How to help San Bruno fire victims

Several Jewish organizations are accepting donations to help victims of the devastating fire, caused by an exploding gas pipeline, in San Bruno’s Crestmoor neighborhood Sept. 9. At least four people died and 37 homes were destroyed in the massive blaze.

  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services is collecting donations through their website. To donate, go to To specify that your donation should go to fire victims, choose “Mid-North Peninsula” as the region and “Other” as the service, then write in “San Bruno fire.” JFCS is also offering assistance with temporary housing and other direct services, including trauma counseling and access to its food pantry, to fire victims. If you are aware of a member of the community who is in need of assistance, contact Gayle Zahler at (415) 449-1286 or
  • The S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation is accepting donations at, or mail a check to The Jewish Community Federation – San Bruno Emergency Fund, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105.
  • Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame is taking donations for its emergency relief fund, of which 100 percent of donated funds will go to help impacted San Bruno families. To donate, go to or mail a check to Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.