Longtime JFCS Volunteer Leaves a Legacy of Caring
  • Bequests
  • Endowment
  • Legacy Giving Stories
  • Holocaust Center
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When asked about the secret to her long life, Hilda Richards once said, “I am definitely an optimist, and I think that has helped me very much.” Hilda, a true gem of our community, passed away this April at the age of 104. A resident of San Francisco for more than 84 years, Hilda was a survivor of the Holocaust. She arrived in San Francisco from Germany in 1938 with just $10, joining her sister, who had emigrated two years prior. The sisters remained close throughout their lives. Known for her joie de vivre, Hilda was part of the fabric… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 20, 2022
Savvy Planning: Your Will or Estate Plan
  • Education
  • Seniors
Two out of three Americans do not have crucial estate planning documents in place. Without a will or trust that states your wishes, you leave important decisions up to a local court and state laws. Whether you are just starting to think about estate planning or have a plan in place, these tips from JFCS Board member and Endowment Committee Chair Natacha Kolb, an estate planning attorney, and Rebecca Paul, Director of JFCS’ Fiduciary Services and a licensed attorney, will help you stay on top of your planning. Prepare these four priority documents to record your wishes around health care,… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2022
California Legislature Budgets Record-Setting Funding for Holocaust Education and Survivor Assistance in 2022-23
  • JFCS News
  • Education
  • Press Releases
  • Holocaust Center
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The California Assembly and Senate have released their joint budget agreement, a critical step in the State’s annual budget approval process. It includes two of our Jewish community’s most important priorities—Holocaust and genocide education and caring for vulnerable survivors. Anita Friedman, JFCS’ Executive Director, says, “The voice of California’s Jewish Community has been heard. Now our survivors can continue to age with dignity and every child in our State will learn about antisemitism, about the Holocaust, and about how—and why—to stand up against hate.” These critical funds include: $3 million to renovate and expand the JFCS Holocaust Center. The JFCS… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2022
JFCS Leaders Urge Legislators to Expand Mental Health Support 
  • Counseling & Mental Health
  • Center for Children and Youth
  • JFCS News
  • YouthFirst
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There is overwhelming evidence that today’s youth are facing a mental health crisis. A recent ACLU survey found that 45% of California students feel depressed, while CDC data shows that mental health-related emergency room visits are up 31% for people aged 12 – 17. It is clear why the American Academy of Pediatrics has declared children’s mental health a national emergency and clear too that action needs to be taken. As a leading provider of mental health services, JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth (CCY) is witnessing this crisis firsthand. The obvious need for action inspired CCY’s experienced advocacy team… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 23, 2022
Koret Fellows Reflect on a Year of Service
  • JFCS News
  • Education
  • YouthFirst
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Over the last year, JFCS’ Koret Fellows empowered Bay Area teens to bring about change while supporting communities in need. Thanks to their efforts, local youth learned about issues affecting seniors, children, families, and our society as a whole and applied what they learned to design and implement a wide variety of impactful service projects. As their fellowships draw to a close, we are celebrating the contributions of these talented emerging leaders, whose creativity, skills, and dedication inspired youth and helped our community. Meet the 2021 – 2022 JFCS Koret Fellows Carla Naylor What does it mean to you to… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 11, 2022
Volunteers Are at the Heart of JFCS’ Food Bank
  • Nutrition Program
  • Volunteers
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Thanks to generous donations and dedicated volunteers, JFCS Food Banks are able to serve thousands in our community every year. We are thrilled to welcome Jill Kulick, Marian Sosnick, and Sara Green as our new Peninsula Food Bank chairs! These three dedicated women devote their time to volunteering at the JFCS Food Bank and supporting our community in many ways. For Jill Kulick, the thought of hunger in her backyard was gut-wrenching. She knew she wanted to help however she could. During the pandemic, Jill had been donating to her synagogue’s food drive when her friend introduced her to JFCS’… Read More

Posted by Admin on April 21, 2022
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