Proud to be Fighting Hate: The Story of the Pink Triangle
  • LGBTQ+
  • News and Impact
  • Holocaust Center
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As he does each year, state Senator Scott Wiener joined public officials and hundreds of volunteers on Saturday, June 8 for the 2024 Pink Triangle Ceremony, celebrating the annual installation of San Francisco’s singular Pink Triangle. The Pink Triangle was founded 29 years ago by Patrick Carney as a guerilla arts project. Covering an acre on Twin Peaks, viewable for miles around, it has become synonymous with Pride Month in San Francisco. The symbol, once used by the Nazis to identify and shame homosexuals in concentration camps, is now embraced by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of pride.… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 17, 2024
Allies at the Ready: How Quick Thinking Helped Build a Family Through Adoption
  • LGBTQ+
  • Adoption
  • Programs and Services
  • News and Impact
  • Stories & Testimonials
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by Michelle Nobriga, JD, MBA, Director of JFCS’ Adoption Connection For many aspiring same-sex parents, the path to building a family through open adoption was once littered with discriminatory, out-of-state legal barriers. Couples were often forced to make the heartbreaking decision of which partner would adopt as a single parent first, with the other initially labeled as their “roommate” on paperwork. The emotional turmoil was agonizing but accepted as the only option at the time. However, for some lucky couples in San Francisco, hope emerged when the city briefly issued same-sex marriage licenses in 2004. This move would eventually be… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2024
JFCS Financial Aid Helps Oakland Eco-Entrepreneurs Make Sustainable Shopping More Accessible
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Financial Assistance
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When Matt Zimbalist and his partner started Re-Up Refills, they set out to make sustainable, zero-waste living more accessible in their Bay Area community. But bringing that dream to fruition takes more than just passion—it requires financial support. That’s where JFCS’ Financial Aid Center stepped in, with a loan that helped Re-Up Refills take its impact to the next level. The seeds of Re-Up Refills were first planted at Urban Adamah, a Jewish farm and educational center in Berkeley, where Matt and his partner, Carly, met and connected over their shared values around environmental stewardship. After years of patronizing… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 2, 2024
Keeping Family Traditions Alive for JFCS’ Shupin Community
  • Donor Stories
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • People with Disabilities
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Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Shupin Social Club participants recently gathered for their annual Passover Seder, continuing a treasured tradition made possible by longtime JFCS supporters Suzanne and Michael Berke. “Our connection to the Shupin Community is very personal,” says Michael. “My niece Lana had special needs. She did not live long enough to enjoy being part of such a warm community. We love supporting services that would have meant so much to her.” Passover is a favorite holiday in Michael’s family. His mother, Elaine Berke, of blessed memory, was an inspiring leader of the community and loved to bring… Read More

Posted by Admin on April 19, 2024
Four Ideas to Guide You this Passover During the Israel-Hamas War
  • Counseling & Mental Health
  • Spiritual Services
  • Israel Response
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By Robyn Bloom, LMFT, Director of Adult Services and Rabbi Daniel Isaacson, Director of Spiritual Care at JFCS Every year during Passover, we share our homes with family and friends and tell the Jewish people’s story of liberation from slavery in Egypt. But this year, after the trauma of October 7 and the ensuing six months of war, some of us may feel worried about the upcoming holiday. How do we make meaningful Passover seders this year for everyone around our tables? How do we stay connected despite differences of opinion? Here are four principles, grounded in parts of the… Read More

Posted by Admin on April 8, 2024
Peninsula Jewish Community Golf Classic Raises $23,000 to Support JFCS Peninsula Food Banks
  • JFCS News
  • Nutrition Program
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On October 29, 2023, local synagogue members and men’s clubs teed off at Crystal Springs Golf Course for the 2023 Peninsula Jewish Community Golf Classic (PCJGC), raising over $23,000 to support JFCS’ Food Bank and nutrition programs on the Peninsula. The Peninsula Jewish Community Golf Classic has been held for the past 13 years. In 2021, the PJCGC Committee saw a chance to leverage the tournament’s success into a fundraising opportunity. Since then, the committee and its collaborators have generously supported Jewish Family and Children’s Services programs.  When asked why the tournament selected JFCS as its beneficiary, committee cofounder David… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 11, 2024
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