Mindy Berkowitz, Exec Dir

Message from the Executive Director

Rosh HaShanah Greeting

by Mindy Berkowitz

Dear Friends,

The High Holidays always make me introspective. In quiet moments I look at how I spend my time and energy. I know that many of you also seek meaning at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Sometimes that search leads us to want to connect to others in meaningful ways.

If this describes you, you’re in luck. Jewish Family Services is the place for you! Maybe you want to make a difference in someone’s life – come be a Friendly Visitor, Chaplain Aide, or food package deliverer. Here’s a creative way to put a smile on someone’s face: join Knitzvah. We’ll teach you how and even give you the yarn. Maybe you’re dealing with a frail parent or spouse – come get support in our Caregiver’s Group from people who know just what you’re going through.

Sometimes we have challenges in even connecting. JFS can help here also. What if you feel like you’re going nowhere? Our life coach, Lizi Oceransky, can help get you back on track. How about giving her a call? 408.357.7425. Perhaps you’d even like to help Jewish Family Services in our mission to help make people’s lives better.

Got a great idea? Call me or President Robin Sabes. We’d love to hear from you. We appreciate your helping JFS through our annual campaign.

Shana tova u’metukah – may you have a good and sweet new year,



Message from the President

by Robin Sabes

Dear Friends,

I am honored to be President of Jewish Family Services and I am excited to begin my term with an outstanding board to carry out our mission.

I've always had an affinity for JFS. I have my bachelor's degree in Social Welfare and my early volunteer experience was with seniors in the Jewish Home in San Francisco. As a matter of fact, in Jr. High School, when writing a report on my future career, I chose to write mine on being a Social Worker. So it seemed like a natural progression for me to get involved with this wonderful agency after being involved the Jewish Federation and the JCC for many years. I am proud to be part of an organization that serves so many people in need. I am looking forward to working with the incredible staff of JFS, many of whom have been with the agency for over 20 years. The care and dedication they have for their clients is what makes JFS so successful.

I also look forward to working closely with all the agencies within our Federation family. We will continue to develop programs together.

We have a lot of exciting events planned for the year. I am pleased to announce that this spring, Small Plates, High Spirits and All That Jazz will again be our big fundraiser. This successful event has been attracting local upscale restaurants and wineries for several years now. Centerpieces for Tzedakah will be available to rent this fall.

Another way to support JFS would be through our Double Donation partnership with Yavneh If you buy gift cards through Yavneh's scrip program and then donate them to JFS, both agencies benefit.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of JFS. Please learn about our stories. They are a constant reminder of how JFS helps those in need and why it is so important to contribute, whether it be financially or as a volunteer. We need to ensure the success of this vital agency.

Wishing you a happy, healthy new year,