Restore Hope This Holiday Season!
November 2022
Dear Friends,
Welcome to November as we enter the holiday season of gratitude and giving!
Our 15th annual Embrace-A-Family gift drive is coming beginning November 14th thru December 20th! Read below to learn how you can bring joy to local families, homebound seniors and refugees who otherwise would not have gifts this time of year. 
November 29th is also the time for #GivingTuesday, inspiring people everywhere to give and celebrate generosity.
Wishing you and those you hold dear, a happy, healthy and wonderful holiday season!
Mindy Berkowitz
Chief Executive Officer

JFS SV is Hiring!
We are growing and have several open positions. Find the job that’s right for you and be a part of our team! 

Counseling Can Help You
Beat Holiday Stress and Blues
For many people, the holiday season is a time of anxiety, loneliness or sadness. JFS SV is pleased to welcome Vivian Wesley, LCSW, as Manager of Clinical Services, who is here to provide a warm and accepting space to process feelings and learn coping techniques during the holidays or any time of year. She is currently accepting clients ages 14+ for individual psychotherapy.

For more information, refer to our Counseling page on our website or to make an appointment, contact (408) 556-0600.
Urgent Support Needed For Refugees!
JFS SV continues to resettle and serve Afghan refugees and Ukrainian newcomers and expects to serve nearly 900 refugees this year.

JFS SV urgently needs financial support to help with temporary and permanent housing for those resettling in Santa Clara County. Help us provide a safe home, case management, emergency food and so much more for those who have fled persecution and violence and need our help.

Donate today to the Ruth Perkins Emergency Fund for Refugee Services! 
HIAS & JFS SV Partner Event

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
5:30pm, Temple Emanu-El in San Jose

From Ukraine to Afghanistan to Silicon Valley:
The Jewish Community Response to Refugee Crises
Join us for an informative and inspiring evening where guest speaker Joe Goldman, Community Engagement Director for the Western Region at HIAS will give a global, national and state level picture, and Michelle Lee, JFS SV’s Director of Refugee Resettlement will share what is being done locally to resettle and support refugees and newcomers here in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area. Learn how you can help.

This event is free and open to the community. Click here to register.
Embrace-A-Family This Holiday Season!
The start of our 15th Annual Embrace-A-Family holiday gift program is quickly approaching and will run November 14th through December 20th. Giving gifts has never been easier through our SignUp Genius virtual dreidel boards. Select one or more dreidel wishes, make your monetary contribution for the gift with your credit or debit card, and JFS SV will deliver the gift to the individual. It’s that simple!

Watch for more details on how you can help bring joy to local families, homebound seniors and refugees who otherwise would not have gifts this time of year.  
November 29th is GivingTuesday . . .
a global movement that inspires people to give and celebrate generosity with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.

Like us on Facebook and stay tuned for more information on JFS SV’s participation in this year’s GivingTuesday! Click here for more info.
If you wish to donate directly to JFS SV online:
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