Jewish Family Services Stands Together During This Crisis!
June 2020 
Dear Friends,
In May we celebrated Shavuot which commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai -  but also points to our connectedness.
We at JFS SV stand together in community, welcoming in a diverse group of people. We stand against hate and prejudice against people. We honor each other's skin color, ethnic origins, countries of origin, sexual identity, and more.
In these difficult days, let JFS SV be a part of your way to connect with our community.
With love and respect,
Mindy Berkowitz
Executive Director
Need Help with Grocery Shopping 
and Meal Delivery?

JFS SV now delivers 50-75 meals and grocery bags a week to seniors, people living with disabilities, newly unemployed people, and refugees.  
Our grocery shoppers bring light and nourishment of body and soul.  Our clients are less isolated and more supported - and it makes a huge difference in their lives at this difficult time.
If you need shopping or meal assistance: 
Contact Avital at
If you'd like to volunteer: 
Contact Lori at 
Need Help Coping Financially
During this Time?
Has it become difficult - or impossible - to make ends meet due to the pandemic? Our JFS staff can help you come up with a plan to manage. Limited financial assistance is available for those who engage in a financial self-sufficiency process with our staff.
Contact Sandra at    
Older adults should contact Avital at    
Save the Date:
Wednesday, July 1st, 7:00 PM 
Some call it "Good Evening JFS!"
Come experience the warmth, celebration, triumphs and joy that happen at every Jewish Family Services Annual Meeting.
Zoya Lazer and Vlada Gelfond congratulate Rabbi Melanie Aron at the JFS SV 2019 Annual Meeting
* Hear Inspirational Stories from the people JFS Helps
* Honor our Volunteers and Staff for Outstanding Service
* Celebrate 5 Successful Years of our Equipped-to-Learn Back to School Drive
* Install our dedicated Board of Directors
You'll be glad you came!
RSVP required to
This will be a Zoom virtual meeting.  Notification to RSVP attendees will be made in advance of the meeting. 
Share Your Garden's Bounty
with Chai House 
Will your garden overflow this summer?
Join our growing group of gardeners to share your garden's bounty with JFS@Chai House ! Chai House residents will love your fresh fruits and veggies.
Please email Mindy at by June 15th to learn more.
We will be following current government guidelines to ensure everyone's health and safety.

 JFS@Chai House Happenings 

Our JFS SV staff support all Chai House residents:
  • We distributed masks and gloves to residents and caregivers.
  • We deliver meals and challah to residents.
  • We help residents sign up for CalFresh (food stamps), renew Medi-Cal benefits, receive utility bill subsidies, prepare for housing recertification, and connect them to caregivers. 
  • Our JFS@Chai House office is set up so we remain at least 6ft apart from residents when they visit.  We also supported residents dealing with health issues and gave guidance about care options.
  • We Zoom together!  We've had Zoom Bingo with YA-LIVE and will begin our popular Conversation Box series by Zoom. 
  • Hilla offers remote counseling sessions to Chai House residents
  • We send out enewsletters regularly  
The JFS@Chai House office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment. Call  408-947-7256 to reach Sumi & Caroline or email or  
Zooming Along with Knitzvah
Our Knitzvah volunteers are busy sewing, knitting and crocheting.  Since mid March, Knitzvah has made over 1000 masks. Knitzvah members always answer the call for help!
If you would like a Knitzvah-made mask, please contact Lori at
Newcomers are always welcome!
The next Knitzvah Zoom meeting is Sunday, June 14th at 10:30 AM.  Please contact Lori for information at 
Refugees Connect
JFS SV received funding from United Way Bay Area and HIAS to distribute 50 laptops and tablets to newly arrived refugees.  
Danya Hazeghi, our refugee services clinical social worker told us of a recent client conversation:   
I had a really nice moment today when I met briefly with a client to give her a tablet.  She lives in a board and care and because of emotional disabilities, as well as the COVID crisis, is uncomfortable leaving the facility for significant periods of time.  This has caused a lot of loneliness and sadness for her, but with the tablet she'll have Zoom access to speak with friends and family back in Afghanistan, as well as to her case managers here.   
Her work ethic and commitment to strengthening her English skills are truly incredible, so she'll also have the ability to access all kinds of websites and resources that were not accessible with her cell phone.  She had tears in her eyes when she thanked me, and let me know that I should say thank you to her JFS "family" as well.
 Help JFS maintain essential services for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic
 If you do not see a fund listed you would like to donate to, you can make any choice, and put your preference in the comment section.
Summer Art Project
to Connect Seniors in Assisted Living

Looking for a great summer project for your kids or grandkids?  
We're holding a greeting card project in June and July. Children are invited to create cards for isolated seniors. Our volunteers will  distribute them to the activity directors at these facilities.
Please mail your cards to:  
Lori Cinnamon
Jewish Family Services
14855 Oka Rd., Suite 202 Los Gatos, CA 95032.

Counseling Available

As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people at home, many of us struggle with high levels of anxiety and stress. JFS is here to support you through Telehealth services, providing counseling via Zoom or phone.
Fees are based on a sliding scale and evening hours are available.  
For more information, contact:
Hilla Flohr, MSW 
Helping Refugees and Asylum Seekers in California Amidst COVID-19 
JFS of Silicon Valley Executive Director Mindy Berkowitz along with HIAS and California sister agencies - JFCS-East Bay and JFS San Diego - discuss serving refugees and asylum seekers during the COVID-19 crisis.  
Census 2020: Everyone Counts! 
JFS SV urges you to stand up and be counted! 
Our government uses census data to decide how to allocate $1.5 trillion dollars in funding.

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 support to provide essential needs to our clients in need.

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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