In the Wake of the Pandemic, We Must Take Care of Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
By Susan Carroll, Director of Family Support Services at JFCS  COVID-19 significantly impacted us all—whether we experienced a reduction in our capacity to earn a living, were separated or isolated from loved ones, or, whether we agreed or not, we experienced our activities of daily living as dictated by powers beyond ourselves. Sadly, these are common occurrences for persons experiencing domestic violence (DV)—feeling powerless over what you can do, who you can see, where you can go, or how long you can spend there. Imagine if you can, the impact that COVID-19 restrictions have had on your stress levels, mental… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2021
JFCS’ Advocacy Efforts Are Fighting Antisemitism
  • JFCS News
  • Education
  • Holocaust Center
The Never Again Education Act of 2021 (SB 693) is on its way through the state legislature, thanks to unwavering support from Senator Henry Stern, author of the Bill, the California State Jewish Caucus, and the leadership of the JFCS Holocaust Center along with the USC Shoah Foundation and the ADL. The bill, which will expand teacher training, materials, and opportunities for enhancing Holocaust and genocide education across the state, addresses the growing knowledge gap among young Americans about the Holocaust and other recent genocides. The Key to Fighting Antisemitism Morgan Blum Schneider, Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center, says… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 15, 2021
Ask the Expert: Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Endowment
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
We often receive questions about two types of investment vehicles that sound similar and operate very differently: charitable gift annuities (CGAs) and charitable remainder trusts (CRTs). In this article, Ken Dike, Esq., of Clifford Swan Investment Counselors, helps to break down the differences and answer common questions. By Ken Dike, Esq., CPA, CLPF, Executive Director of Planned Giving Services at Clifford Swan Investment Counselors What is a charitable gift annuity (CGA)? What are the benefits? A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is an arrangement whereby assets are given to a charity in return for the charity’s promise to make lifetime payments… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2021
Continuing a Family’s Commitment to Repairing the World
  • Donor Stories
  • Bequests
  • Endowment
  • News and Impact
  • Named Endowment Funds
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“JFCS has helped my family and countless others in times of need,” says Howard S. Hahn, when reflecting on his recent decision to leave a legacy to help others facing hard times. “My parents raised me with Jewish values. Tikkun olam was especially important.” A native of New York City, Howard arrived in San Francisco for a visit not long after he graduated from college. He found a city and community he wanted to get to know better. “I never used the roundtrip part of the paper plane ticket,” Howard says. “I quit my job over the phone and stayed.”… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2021
Heroes of JFCS: Zhenya Friedman Takes Care of the Emigre Community
  • Heroes of JFCS
  • Nutrition Program
  • Seniors
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Zhenya Friedman believes that the line between giving and receiving is very thin. For over a decade, Zhenya has dedicated her time to volunteering and helping others, and in that time she has touched countless lives with her warm presence and kind spirit. Yet Zhenya believes that she definitely gets back more than she gives. Originally from the Soviet Union, Zhenya volunteers mainly with JFCS’ Emigre Services, supporting members of the Bay Area’s Russian-speaking Jewish community. As a ‘Master Volunteer,’ she leads fifteen other volunteers with JFCS’ Food Bank in Marin County. Somehow, in between coordinating deliveries, managing client… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2021
From Seven to Seventy-Seven, JFCS’ Mental Health Services Support the Whole Family
  • Counseling & Mental Health
  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Seniors
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Two Stories of Hope and Healing Seven-year-old Maddie didn’t leave her house for an entire year during the pandemic. While her classmates returned to school, Maddie continued learning remotely and recently, everything from schoolwork to getting dressed in the morning has become a painful power struggle with her parents. Anxiety is running high—even though Maddie’s parents are vaccinated against COVID-19 now, the family feel afraid to leave their home. Stephanie Agnew, Interim Director of Parents Place at JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth, is hearing from many children and parents who are suffering from anxiety as life begins to… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2021