JFCS Emergency Assistance in Sonoma County
  • Emergency Assistance
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Check this page frequently for upcoming events and services. Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Sonoma County is open for all who have been affected by the fires and are in need of recovery assistance. Our expert case managers and clinicians are working directly with individuals in need of trauma support and counseling, short-term loans, gift cards, transportation, and skilled technical assistance and advocacy with filing of insurance claims. HOW TO GET HELP Contact JFCS for help at 707-303-1500 or email sonoma@jfcs.org. JFCS’ Santa Rosa office is open at 1360 N. Dutton Avenue, Suite C, Monday through Friday, 9:00… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2018
‘The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc’ Wins Prestigious Award
  • Holocaust
  • JFCS News
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Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto—first published by the JFCS Holocaust Center—has been awarded this year’s Historical Award by Polityka, Poland’s top newsmagazine. The handwritten diary—miraculously discovered intact amidst the rubble at Auschwitz—is a moving account of the life and dreams of 14-year-old Polish girl Rywka Lipszyc. After more than 70 years in obscurity, the diary was finally published in 2014 and soon after became a worldwide success. The diary has gone on to be translated and published in 15 countries, including Poland. The award, initiated in 1959, is the oldest award in Poland… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2018
The Gary Shupin Community—A Dream Realized for Persons Who Have Developmental Challenges
  • Donors
  • Named Funds
  • People with Disabilities
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Gerson Bakar z’l, a Beloved Visionary, Remembered You might not know of Gerson Bakar z’l by name but you have almost certainly seen his work in San Francisco. Levi’s Plaza, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the UCSF Mission Bay campus—these are just a few of the iconic San Francisco institutions that Gerson helped bring to life. Gerson, who passed away last June, supported many charitable projects yet it was giving back to his Jewish Community that brought him the most satisfaction, saying, “Asking me why the ‘Jewish Community’ is important to me is like asking me why the… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2018
Major Depression Among Teens Is on the Rise—You Can Help
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Youth
Dear Friend, Julie’s mom came home from waiting tables one evening and found her daughter unconscious. Lying next to her was an empty bottle of sleeping pills. Amazingly, Julie’s life was saved at the emergency room, but it was a very close call. Her cry for help needs to be addressed with ongoing care. Julie isn’t alone in her worries. Reports of major depression have increased by 37 percent nationwide. Experts blame everything from academic pressure to online bullying—and now, sadly, the very real fear of gun violence—as the reasons so many young people seriously contemplate suicide or resort to… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2018
Weathering the Storms of Adolescence: To Hold on or Let Go?
  • Parenting
  • Youth
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During the storms of adolescence it’s a tricky balance for parents to know when to offer support and when to let go. We all want our young adults to be prepared for life, and not be stifled by a “failure to launch” into adulthood. So what’s the best way to foster independence and responsibility? And how is JFCS’ Parents Place Child and Family Clinical program and Parent Coaching program helping families get set up for success? We recently sat down with Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, child and adolescent therapist at JFCS’ Parents Place in Palo Alto, to find out. What… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 9, 2018