Jewish Family Services
Begins Passover Food Drive
  March 2016   
Dear Friends,
JFS Passover Food Drive I hope you are enjoying yet another gorgeous California springtime. With sufficient rainfall, we should be able to enjoy the earth's bounty...and with your support all who are hungry can enjoy the bounty of Passover. Our annual community-wide Passover Food Drive has begun. Please give generously. The hundreds of families and seniors you help will be so grateful.


Mindy Berkowitz
Executive Director

10th Annual Passover Food Drive

Join JFS SV in making the celebration of Passover possible 
"Let all who are hungry come and eat."
Passover Food Bin Join Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley in our Passover Food Drive to benefit needy individuals, families, and seniors.

Food barrels will be placed March 25th (thru April 13th) in the Levy Family Campus lobbies as well as area synagogues and schools including: 
Congregation Beth David
Congregation Emeth 
Congregation Shir Hadash
Congregation Sinai 
Temple Emanu-El
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School  

We appreciate your contributions of the following wrapped Kosher for Passover 2016 food items:  
Gefilte Fish                      Matzoh Ball Soup in a Jar 
Horseradish                     Matzoh 
Jam                               Macaroons
Candies                          Cookies
Matzoh Ball Soup Mix         Dried Fruit (pre-bagged)
Latke Mix                        Matzoh Meal
Potato Starch                  Cake Meal
Grape Juice                     Tea

We Need Volunteers! 

Help JFS Collect and Distribute Passover Food!

Your generous time and helping hands make the celebration of Passover possible for families and seniors in need. Whether you can give one hour or twenty, your donation of time and caring will make a difference. Please join us for any of the following activities:

Pick up Passover Food Drive Donation Bins
March 25. Deliver the food donation bins to area synagogues and day schools and pick up when the drive is over.

Mailing Assistance
Early April . Help prepare the Jewish Family News mailing.

Food Drive Sorting
Early April . Help us sort food from our food drive. For adults and teens.
Pack Food
March 31 (evening), April 1 (10:00 AM- 1:00 PM),
April 3 (times to be arranged)
April 10th (times to be arranged)
Be part of Good Deeds Day: A global day of doing good.
Pack Passover food packages for seniors. For adults and teens.

Deliver Food Packages
April (times to be arranged, 1-2 weeks before Passover)
Deliver Passover food packages and visit with local seniors before Passover.

Deliver Holiday Bags to
Senior Facilities and Nursing Homes
April (times to be arranged, weeks before Passover)
Deliver small Passover holiday bags.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers please email Sheila Monheit at  with your availability and interest. 

Our Good Morning JFS! guests had so many good things to say about our event last month. 265 guests joined us at breakfast to hear JFS stories - and came away with so much more than lox and bagels.

"Delightful, light, positive! 
I would definitely come back again." 

"Wonderful, wonderful. Very well run.
Perfect. I loved everything."

"It was all I could do not to burst into tears.
I really want to get involved.
I also really like how you're helping refugees."

"Speakers were great, video was great."

"Yasher koach to you!"

"Every time I go, I learn more about JFS.
I hope you'll do it next year."

A very special Thank You goes to our Table Hosts for filling their tables.  

Loved the video? Watch it again.  

For all those who participated at Good Morning JFS!, thank you for joining us for an inspiring morning of first-hand stories from those who make our world a better place. We invited you to learn more about Jewish Family Services and how we empower people who face difficult life challenges.
Save the Date for our next Good Morning JFS!
March 15, 2017

More information:

Help people in need this spring through JFS.

Vehicle Donation Program

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

JFS SV HomeCare
Available Now!
"My homecare caretaker is fabulous. She makes lunch, does the dishes and the laundry. She's been so helpful caring for me while I'm recuperating from my surgery."
JFS customers love the new JFS SV HomeCare Services.  Maybe it's just what you need. 
For more info, call (408)556-0600 or email
For details . . .

Job Opening
Career Counselor 

Jewish Family Services is seeking a Full - Time Career Counselor to assist with employment preparation and job development for recently -
arrived refugees in the Connections to Work program.


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 information, please contact: 
Mindy Berkowitz at (408) 357-7455 or

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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Suite 202
Los Gatos, California 95032
(408) 556-0600 phone
(408) 551-0091 fax