinking about financing college in this simultaneous two-track workshop! TEEN TRACK A diverse panel of Bay Area college students discuss how they chose their school and how they are paying for college. A Q/A period will follow to answer teens’ specific questions about their college choice such as location, course study, state versus private, financing, work-study, and more. PARENT TRACK Before your college-bound teen applies to schools the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form needs to be accurately submitted. Parents… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 8, 2018
Sweet Success: Women-Owned Businesses Make Big Gains with JFCS Loans Program
  • Financial Assistance
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Artisanal food products—everything from the tastiest mandelbrot cookie imaginable to the most delicious small-batch jams—are more popular than ever in the Bay Area, but did you know that since day one—that’s almost 170 years ago—JFCS has been supporting just these types of small businesses? It started with revolving loans funds. After the Gold Rush generous donors wanted to help entrepreneurial Jewish individuals specifically for one purpose: to make it possible to grow a small business, especially for those who typically would not otherwise qualify for bank loans. Barriers for Women in Business We’ve come a long way since the early… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 13, 2018
JFCS Serves Sonoma County in Major Fire Recovery Efforts
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Financial Assistance
  • JFCS News
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Moving from Emergency Response to Long-Term Recovery Two months have passed since fires swept through the North Bay, leaving in their wake incredible destruction and thousands homeless, jobless, and emotionally scarred. JFCS hit the ground running, working to support the community. Thanks to generous donations from supporters like you, our Sonoma County office has become a community hub where individuals and families are receiving the services they need to re-build their lives and heal. Thank you for your help!Emergency Response and Ramping Up In the initial weeks after the fires JFCS staff witnessed survivors in shock. Over 250 families… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 19, 2017
Loneliness stops here. Caring starts with you.
  • Financial Assistance
  • Holocaust
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
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“I want to die with dignity.” Nora is a client of Jewish Family and Children’s Services whose story and strength I find inspiring. She has not only survived the Holocaust, she’s outlived her husband and son. Now, at 93, she’s been diagnosed with cancer. When Nora reached out to JFCS, she tearfully said she hadn’t spoken to anyone in two weeks and that getting around on her own was painful. With no living relatives and only a small fixed income to pay her bills, Nora needs our help. “I was 17 years old when the Nazis took us from our… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 8, 2017
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