Readers’ Choice 2020: Charitable Organization

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Jewish Family and Children’s Services

(415) 449-1200  •

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco has been called on to help out during the recent crises, raising funds and providing services for people affected by the pandemic and fire evacuations. Many programs and services are provided, including adoption help, LGBTQ support, senior and end-of-life counseling, and assistance to émigrés, Holocaust survivors, people with disabilities and families in crisis. The organization also serves the North Bay and the Peninsula, providing compassionate care to children, families and older adults facing transitions and personal troubles.



Hebrew Free Loan

(415) 546-9902  •

This year, Hebrew Free Loan has been called on more than ever to help out those in need, offering Coronavirus Impact loans, Fire Relief loans and other emergency aid. Since 1897, the organization has provided help to many with interest-free loans: immigrants, adopting couples, first-time homebuyers, families facing emergencies, students and small business owners. An incredible 99.5 percent of the loans have been repaid. In addition to serving the Jewish community, the agency offers loans, on a nonsectarian basis, to college students from low-income families.



Shalom Bayit

(866) 742-5667  •

Shalom Bayit is Northern California’s first and only Jewish agency dedicated to eradicating domestic violence, and it provides confidential peer counseling, support, information, referrals, and advocacy to Jewish women who have experienced abuse in the home. Based in Oakland with offices on the Peninsula, the agency serves the entire region and provides abuse-prevention and healthy-relationship workshops. Currently the organization is open and providing individual counseling and phone-based support groups, safety planning and vouchers and gift cards for groceries and other necessities.

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay


(510) 704-7475  •

This organization has always been an inclusive and equitable provider of social services to East Bay individuals, families, children, older adults, Holocaust survivors and refugees. “Compassion in action, commitment to all” is its mission, and every day, staff and numerous volunteers take on the mantle of that mission, bringing help and hope to the many they serve.

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