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
Jewish Baby Network Helps a New Mom Reconnect with Her Roots and Find Her Community
  • News and Impact
  • Stories & Testimonials
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Karina Rosinzonsky came with her parents to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when she was ten years old. At the time, her parents reached out to the Legal Services department of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) for help obtaining green cards and resettlement, but that would only be the beginning of Karina and her family’s journey with JFCS and the surrounding Jewish community of the San Francisco Bay Area.     A Hidden Identity in the Former Soviet Union  Growing up, Karina’s parents never explained to her that they were Jewish, but she was aware that she and… Read More

Posted by Admin on February 22, 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
Dementia Care & Autonomy: JFCS Visits Amsterdam to Unlock the Secrets of the Hogeweyk Village 
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
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Staying on the cutting edge of treatments for people with memory loss and their families is vital for the industry-leading team behind JFCS’ Center for Dementia Care. That’s why, recently, we embarked on a transformative journey to explore what could be the future of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Joined by colleagues from Rhoda Goldman Plaza—JFCS’ premier assisted living community—our team traveled to Amsterdam for an exclusive and immersive training experience at the Hogeweyk.  Immersive Training with the Hogeweyk The Hogeweyk (pronounced HOH-guh-vaik), established in 2009, is a world-famous memory care community that shares JFCS’ specialized, person-centered philosophy of treatment.… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 10, 2024