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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Suite 202, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Telephone: (408) 556-0600  |  Fax: (408) 551-0091  |

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Dateline: March/April 2020

During these challenging times, JFS SV is busy reaching out to our community in their time of need.  Although our offices are closed, we’re as busy as ever with virtual as well as “safe distance events” happening now.  Our agency provides government-defined essential services, so we can reach our community during these time of need.

Nurses caps made by Knitzvah

for Valley Medical Center.

Volunteers prepare to deliver Passover food packs to needy community members.

Helping Our Community During Passover and Beyond!

Even as we sheltered in place, we still celebrated Passover! During this unprecedented time, we are balancing Jewish tradition along with the need to stay safe.

JFS and JCC staff along with help from 25 volunteers, assembled and delivered 230 Passover packages for isolated seniors (including many Holocaust survivors}, adults living with disabilities, low income families and housing insecure adults. When we asked the volunteers how they felt doing this on a beautiful day outside the Levy Family Campus, they said, “We love it! We’ll do it again.”

We appreciate your support for this program and our other services through the Passover Freedom Drive. Your support makes it possible for us to:

  • Keep up with the demand for home-delivered meals and groceries
  • Recruit more volunteers as necessary to reach out to our most frail clients
  • Hire additional counseling staff as the need for emotional support increases
  • Continue to assist recently-arrived refugees to help them navigate their strange, new world

JFS Stories from our Staff

Gratitude from Galina (Coordinator of Holocaust Survivor and Emigre Services)
I want to share with you many thanks!  Twenty-seven of my Holocaust survivor clients have received meals prepared by Pars Kosher Market . . . 

For complete story, click here.

Blessings from Sandra  (Project NOAH Social Worker)
Two of my clients in particular really needed help this past week. Both receive counseling by phone – and both received Passover food packages. . . 

For complete story, click here.

Greetings from Nellie Rochon-Ellis  (Career Counselor)
I joined JFS SV on February 24th as the new Career Counselor and Job Developer. As with any new position one takes on, there is a bit of anxiety: “Will I perform well?” “Will the staff like me?” -  and – “Did I make the right decision to join this organization?”  I can truly say that this has been the most exciting start to any job I have ever taken! . . .  For complete story, click here.

Refugee resettlement Update from Azita  (Resettlement Coordinator)

Two weeks ago we resettled a family of ten from Afghanistan . . . 

For complete story, click here.

Love from Lori  (Manager of Volunteer and Community Engagement)

For me the story is that volunteers are truly wanting to help and they are inspirational.  They are sewing masks, signing up to grocery shop and run errands for isolated seniors, and be Friendly Visitor phone buddies . . . 

For complete story, click here.

For the complete stories from these staff members

and more . . .

Sheila and her daughter Yayla prepare for 2020 Passover packages in front of the JCC entrance.

JFS Community Support During the Pandemic

Bar Mitzvah Mensch Brings Happiness to Local Seniors During Pandemic

Learn about our Shabbat Meal and new Challah delivery program.