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Scavenger Hunt

Ongoing Events:

Knitzvah Volunteers



1a. Anna Sheinfeld tells her story about JFS' help in her resettlement journey.
1b. JFS President Robin Sabes thanks outgoing Board member Jeff Warwick for his service.
1c. Executive Director Mindy Berkowitz gives the State of the Agency address.

2a. Anna Sheinfeld kisses Merle Kahn in congratulations and thanks.
2b. Outgoing Board member Laurel Cyrluk.
2c. Staff member Elena Kulvets congratulates Elaine Blais.

3a. Rabbi Pressman installs the new JFS Board.
3b. Zoya Lazer ntroduces Cal Lubran Award winners.
3c. Alan Zisser was awarded with a Bobbi Shulkin Award for service to JFS for 5 years of service as our editor of our enewsletter.

4a. Merle Kahn, shown with Vlada Gelfond and Mindy Berkowitz, received the first Vlada Gelfond Visionary Award for her creation and management of JFS’ Pro Bono Legal Immigration Clinic.
4b. Irma Perez, representing AILA attornerys who contribute to the JFS Pro Bono Legal Clinic.
4c. JFS staff members Azita Eshagh and Zoya Lazer.


The Munch Around Chinatown and North Beach Scavenger Hunt!

munch around chinatown

Come have fun with JFS and treat your taste buds to an exotic adventure!
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2-5 PM
Chinatown and North Beach, San Francisco
$75 (includes $50 tax deductible donation to Jewish Family Services)
Reservations Required:
(408) 556-0600
or click here for registration form.

Discover the gourmet delights of Chinatown and North Beach. This hunt features the opportunity to taste various foods throughout the neighborhood while you tackle tricky, humorous questions about the places you visit. Highlights include…

• A raspberry sorbet that will ruin you for any other sorbet
• Mooncakes that sent President Clinton to the moon
• Ferrero Rocher–flavored gelato
• Fabulous foccacia in all its forms, including as pizza crust
• Ovali to ogle—a puff pastry filled with raspberry and cream or custard
• A Princess Cake that’s a royal treat
• Spicy cayenne-tequila truffles, rated OMG!

…and many more treats. You get to decide what treats to eat: The price does not include food purchases, because we want you to have a wide range of options to suit your taste, your budget, and your diet. We’ll point you toward our favorites, but the ultimate choice is between you and your tummy.

Register with a team (or we’ll find one for you). Teams will need to bring a digital camera. The hunt takes two and a half hours, so there’s plenty of time for munch stops.


Ongoing Meetings

Immigration Law Clinic

Jewish Family Services and the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, Silicon Valley Chapter (AILA) launched a pro bono immigration law clinic in 2013 to serve the needs of immigrants in the South Bay.

Sessions at the Immigration Law Clinic are scheduled for 5:00-8:00pm throughout the year. These sessions are free of charge and are held at JFS.

2014 Dates

March 12
April 9
May 14
June 10
September 10
October 1
November 12

To schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney, please contact

Zoya Lazer                                 Azita Eshagh
(408) 357-7452                         (408) 357-7457


Jewish Recovery Program

Available For Anyone Experiencing An Addiction Issue

Where 1475 South Bascom, Suite 201, San jose
When Monday evenings, 7:30 PM
Why Group meeting/discussion including D’Var Torah
Who Anyone interested in addressing addiction issues

Dr. Berdeen Coven for additional information (408) 812-8128.
Please call before attending your first meeting.


A Place to Begin: Workshops for Seniors

The last Thursday of the month
2: 30 pm
JFS office
Registration is required.

Please contact:

Avital Agam
(408) 357-7450

More information about services for seniors here.