The JFCS Holiday Toy Drive Was a Big Success!
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Our Holiday Toy Drive was an incredible success and we couldn’t have done it without the many generous donations by our community members! You made the holiday so much brighter for children impacted by the North Bay fires and low-income families throughout the Bay Area.The numbers:700 toys were collected and distributed, including dolls, Legos, art supplies, over a dozen youth bicycles, 20 scooters, gift certificates, puzzles, athletic equipment, and more! 178 children and youth throughout the Bay Area received gifts. 500 rolls of wrapping paper were donated to make each gift special.Thank you again to everyone who… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 9, 2018
Rekindling with Fire
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The Press Democrat

By Meg McConahey

FAUX FLAMES MAY BE A GOOD IDEA FOR THE FIRE-TRAUMATIZED THIS YEAR

It’s the season of soft light, when candles are flickering and hearth fires roaring. But in the aftermath of October’s firestorms, which destroyed thousands of homes in Sonoma County and shrouded the air with heavy smoke for days, many people may find themselves looking warily at those flames that used to symbolize cozy comfort and peace.

“Fire has been one of those things that keeps us warm and has always had positive memories,” said Diana Klein, director of the Sonoma County Regional service for Jewish Family Childrens Services. “But as the holiday season of fire-lit nights at home swings into high gear, people may have a new relationship around fire.”

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Posted by Admin on December 16, 2017
JFCS Holiday Toy Drive Needs Your Help!
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Help make the holidays bright for children affected by the North Bay fires and for low-income families. This is a great way to involve your children in the meaning of tzedakah and in helping others during the holiday season.What’s Needed?New toys for children of all ages (unwrapped please) Gift cards—often great for all ages, (ToysRUs, Target, Amazon, etc.) Wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift tagsDeadline is December 8 We will wrap and distribute toys for the holidays to families who need them most. JFCS Drop Off Locations and Times 2150 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115 Mon. –… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 10, 2017
Happy Hanukkah!
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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!
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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
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