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Members of the "Pay it Forward" Group prepare Hanukkah gifts for JFS clients.


Embrace-A-Family begins November 13th

Embrace-A-Family brings the community together.  It is a wonderful way for people who have much to be thankful for, to give.  Both adults and children often feel their hearts sing to give gifts that they feel will be enjoyed.  Parents find that it is an easy way to help their young children learn and understand the meaning of tzedakah.

Volunteer opportunities for adults, high school kids, families and groups from early November through mid-December include:

Create and Distribute Dreidel Boards
November 4th-12th (times to be arranged)

Keep Dreidel Boards Stocked
November 14th thru December 23rd

Office Assistance
November 24th thru December 23rd
Hours: 2-5PM Monday thru Thursday, and 2-4 PM Friday.

Gift Wrapping
December 1 thru December 23th
Adults and teens are needed to wrap donated dreidel gifts.

Assembling Hanukkah food packages
Early December (date to be confirmed)

Delivering Food and Gift Packages
December 3rd thru December 16

Here's a flyer to print out and post to remind you of the wonderful ways you can help!

Lori Cinnamon
Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement
(408) 357-7467    

Make A Real Difference in the Life of An Isolated Senior

Are you looking for a way to do something that will add more meaning to your life? Jewish Family Services is looking for new Friendly Visitors.  A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly visit and they form lasting friendships with the senior.  Our Friendly Visitors say that they get so much more than they give.

This is an important mitzvah to bring  the outside world and lasting friendship to these seniors.  For more information, please contact Lori Cinnamon, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement at 408-357-7467 or  Volunteers must be amenable to JFS’ screening process.


Can YOU Deliver Shabbat Meals?

deliveramealIt is Jewish Family Services’ vision that isolated, homebound and vulnerable seniors (including holocaust survivors) have access to hot, kosher meals.  Our Shabbat Meals helps older seniors be connected and supported.  As Vlada Gelfond, JFS Assistant Executive Director says, “Access to kosher meals is extremely important for seniors because it gives them a sense of their Jewishness and not being forgotten.”  Hot food is extremely important because some of the seniors cannot cook and prepare a delicious, hot meal.

JFS is seeking volunteers to help deliver these meals.  Deliveries take place Thursday afternoons through midday Friday. Volunteers must have their own transportation. New volunteers must be amenable to JFS’ screening process.

This is a wonderful and easy way to bring joy, connection and nutrition to someone who will appreciate it. Please contact Lori, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement at or (408) 357-7467.

Opportunities abound for adults, teens, children and families!

…and more! Volunteers do make a wonderful difference. Days and hours are flexible.

Lori Cinnamon
(408) 357-7467

Volunteering for Kids, Teens and Families

Inspire your children in giving to others. Volunteer opportunities for kids, teens, or the entire family abound - preparing holiday packages of gifts and food for our local elderly and families in need, holiday decorating of senior residential facilities, participating in holiday toy drives for needy children, and much more. Teens can earn community service credits for school. More importantly, doing good deeds (mitzvot) strengthens all who participate, from the youngest children, to parents and grandparents. Everyone benefits!

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467

Workplace Charitable Support

Attention JFS Volunteers: Your Workplace May Donate to JFS – When You do What You Love

Did you know… Many corporations have stepped up the ways they support local nonprofit organizations, and are proud to support their employees’ volunteering efforts. Examples of such companies include: Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Bank of America, The Gap Corporation, State Farms, Starbucks, Verizon and Wells Fargo. Employees who volunteer with JFS can apply for a volunteer grant (typically $500-$1000) which would be awarded to Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley.

These companies are pleased to support the generosity of their employees. Community-minded corporations know that more they partner, the greater their impact will be.

Please contact your company "engagement" officer to see if there is such a program at the place you work. JFS staff are happy to explore with you customized team-building opportunities.

For more information, please contact
Mindy Berkowitz
Executive Director
(408) 357-7455.

Knitzvah: Knitting for Good!

Since Knitzvah began in 2006, the "fabulous and amazing" Knitzvah members have created over 10,000 cuddly creations for 18 agencies serving thousands of people.

To get a sense of their dedication and activity, here are two in-depth articles about who Knitzvah is and what they do: "Knitzvah Thriving," and "A Very Special Yarn."

If you love to knit, crochet or sew; or really want to learn how, this is the group to join!  Knitzvah meets monthly and creates beautiful handmade items for preemie babies in the NICU, seniors who appreciate lap blankets to keep warm, cancer patients in need of colorful caps, and so much more. 

All ages welcome.


Knitzvah Meetings 2015

Adult Lounge, APJCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
February 15
March 15
April 12
June 14

Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose
from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
May 17


More Info:
Barbara Berlant at
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467


Community Group Programs

Volunteer programs are available for your synagogue, chavurah, service organization, school or youth group. Help us to give support and care to our isolated seniors, refugees, recent émigrés, families and others in need during the holiday seasons, as well as, all year round.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon
(408) 357-7467


Helping Isolated Seniors

JFS SV volunteers make a big difference in the lives of our senior community, including Holocaust survivors. Holiday Package Preparers and Deliverers bring connection and nutrition to frail elderly. Chaplain Aides lead Shabbat at local senior retirement facilities, and JFS’ Friendly Visitors bring friendship and a sense of community to isolated seniors. Decorate a senior retirement facility or nursing home for Hanukkah.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon
(408) 357-7467


Refugee & Emigré Support

Support JFS SV resettlement programs support a multitude of clients who struggle to make a new life in America. Our volunteers include ESL (English As Second Language) tutors and teachers, and career mentors.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon
(408) 357-7467

ESL Tutoring

JFS SV needs experienced ESL teachers to volunteer in our classroom. We need people with ESL teaching experience who can commit a minimum of 1 to 2 hours per week for at least six months to work with ESL beginners.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon
(408) 357-7467


Career Mentors

Do you have knowledge of any of these fields: education, finance, medicine/healthcare, environment, beauty, IT, machining and manufacturing, construction …or other industries?

JFS SV seeks volunteers willing to provide tips and information to help our clients learn about working in the U.S. Many of our clients have advanced degrees and work experience in other countries, but need guidance in finding opportunities here.

As a volunteer mentor, you will provide advice on job trends, entry-level opportunities or internships, professional associations and perhaps even referrals to good contacts about jobs or informational interviews. You may help by reviewing a resume and directing the job seeker in the right direction.

We need mentors from many industries, currently working or recently retired, willing to accept a phone call or take time to meet with our clients at our offices at the Levy Family Campus.

If you can help, please contact:
Helen Sappa
Job Developer
(408) 357-7459