This is What a Community of Caring Looks Like

This is What a Community of Caring Looks Like

On Friday, May 10, we hosted our annual Community of Caring Luncheon. What a gathering! Nearly 800 of us attended—each table filled with friends, family members, and colleagues. And as our CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz shared after the event, “As I scanned the crowd, I didn’t just see faces, I saw relationships. The hundreds of…

In Times of Uncertainty We Need More Humanity

In Times of Uncertainty We Need More Humanity

By Rabbi Will Berkovitz, Schocken Family CEO Our world has transformed, and it feels like our humanity has been hijacked by extremists. Everything is off its axis. People are not thinking clearly. These are very painful and difficult days with no easy answers or simple solutions. It is a time of uncertainty. Many in our…

Repairing the World: Judy and Joe Schockens’ Transformational Gift to Jewish Family Service

Repairing the World: Judy and Joe Schockens’ Transformational Gift to Jewish Family Service

We are thrilled to share that Jewish Family Service has received a multimillion-dollar donation from long-time supporters Judy and Joe Schocken. For 132 years, JFS has partnered with our community to improve the well-being, health, and stability of those who need our support. This extraordinary gift, the largest to our endowment fund to date, will…

Refugee Shabbat: Timeless Jewish Commitment to Welcoming the Stranger

Refugee Shabbat: Timeless Jewish Commitment to Welcoming the Stranger

By Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Director of Project Kavod Refugee Shabbat is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers. This special Shabbat has even gone international with communities in Canada, Europe, and around the world taking part. As a diverse Jewish peoplehood, we…

New JFS program offers support to local Israelis

New JFS program offers support to local Israelis

We are pleased to introduce a new program to meet emerging needs in the community: JFS Israeli Community Services. The mission of JFS calls us to support the well-being, health, and stability of people in our local community. As we collectively navigate these challenging and uncertain times after the barbaric terrorist attack on October 7,…

Rising Above the Darkness

Rising Above the Darkness

By Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO I have been hearing from many, many people in the Jewish community over the past few weeks and the words most repeated are sadness, fear, and isolation. I feel this as well. I have been fighting the urge to harden my heart. It is easy to do as a way…

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