Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties has offered a helping hand that people can rely on in times of need for more than 160 years. JFCS is the oldest social service agency west of the Mississippi. Since its inception, JFCS has been a catalyst for change. With over 40 programs serving more than 76,000 people annually in the Greater West Bay Area of Northern California, JFCS reaches out with comprehensive, integrated social services, helping people in the most effective, compassionate way possible, and providing people of all ages, faiths and ethnic backgrounds with the encouragement and tools they need to become productive and self-reliant.
Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra is the central public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community. It represents more than 80 synagogues and Jewish organizations in the Bay Area on issues that impact the rights and protection of Jews as individuals and as a community here and abroad. JCRC seeks to establish the consensus of the local organized Jewish community on public issues and to present this consensual position to the general community, the media and public officials. Volunteers and JCRC members, in coordination with staff, establish policies on pressing social issues, which then translate into community action.
National Council of Jewish Women is the oldest Jewish women’s organization in the country, a force for social change, taking a progressive stand on issues such as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom. NCJW - San Francisco Section works through a program of research, education, advocacy, and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families and strives to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all.
New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to democratic change within Israel. Founded in 1979, the New Israel Fund fights for social justice and equality for all Israelis, and believes Israel can live up to its founders' vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants without regard to religion, race or gender. NIF is widely credited with building Israel's progressive civil society from scratch.
Congregation Beth Am is a dynamic multigenerational synagogue founded in 1955 to be a center of Reform Jewish life on the Peninsula. Their beautiful glass-walled sanctuary reflects their openness to the world around us, and their commitment to welcome all people with warmth and respect. Congregation Beth Am fulfills their mission through four pillars of congregational life: meaningful worship and spiritual growth; lifelong learning; acting as a caring and welcoming community and the pursuit of tzedek (Acts of justice and serviceto others.)
Congregation B'nai Emunahy is a warm, open, lively, multi-generational Conservative synagogue community in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco. They are affiliated with USCJ, the Conservative Movement. Congregation B'nai Emunah pursues Jewish knowledge, identity and observance in an open, inclusive and welcoming environment where people gather from all walks of life as one loving and supportive community. They especially welcome interfaith coupes and families, as well as people interested in exploring Judaism, but everyone is welcome regardless of background, lifestyle, or level of observance.
Shalom Bait is the leading Jewish organization with a mission to foster the social change and community response necessary to eradicate domestic violence in the Jewish community. We strive to create effective, culturally-based strategies to improve Jewish community accountability and response to domestic violence. We strengthen the future of our community by teaching our youth, adults, and community leaders to respond when violence occurs. Our goals are to support and advocate on behalf of Jewish battered women and their children; to educate the Jewish community and its leadership about domestic violence; to empower Jewish youth with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy relationship choices; to organize effective abuse prevention and intervention strategies; and to improve Jewish women’s access to domestic violence services.