Social Services

Career Coaching

In a changing job market, Jewish agencies offer counseling, help in resume; writing, informational seminars, and retraining and rehabilitation, enabling job seekers to update their skills.

South Bay

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Road, Suite 202 Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7459 Fax: (408) 551-0091 helens@jfssv.org www.jfssv.org/employment.html
Director of career services Helen Sappa (408) 357-7452 helens@jfssv.org
Director of refugee and employment programs Zoya Lazer zoyal@jfssv.org

Services include connection to employers, career development, bilingual case management and career counseling, employment  networking services, vocational English as a second language, job search skills and readiness programs, basic computer skills training, and information and referral services.

San Francisco

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service)

225 Bush St., Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org
Executive director Abby Snay

Career coaching is available to anyone who is looking for career guidance. For a fee, JVS can help clarify career goals, plan a career transition or resolve issues that interfere with career satisfaction and growth. Topics covered in coaching sessions may include career assessment and planning, work issues, executive job search, job transitions after age 50 and more.

Counseling & Support

The agencies and organizations below offer specialized services. In addition, see the Family Service Agencies listing at the beginning of this chapter for a complete listing of JFCS services and branches. Also see Health & Medical listings in this chapter. The Bereavement section in Chapter 3, Lifecycles, deals specifically with mourning and loss.

East Bay


Shalom Bayit: Ending Domestic Violence in Jewish Homes

P.O. Box 10102 Oakland, CA 94610
Counseling, toll-free: (866) SHALOM-7 (742-5667) / Business: (510) 451-8874 /Peninsula office: (650) 574-SAFE (574-7233) Fax: (510) 451-8875 info@shalom-bayit.org www.shalom-bayit.org/ Teens: www.love-shouldnt-hurt.org
Executive director Naomi Tucker
Youth program coordinator Zephira Derblich-Milea


Offers counseling, support groups, healing and advocacy for women in abusive/controlling relationships (present or past). Provides healthy relationship education to Jewish youth and parents of teens, as well as community education, consultation and training to Jewish community groups and professionals. Programs, teen workshops and counseling available throughout the Bay Area by appointment.

Bay Area

JFCS Counseling Services

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1212 www.jfcs.org
Marin: (415) 419-1212
Peninsula: (650) 688-3034
Sonoma County: (707) 303-1500

Experienced clinicians help individuals, couples and families meet life’s challenges. Expertise in depression, grief and loss, anxiety, loneliness, significant life transitions, separation and divorce, job loss and illness. Grief support groups address the emotional, spiritual, and psychological aspects of the grieving process in a safe and supportive environment.

San Francisco

Dream House

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1243 KelseyF@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Kelsey Friedman

Transitional housing and a range of supportive services including case management, counseling, and job-skills training to help restore women and children who have suffered domestic violence to self-sufficiency. Residents stay at Dream House for an average of 12 months in a drug- and alcohol-free program.

South Bay

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Road, Suite 202 Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7456 / (408) 357-7425 Fax: (408) 551-0625 annab@jfssv.org www.jfssv.org/counseling.html
Project NOAH social worker Anna Bennett, ACSW

Support services for preschoolers through high school students, their parents and teachers; parenting support services to help deal with child-rearing challenges; crisis counseling and Project NOAH emergency assistance (including food assistance) during times of transition.

Peninsula

The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford Medicine

300 Pasteur Drive, Suite HG004 Stanford, CA 94305-5625
(650) 723-3808 Fax: (650) 725-8907 lallen@stanfordhealthcare.org www.stanfordhealthcare.org/jewishchaplaincy
Director Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, M.D.
Program coordinator Linda Allen

Where Jewish wisdom joins modern medicine, bringing spiritual comfort and healing to the bedside and community. The Jewish chaplain and trained Jewish spiritual care volunteers at  Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford provide spiritual comfort and guidance for Jewish patients, families and staff, tailored to individual beliefs and needs. The chaplaincy also works with local synagogues and organizations to support patients and their families while they are in the hospital and when they return to their homes. At Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford hospitals, the chaplaincy provides programs that educate medical students, physicians, health care professionals, chaplains and volunteers of all backgrounds in the healing role of spirituality and religion.

Disability Services

Bay Area

Disabilities Services




Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1214/ TDD: (415) 567-1044 Fax: (415) 449-1229 KarleyA@jfcs.org http://www.jfcs.org/find-help/people-with-disabilities/

Comprehensive services and support for individuals with disabilities, chronic illnesses or HIV/AIDS, including case management, counseling and support, meal delivery, personal/home care. Independent living community for young adults with developmental disabilities in San Francisco and a social club for young adults throughout the region.

South Bay

Hatikvah

577 N. Central Ave. Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 379-0106 HatikvahHouse.org
President David Hurwitz
Dolores Wade

Jewish group home for developmentally disabled adults. Independent-living training. Provides social, recreational and support programs for area families.

San Francisco

Services for Adults with Disabilities at JVS

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) 
 225 Bush St., Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org
Executive director Abby Snay

Helps adults with disabilities develop a job search plan, network with employers and strengthen their personal brand (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and more).  Welcome sessions held every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Registration is not required.

Émigré Services

Jewish community agencies offer help to new immigrants in a number of areas: housing, job training and placements, loans and cash assistance, day care, social services, language classes and citizenship preparation. Other services are provided through synagogues and JCCs.

Peninsula

Émigré Services Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

Palo Alto 200 Channing Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 688-3050 Fax: (650) 688-3054 emigre@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Elena Tverskoy

Comprehensive services for the Russian-speaking community. Russian, Hebrew and English bilingual staff help the newly immigrated successfully navigate their new lives in the Bay Area and help manage transitions; services include legal help, citizenship classes, counseling and more.

San Francisco

Émigré Services Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

San Francisco 2534 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 449-2900 Fax: (415) 449-2944 emigre@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
LCSW Basia Leaffer

Comprehensive services for the Russian-speaking community. Russian, Hebrew and English bilingual staff help the newly immigrated successfully navigate their new lives in the Bay Area, and help manage transitions; services include: legal help, citizenship classes, counseling and more.

San Francisco

L’Chaim Adult Day Health Center

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2534 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 449-2900 Fax: (415) 449-2944 emigre@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org/find-help/seniors/lchaim-health-center
Contact: Anna Borovik

Licensed facility and community-based adult service (CBAS) outpatient center, providing medical, social and therapy services for disabled adults (18 and older) and elderly persons with a range of health conditions. The center serves Russian émigré clients from San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

East Bay

Refugee & Immigrant Services

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay Contra Costa County Fax: 1855 Olympic Blvd., Suite 200 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 927-2000 Fax: (925) 927-3131 aweiss@jfcs-eastbay.org www.jfcs-eastbay.org/refugee-resettlement/
Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services Amy Weiss

Provides immediate services upon a refugee or immigrant's arrival, as well as ongoing guidance as newcomers learn to live in a new country. Case managers and volunteers become an invaluable support system, helping families build community, navigate the health care system, and much more. The staff is well trained to deal with issues related to the effects of war, relocation, conflicting cultural values, and differing child-rearing practices.

South Bay

Refugee Resettlement & Émigré Acculturation Services

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road, Suite 202 Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7457/ (408) 357-7458 Fax: (408) 551-0091 azitae@jfssv.org www.jfssv.org/refugee-services.html
Resettlement coordinator Azita Eshagh (408) 357-7457 azitae@jfssv.org
Coordinator of Holocaust Survivor and Émigré Services Galina Chyorny (408) 357-7458 galinac@jfssv.org

Refugee resettlement, multilingual case management, information and referral, health services orientation, vocational ESL classes and training, citizenship program, emergency food, social adjustment program.

Family Service Agencies

San Francisco

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

San Francisco — main office 2150 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1200/ TDD: (415) 345-1927 Fax: (415) 449-3839 execofo@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Executive director Dr. Anita Friedman

Full range of services for individuals and families: Parents Place programs, Seniors At Home services, counseling and emergency assistance, YouthFirst, services for people with disabilities, Holocaust survivor services, Adoption Connection.

North Bay

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties

Sonoma County 1360 N. Dutton Ave., Suite C Santa Rosa, CA 94501
(707) 303-1500 Fax: (707) 571-8195 sonoma@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Branch director Diana Klein

Full range of services for individuals and families: Parents Place programs, Seniors At Home services, counseling and emergency assistance, YouthFirst, services for people with disabilities, Holocaust survivor services, Adoption Connection.

East Bay

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay

2484 Shattuck Ave., Suite 210 Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 704-7475 Fax: (510) 704-7494 information@jfcs-eastbay.org www.jfcs-eastbay.org
Executive Director Avi Rose

This agency has delivered vital mental health and social services to Alameda and Contra Costa county families, individuals, children, older adults, Holocaust survivors and refugees for 140 years. Providing services to people of all affiliations, races and backgrounds, the agency has a long tradition of caring that directly impacts the lives of more than 8,000 East Bay residents each year.

South Bay

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Road, Suite 202 Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7456 Fax: (408) 551-0091 jodic@jfssv.org www.jfssv.org/services.html
Executive director Mindy S. Berkowitz, MSW, M.A.

Services include counseling and crisis services, emergency food assistance, volunteer opportunities for all ages, case management and supportive counseling/therapy, community outreach and employment services. Also offers support groups, information and referral, citizenship services, acculturation program, senior ESL classes, myriad senior services and volunteer opportunities.

Grants & Financial Aid

A number of Jewish community agencies provide financial assistance to individuals, through funding they receive from the Northern California Jewish federations as well as other fundraising efforts. For specific loan, grant and scholarship information, please contact the agencies below.

East Bay

Foundation Scholarships & Financial Aid

Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Foundation P.O. Box 370 Berkeley, CA 94701-0370
(510) 809-4911 alison@jfed.org http://jfed.org/who_aid.html
Community impact grants associate Alison Stein alison@jfed.org

The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay provide funding annually to strengthen Jewish life and learning opportunities for East Bay children and teens. Offering need-based financial assistance to teens, college students, and young adults for travel and study in Israel and for children and teens to attend Jewish summer camp. Application deadlines are listed on the website.

East Bay

Grants to Organizations

Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Foundation P.O. Box 370 Berkeley, CA 94701-0370
(510) 809-4934 Fax: (510) 318-8344 alison@jfed.org www.jfed.org
Community impact grants associate Alison Stein

Awards grants to eligible nonprofit organizations serving the East Bay Jewish community. Grants are awarded for startup or one-time projects, and established or multiyear programs. Applications and deadlines are on the website.

San Francisco

Hebrew Free Loan

131 Steuart St. Fax: Suite 520 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 546-9902 Fax: (415) 546-7479 info@hflasf.org www.hflasf.org
Executive director Cindy Rogoway
President Sharon Silverman

Provides interest-free loans to Jewish residents of Northern California to help them achieve financial self-sufficiency.  Loan categories include special needs, student, adoption, health care, business, emergency, first-time home buyer and more. These loans support individuals who are overcoming challenging situations or realizing lifelong dreams. As loans are repaid, funds are recycled for new loans. Hebrew Free Loan has proven the success of this model over the past 120 years, with a repayment rate of 99.75 percent.

Bay Area

Jewish Community Scholarship

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) 225 Bush St., Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org

Offers scholarships to people who need training to get ahead in their careers but can't afford it. The scholarship program is open to all Jewish residents of San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties, or the Peninsula who can demonstrate financial need and are interested in a short-term training program focused on a clearly defined job goal. Funds can be used for tuition payments, living expenses while attending a tuition-free program, learning supplies or testing fees.

Bay Area

JFCS Financial Aid Center

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1226 Fax: (415) 848-7012 MichelleL@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Michelle Lamphere MichelleL@jfcs.org

Loans/grants for undergraduate/graduate studies, vocational training, Israel study, Jewish summer camp. Emergency aid for housing, food and other essentials on a short-term basis. Small business loans for startups/expansions.

San Francisco

Jim Joseph Foundation

343 Sansome St., Suite 550 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 658-8730 Fax: (415) 658-8736 info@jimjosephfoundation.org www.jimjosephfoundation.org

By investing in promising Jewish education grant initiatives, the foundation fosters compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the United States.   Jim Joseph was a dedicated Jewish philanthropist whose passion charted the mission of the foundation that bears his name. He believed that focusing on young people and instilling in them pride in their heritage was the best way to preserve a strong Jewish faith and to ensure a successful future for the Jewish people.  The foundation seeks to make an indelible impact on the lives of young Jews, recognizing that dynamic Jewish learning takes place in a multitude of settings. Since 2006, the foundation has partnered with effective organizations and awarded grants to engage, educate and inspire young Jewish minds to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.

San Francisco

Koret Foundation

611 Front St. San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 882-7740 Fax: (415) 882-7775 info@koretfoundation.org www.koretfoundation.org
CEO Jeffrey A. Farber
Vice president and COO Tina Frank

This grant-making  foundation supports institutions that promote a vibrant and distinctive Bay Area, contributing to a high quality of life, both in the general and Jewish communities. Primary grant-making areas are the Jewish community, regional anchor institutions and support for economic development in Israel.

San Francisco

San Francisco Humanities Inc.

1517 Noriega St. San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-4087
President Emil Knopf

Independent, private nonprofit foundation providing small grants to qualified groups for Jewish causes, education, disability services, youth and health.

East Bay

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Foundation

Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Foundation P.O. Box 370 Berkeley, CA 94701-0370
(510) 809-4920 Fax: (510) 318-8344 lisa@jfed.org www.jfed.org/foundation
Executive director Lisa Tabak

Works with East Bay donors to realize their philanthropic goals. Combines expertise in legacy and planned giving, an understanding of donors' particular needs, and provides quality client service. Provides donors with the financial, estate-planning and grant-making tools to make informed, enlightened decisions that maximize both financial benefits and community impact.

Health & Medical

For Health & Healing specifically for seniors, see Chapter 10, Senior Services.

San Francisco

AIDS Chronic Illness and Disabilities Project

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1214/ TDD: (415) 345-1927 Fax: (415) 449-1253 miaw@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org

Counseling, case management, advocacy, emergency financial assistance, information and referrals, meal delivery, volunteer support, and opportunities for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

San Francisco

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC)

2530 Taraval St. Fax: Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 750-4197 Fax: (415) 750-4115 jewishhealing@bajhc.org www.jewishhealingcenter.org
President & CEO Rabbi Eric Weiss eweiss@bajhc.org
Chaplain Rabbi Natan Fenner

Jewish spiritual care for those who are ill, dying and bereaved, and their loved ones and caregivers, through direct service, education and training, information and referral.  Also provides in-services, consultations and supporting materials for health care professionals and institutions as well as volunteer groups and congregations seeking to improve spiritual care to Jewish members/clients/patients facing illness or loss.

East Bay

Familial Dysautonomia Prevention and Education Program

(510) 654-5882 mrancer@comcast.net www.fdhope.org
Past president Michael Rancer

F.D. is a progressive and fatal genetic disease found exclusively among Ashkenazi Jews. Its frequency is similar to that of Tay-Sachs. Prospective Jewish parents should be tested at qualified laboratories to determine if they are carriers.  When both parents are carriers, there is a 25 percent chance that they will conceive a child with this rare and deadly disease. Carrier testing is now available at Kaiser health centers and other private laboratories.

North Bay

Jewish Community Free Clinic of Sonoma County

50 Montgomery Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 585-7780 Fax: (707) 585-7784 info@jewishfreeclinic.org www.jewishfreeclinic.org
Executive director Donna Waldman
Clinical director Deborah Roberts

Free, volunteer-based medical clinic sponsored by the Jewish community, offering free medical care for those in need, without regard to ethnicity, race or religion. Bilingual medical, nursing, and referral services available. Lab tests, vaccinations and physicals available.

San Francisco

Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-3777 Fax: (415) 449-3742 Info@SeniorsAtHome.org www.SeniorsAtHome.org
Seniors At Home intake department

Palliative care offers added layers of support to help relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. It is not the same as hospice care. Hospice involves a specialized medical team that provides care only to those with terminal conditions, whereas palliative care is not restricted to those at the end of life. It can be provided at any time during the course of a serious illness, starting from the day of diagnosis.  The palliative team works with patient, family and health care team to develop a plan that addresses medical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.

San Francisco

UCSF Prenatal Diagnostic Center

Department of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences 1825 Fourth St., third floor, reception C San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 476-4080, option 1 Fax: (415) 353-4077

For pregnant and non-pregnant women. Information on carrier screening for multiple disorders affecting Ashkenazi Jews.

San Francisco

UCSF-Stanford Lysosomal Storage Disease Center

Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building 1825 Fourth St., sixth floor San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 353-2813/ (866) 476-9997 Fax: (415) 476-9976 www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/clinics/lysosomal_storage_disease_center/

Provides comprehensive care including consultation, evaluation, testing, diagnosis and treatment to children, teens and adults and their families living with lysosomal disease, a group of approximately 40 rare inherited conditions. Currently specializes in Gaucher disease, Fabry disease and Hurler syndrome. The team includes experts from UCSF and Stanford, the two leading medical centers in Northern California. Specialists in different areas of medicine related to lysosomal storage disease work closely together to provide clients with the best possible care.

LGBTQ Support

San Francisco

A Wider Bridge

2912 Diamond St., Suite 348 San Francisco, CA 94131
(866) 288-5774 arthur@awiderbridge.org www.awiderbridge.org
Executive director Arthur Slepian
Director of programs and development Tyler Gregory

Pro-Israel organization that builds bridges between LGBTQ people in North America and Israel, strengthening both communtiies through learning and collaboration. It is a movement of LGBTQ people and allies, Jews and non-Jews, with strong interest in and commitment to Israel and its LGBTQ community. It also inspires LGBTQ Jews to deepen their connection to Jewish peoplehood through engagement with Israel and its vibrant LGBTQ community.

San Francisco

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC)

2530 Taraval St., Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 750-4197 Fax: (415) 750-4115 jewishhealing@bajhc.org www.jewishhealingcenter.org
President and CEO Rabbi Eric Weiss
Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Jewish spiritual care for those who are ill, dying and bereaved, including all types of families, gender identities and sexual orientations.  All programs and services take into account the needs of LGBTQ families and individuals. Also offers training and support for synagogues, hospitals and other organizations on the spiritual needs of LGBTQ people facing illness, their loved ones and caregivers.

Northern California

Camp Tawonga

Keshet LGBTQ Family Camp 131 Steuart St., Suite 460 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-2267 (415-KIDCAMP) info@tawonga.org
 www.tawonga.org

Now in its 19th year, Keshet Camp at Tawonga is the nation's first family camp for Jewish LGBTQ families. Keshet, Hebrew  for "rainbow," is an innovative weekend drawing a broad range of participants from all over the country.  Participants bond with old friends and make new ones in a rustic summer camp along the Tuolumne River at the doorstep of Yosemite. Adults spend the morning hiking, relaxing and engaging in a variety of dynamic workshops. Meanwhile, trained counselors plan age-appropriate activities for babies as well as kids, ranging from boating on the lake or singing camp songs, to participating in teen dialogues about growing up with gay parents. Families spend the afternoon together, enjoying classic camp activities like arts and crafts, swimming in the pool or conquering a challenge course. Keshet includes a Shabbat service, family talent show and lively dance party.   Single-parent subsidies and financial assistance available.

San Francisco

LGBTQ Services

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1214 KarleyA@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org

Programs geared specifically to meet the LGBTQ community’s needs include:

  • Adoption and post-adoption services
  • Services for people with HIV
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Counseling services for LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families—with special outreach to the elderly.

East Bay

Out and About at Temple Sinai

Temple Sinai 2808 Summit St. Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 info@oaklandsinai.org www.oaklandsinai.org
Lisa Hanauer

Marking 16th year of Shabbat potluck dinners, marching in the pride parade, outings to the Jewish Film Festival and holiday celebrations. Participating in the larger Jewish community with discussion groups, speakers and films. Developing awareness of the full variety of family structures and relevant lifecycle events to LGBT individuals wanting to participate in and explore Jewish life.

Material Donations

North Bay


Book Bank USA

70 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106 San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-7902 kluger001@aol.com www.bookbankusa.org
Andrew Kluger


Accepts and distributes books, computers, games and educational materials to schools, libraries and youth towns in Israel. Distributes high-tech materials to colleges and businesses.

East Bay

Chabad of the East Bay

P.O. Box 5292 Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 540-5824 chabadberkeley@gmail.com www.chabadberkeley.com
Sharalyn Stebben

People helping people, sharing Jewish joy and inspiration. Helping all Jews, of every background and affiliation. Accepting cars, boats, motor vehicles, working and non-working, in most cases, and estates. Proceeds used for social programs, and educational, community and children's programs.

Volunteer Placement

Most Jewish organizations welcome help from volunteers. Those listed below offer a variety of placements. For specific placements, contact individual agencies and organizations.

San Francisco

Family House Inc.

540 Mission Bay Blvd. N. San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 476-8321 amorgan@familyhouseinc.org www.familyhouseinc.org
Executive director Alexandra Morgan
Director of volunteer programs Karen Banks (415) 502-5659 kbanks@familyhouseinc.org

Founded in 1981, this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization provides free, temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Serving 80 families per night, over 2,000 families per year. The organization relies on more than 2,000 volunteers to assist the staff.

San Francisco

JFCS Volunteer Program

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1200/ TDD: (415) 345-1927 www.jfcs.org/volunteer

Volunteers help strengthen individuals and families throughout the Bay Area by extending a human touch and meaningful connections to the greater community. Each year JFCS serves thousands of people and volunteers are a critical component in that care, providing many ways to use their talents and time.

San Francisco

Kol Haneshama: End of Life/Hospice Volunteers and Shabbat Services Volunteers 


Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC) 2530 Taraval St., Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 750-4197 Fax: (415) 750-4115 jewishhealing@bajhc.org www.jewishhealingcenter.org
Rabbi Elliot Kukla
Rabbi Jon Sommer

Trains and supports volunteers to provide spiritual care to the dying. Also trains and places volunteers to lead Shabbat services in nursing homes and other residential facilities. Hospice volunteers receive 40 hours of specialized training in Jewish spiritual care and ongoing supervision.