The crowded lobby and hallway of the Four Seasons Hotel was buzzing with energy from early morning to evening as more than 700 people gathered throughout the day to participate in the Federation’s premier annual philanthropic event – The Day of Philanthropy. Read more
Posts from the ‘General Community’ Category
Jews around the world should join San Francisco’s Jewish community in speaking out against anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Gay rights, as Hillary Clinton so aptly said in her momentous speech in Geneva in 2011, are human rights and the struggle for LGBT equality is part of a long historical evolution that has arguably been in motion since the Reformation. Russia, however, seems to be on the wrong side of human rights history, with its recent anti-gay legislation bearing shocking resemblance to that of its Soviet predecessor, notorious for its oppression of minorities, including Jews. Read more
By Adam Eilath, JCF Federation Fellow
One of the major challenges facing Jewish organizations today is how to include young voices in an organic way that is authentic to their mission and goals. All too often, Jewish organizations either ignore young Jewish voices and continue to program in ways that overlook changing demographic and cultural trends, or, they invest a great deal of money in young adult events yet do not put enough thought into how the programming fits into the organization’s mission (or honor decades of hard work and programming that Jewish lay leaders and professionals have invested in the organization). Read more
“Teaching children the value of giving is important, and there is no better way to do that than by showing a living example. It’s an unforgettable life lesson.” - Esty Marcus, Director of Chai Preschool, Foster City
By Vivien Braly, PJ Library® Coordinator, San Francisco Region
On November 28, Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah coincide for the first time ever and for the last time for more than 70,000 years. It is truly a special time to reflect on what we are thankful for as we light the first Hanukkah candles. For families with young children, we can also teach a valuable lesson on how to bring light to others by giving back to those less fortunate. Read more
Last week our Jewish Teen Foundations were profiled in both the San Francisco Business Times and j. Weekly. The Jewish Teen Foundations (JTF) allow Bay Area Jewish teens an opportunity to learn to run their own philanthropic foundation and to become strategic grantmakers. Over the course of a school year, this select group of teens will take part in a regional training retreat and meet on a monthly basis to explore Jewish values and ideas, develop leadership skills, and practice informed, directed philanthropy. Read more
Today, Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation), responded to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. The survey details a shift away from observance and tradition by American Jews, and an increase in intermarriage rates. Read more
By Rabbi Marvin Goodman
This July, I traveled to Lucknow in northern India with American Jewish World Service and a group of 17 rabbis from across the United States. Our goal was to personally see and understand AJWS’s important international work. And, as I look back at the trip, we certainly accomplished that—but we also got a more powerful crash course in the profound disparities between the living conditions and expectations for human rights in the U.S. versus the developing world. The experience was overwhelming, surprising, uplifting, depressing and eye-opening. Read more
Yesterday, some 450 new immigrants from Ethiopia boarded two Jewish Agency-chartered flights bound for Israel.
Since 2010, thousands of Ethiopians have immigrated to Israel as part of Operation Dove’s Wings. These flights will bring this historic effort to a dramatic close. Read more