Jon Levinson: Strengthening Community through Personal Connection
  • Meet Our Leaders
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Jon Levinson is a pillar of our community. After attending U.C. Berkeley and serving in the Army, Jon met his future wife, Diane, while working for her cousin. The two were engaged a week after first meeting and have been happily married for 55 years. The couple settled in San Carlos and raised two sons and a daughter. Jon is a devoted member of his synagogue, Beth Jacob, where he has been a member for over 50 years. It is through his synagogue that Jon was initially introduced to JFCS. A friend suggested he get involved with our organization because… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 5, 2019
JFCS Provides Critical Services to Combat Isolation and Loneliness
  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Seniors
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Known as America’s quietest health risk, social isolation and loneliness affects people indiscriminately. From tweens to seniors and from stay-at-home parents to CEOs, many suffer in silence from the physical and mental health issues related to isolation and loneliness. Through the efforts of JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth (CCY) and Seniors At Home (SAH), JFCS is combating isolation by providing critical services and resources for those afflicted.In a time when there are so many ways to stay connected (email, text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.), why are so many of our youth feeling isolated and lonely? The percent… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 5, 2019
Starting over in San Francisco
  • Bequests
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Vera Stein’s desire to give back was born from her personal experience fleeing Nazi Germany as a young child in 1939. When Vera was just five years old, her father, Eric Livingston, was taken to Dachau following Kristallnacht. The family had already obtained visas to leave the country, so they were fortunate enough to get Eric out of Dachau and flee to the United States. They traveled by boat to New York, an experience Vera recalls being a miserable, seasick-filled journey, where they spent two months before eventually making their way to San Francisco. Eric had previously visited the city… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 14, 2019
Emergency Assistance for California Wildfires
  • Emergency Assistance
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With winds escalating, the Kincade fire spreading, and a PG&E shut off in almost a million households, many in our community are being evacuated and many others are losing power. Many don’t know whether their homes or businesses will remain standing. Jewish Family and Children’s Services is ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our community are safe during this time. We are partnering closely with other organizations in Marin and Sonoma counties, and are providing financial, practical, and emotional support to those who need it. If you are in need of assistance you can call JFCS’ on-call number at… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2019
Oded Hermoni: Building Bridges with the Bay Area’s Israeli Community
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JFCS Board member Oded Hermoni has a very impressive background in the tech industry. However, in addition to his professional expertise as a start-up founder, board member, adviser, and venture capitalist, Oded is uniquely positioned to act as a bridge builder between the American Jewish community and the many thousands of Israelis who live and work in Silicon Valley, as he is now part of both groups. Jerusalem-born Oded began his career as a journalist covering the country’s flourishing technology sector. He soon took an active role in the technology sector himself by founding two start-up companies, one of which… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 16, 2019