Jewish Family Services Begins Summer with Backpack Drive
  June 2016   
Dear Friends,
Welcome to the beginning of summer! June is full of special occasions. At JFS we celebrate with our Annual Meeting - an event like none other where we honor ordinary people who do special things. We tell stories that warm the heart and rejoice in the goodness we see every day among our clients, volunteers, board members and staff. I hope you'll join us.
Enjoy these warm days.

Mindy Berkowitz
Executive Director

P.S. Backpack Drive season is upon us.  Read on . . .

JFS SV Annual Meeting

Giving Adults, Children and Families
Better Lives in Silicon Valley
You Are Cordially Invited to Attend
Jewish Family Services
Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Levy Family Campus Adult Lounge
Stories from the People We Help
Honoring Volunteers
for O
utstanding Community Service
Installation of New Slate of Board of Directors
Celebrating Our Successes
Festive Dessert Reception
RSVP to or call 408.556.0600


JFS 2nd Annual Equipped to Learn
Back-to-School Backpack Drive 

June 22nd thru July 26th 
Join us in supporting Equipped To Learn - JFS SV's Back-to-School Backpack Drive.   Your generosity will help ensure that students regardless of circumstances, can start school with a well-packed, brand-new, fully-equipped backpack.

Is there a stronger memory than that first day of school feeling, with fresh notebooks, sharpened pencils, and good solid erasers?  With your help, our children and youth will be off to a great start to the new school year!
Bonnie and her granddaughter Zoe donate backpacks 
The campaign is running from June 22nd thru July 26th.  In this second year effort, our aim is to help even more children and families than last year, with a goal of backpacks for 250 students, ranging from preschoolers to adult learners.  The backpacks will go to students of all ages from families that are economically struggling.

There are many ways you can help:

1) Click on any or all of the suggested supplies lists below for each age group.  Just print out one or more of the wish list tags and go out shopping!  Remember, we need backpacks for all age groups.  Deliver your purchases to JFS offices at the Levy Family Campus in Los Gatos.

High School & Adult Learners

2) Pick up a gift idea tag at various stations throughout
the Levy Family Campus: 

JCC/Levy Family Campus
Congregation Beth David
Congregation Sinai
Temple Emanu-El

3) You can purchase
school supplies and/or gift cards online via and have them sent directly to JFS. Just click on Target Online for JFS SV Backpacks.

For more info or any questions about the Backpack Drive, contact Patrick Soricone at
or 408-357-7456. 
Volunteering for Equipped to Learn
There will be ample volunteer opportunities during late July to help assemble and distribute the backpacks.  If you or your family members are interested in volunteering, contact Lori Cinnamon at or 408-357-7467.

For all the details on how you can contribute and/or volunteer, go to our Equipped to Learn webpage.

We are honored to once again receive promotional support from Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

Help people in need this summer through JFS.

Vehicle Donation Program

Summer is a great time to donate your old car, truck or other vehicle.  We make it easy, and you get a tax deduction.

For details . . .

Centerpieces for Tzedekah 
  C4T Centerpiece Basket
Flowers are lovely, but they wilt in a few days. Instead, why not rent beautiful JFS SV food basket Centerpieces for Tzedakah for your child's bar or bat mitzvah or other special occasion?

The rental fee directly benefits the Project N.O.A.H. Food Assistance Program, providing food year-round for the needy in our community.

You get a gorgeous product, a teachable moment for your child. 
For more info, please contact: 
Mindy Berkowitz
(408) 357-7455

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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Suite 202
Los Gatos, California 95032
(408) 556-0600 phone
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