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Ten questions that will get you thinking

Where have you been? Where are you going? What values do you want to take on the journey ahead?


With the value of reflection all too often lost in today’s fast-paced society, here’s an easy way for people of all backgrounds to slow down and examine their lives in a meaningful way.  Reboot and the SF Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund are partnering again this year on 10Q, a project that provides a cutting-edge way to commemorate the High Holidays, and provides an easy way to reflect, react, and renew by answering 10 of life’s biggest questions online. We are inviting the entire Bay Area community to share their views and visions for the upcoming year.

Register now on and starting September 16, 2012, a question will land in your email inbox on each of the following ten days. Respond to each question securely online either immediately or after discussion with family and friends. Each answer gets sent to the secure online 10Q vault for safekeeping. One year later, the vault will open and your answers will land back in your email inbox for private reflection. Next year the whole process begins anew.

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Wishing You a Happy New Year, 5772!

A day of joy. A time of hope. A year of happiness.

Wishing you and your family good health, prosperity and peace at Rosh Hashanah and always.

L’ Shana Tovah from the staff and Board of Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Looking for a meaningful High Holiday experience?
The community calendar has a whole range of options! Browse services and events now.

Partnering pays off for synagogues

Happy Rosh Hashana

As part of our capacity building services to Bay Area organizations, last fall the Federation instituted a Fundraising Initiative which provides one-on-one coaching and group training to the lay and professional leadership at seven local synagogues on enhancing their fundraising skills and results.

This past month 25 synagogue leaders from Sonoma to Palo Alto attended workshops to improve their High Holiday fundraising campaigns and ongoing stewardship of donors. This intensive two-year program, offered through the Synagogue-Federation Partnership and funded through a Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund grant, helps synagogues which do not have extensive fundraising experience to better secure their financial stability for their future.

An added benefit is that the training and coaching sessions have created shared momentum and a sense of community, as well as provided a forum for these synagogue leaders to share knowledge and best practices.

Participating congregations include Congregation Adath Israel, San Francisco; Congregation Beth Israel Judea, San Francisco; Congregation Chevra Thilim, San Francisco; Congregation Shir Shalom, Sonoma; Gan HaLev, Western Marin; Keddem Congregation, Palo Alto; and Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City.

If you’d like to learn more about the Fundraising Initiative and how you can help ensure a vibrant tomorrow for your synagogue, contact Rabbi Marv Goodman at 415.369.2860.

Looking for a meaningful High Holiday experience?

Find a holiday service or gathering that’s right for you. There are plenty to choose from on the community calendar’s listing of holiday events.
Browse events now

YAD kicks off holiday season with service

By Alia Gorkin, Young Adult Division Manager

Last night, Thursday, September 15, I joined over 40 Jewish young adults for what has become an annual tradition in our community, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Rosh Hashanah Bag Assembly.  After some time to mingle and grab a few snacks, we were put to work!

In just over an hour, our group assembled over 500 bags (!) filled with apples, honey, honey cake, chocolate, soup, peanut butter, crackers, and more for seniors, émigrés and people with disabilities to enjoy this Jewish New Year.  I had so much fun catching up with good friends and meeting young adults new to our community. Can’t wait to see everyone again soon!

This event was a partnership between the Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Jewish Community Federation and JFCS.  Luckily, YAD won’t be waiting until next year to team up again with JFCS.  The YAD Outreach Team has chosen JFCS’s “Chicken Soupers” program to be the beneficiary for our YAD Challah Baking Class coming up on November 2.

Visit us at or on Facebook to see more photos and upcoming YAD events.

Young Adult Division Rosh Hashana Volunteers

Young Adult Division Rosh Hashana Volunteers

Young Adult Division Rosh Hashana Volunteers

10 Q’s for the days of awe

If you do nothing else for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, do your JCF10Q – ten questions that will get you thinking about where you’ve been, where you’re going, and what values you want to take on the journey ahead.

In recognition of the Jewish Community Federation’s (JCF) historic Centennial celebration this year, JCF has partnered with Reboot to mark the occasion by inviting the entire Bay Area community to share their views and visions for the next 100 years on

The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a traditional period of reflection and renewal, is an ideal opportunity to kick-off an exciting initiative that will inspire self-introspection and contemplation of our relationship to the earth, ourselves and the community in which we live.


How it works

Starting September 8, 2010, people of all ages and backgrounds will have an opportunity to answer ten tailored questions over ten days by visiting The questions can be answered in private or after discussion with family and friends.

A moving billboard will advertise a different question each day throughout the Bay Area, and participants can receive Twitter feeds and Facebook updates.

Once you sign up, a question will land in your inbox. At the end of the 10 days, your answers get sent to the secure online JCF10Q vault for safekeeping. One year later, the vault will open and your answers will land back in your email inbox for private reflection. Next year the whole process begins again.

As Susan Mall, Centennial Director of the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation, commented: “The same Jewish values that guided the roots of our organization laid the foundation for Federation’s mission today. Dedicated to building and strengthening our Jewish community, we’re working on broadening and deepening our reach by engaging the next generation to ensure the Jewish future.”

Ask one question. Ask them all. Reflect together.

Sign up on September 8,2010 at

We all dream of making the world a better place

We know the High Holy days encourage us to dream big dreams. We foresee the year ahead as an open book, full of opportunities to repair the world with our acts of generosity and kindness. It’s also a time for serious reflection on the past year. We think about our proudest accomplishments and about where we have fallen short – what we might have done differently, how we might have acted more thoughtfully or shown more patience.

As a community guided by a century of Jewish values, we’re proud of the communal work we do to make the world a better place, and aware that there is still so much more to be done.

Taking care of each other – In the past year, we extended a hand to those who needed assistance with food, rent and utilities; employment assistance and vocational training; psychological and family counseling; senior transportation and scholarships for Jewish preschools, day schools and camps. Thank you for caring enough to give.

Many in our community are facing another difficult year. They will turn to our organization for help—and thanks to you, we will be there. Just as our local community looks to us in difficult times, our extended Jewish family in Israel and around the world depends on us—and we will be there for them, too.

Working together to do more good – Because we’ve been working together for more than a 100 years as a kehillah (a community), we can bring dignity, hope and joy to thousands of people every day. We have the opportunity to help a local family struggling with illness or unemployment, a young woman from Ethiopia starting a new life in Israel, and so many individuals who will face challenges this year. Their lives will be better because we stand with them.

The news from Israel has been troubling over the past few months. Our dreams for the year ahead include peace for Israel—and we are dedicated to helping fulfill that dream by expressing our steadfast support for its people.

As you look back at this past year, at all that you have contributed and all we have accomplished together as a community, I urge you to look ahead as well. Take this opportunity today to begin the New Year with an act of tzedakah.

This Rosh Hashanah, donate, volunteer, make a difference.

Help the Jewish Community Federation assist those in need here at home, in Israel and worldwide. Please make a generous gift to the Federation’s 2011 Annual Campaign —TODAY.

We all dream of making the world a better place. Consider this your call to action.

Our best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy New Year.


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