Jewish Family Services Thanks You for Your Support
  August 2016   
Dear Friends,
Late August in California means Back to School!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our second Equipped to Learn Backpack Drive a great success. You contributed over 150 backpacks and all the supplies needed to give our preschool through adult learners a great start to the school year. Kids of all ages - along with many adults - volunteered to count, sort and pack.
What a great team we make!
Wishing you a happy end of summer.

Mindy Berkowitz
Executive Director

Happy 10th Anniversary to Knitzvah!
Join Us!

Knitzvah's 10 Year Anniversary Party
and Artist Reception

Sunday, September 18, 2016
at Levy Family Campus

10:30 am:  Anniversary Party (Adult Lounge)
11:30 am: Knitzvah Artist Reception (2nd Floor Gallery)

Refreshments Served

Since Knitzvah began in 2006, the "fabulous and amazing" Knitzvah members have created over 22,000 cuddly creations for 22 agencies.

If you love to knit, crochet or sew; or really want to learn how, this is the group to join!  Knitzvah meets monthly and creates beautiful handmade items for preemie babies in the NICU, seniors who appreciate lap blankets to keep warm, cancer patients in need of colorful caps, and so much more.
The  Knitzvah Artist exhibit is being held on the 2nd floor gallery hall of the Levy Family Campus from September 14th through October 28th.  The exhibit showcases exquisite and artistic handcrafted items from Knitzvah members.  Each of these beautiful items has a story of giving from the heart which gives recipients hope for a better future.

For more info, contact:

Barbara Berlant at
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467


BRCA Foundation Panel Discussion

1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish men or women
have the BRCA genetic mutation carrier

Join Us to Learn More!

BRCA Foundation Panel Discussion
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00PM
Congregation Beth David
19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga CA

1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish women or men are a BRCA mutation carrier, as compared to one in 600-800 in the general population.  What does this mean for Jewish families?  Come learn about the BRCA genetic mutation, how it can be identified, and what kind of difference can be made once it is known! 
Panelists will include world renowned BRCA research experts from Stanford or UCSF and a genetic counselor.


Help people in need this summer through JFS.
Emergency Fund for Refugee Services

JFS SV urgently needs your help!  Each year, we welcome refugees who have experienced persecution due to their religion, ethnicity, political expression or sexual orientation. The people we help are fleeing dire and often violent circumstances.

This year JFS SV will serve 200+ vulnerable refugees with resettlement support, vocational English language training, job search assistance, case management, and emergency food assistance. 

Emergency Need for Kosher Food

This year the FEMA National Emergency Food and Shelter Board (EFSP) withheld its annual allocation to Santa Clara County, as it did not meet their criteria. 
As a result, Jewish Family Services doesn't have the funds ($48,000 in 2015) for our food package program this year.
We need to collect over 12,000 pounds of kosher food and we need your help to make this happen.

Vehicle Donations
Have an old car taking up space in your driveway?

Donate it to Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley!  We accept all types of vehicles, and it is tax deductible.
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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