Who We Are
We believe Jewish culture and traditions provide a pathway for joyful, meaningful living. In a changing world, the JCCSF brings people together to explore, connect and flourish.
Together, we cultivate connections for a more vibrant community through discovery, well-being and purpose.
WE TEACH. WE SHARE. WE EXPLORE.
Enriching the potential of every individual by nurturing curiosity and knowledge.
WE INSPIRE. WE SUPPORT. WE RESTORE.
Improving the health and well-being of our participants, our friends and our neighbors.
WE UNITE. WE LEAD. WE EMPOWER.
Supporting our communities by welcoming everyone and working together for a better world.
What We Stand For
Our Seven Core Values
The following quotations highlight the core values of the JCCSF, collectively known as the Sheva Middot, or Seven Core Values. The quotations appear on a 30-foot sculpted wall in the building’s atrium as a visual reminder to JCCSF members, visitors and staff.
- K’lal Yisrael // Jewish Inclusiveness
I make this covenant with all who are here this day and also with all who are not here.
– Deuteronomy 29:13-14
- Ruah // Spirit
Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit.
– Zechariah 4:6
- Torah // Torah
It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it. Its ways are delight, and all its paths are peace.
– Proverbs 3:17-18
- Hahnasat Orhim // Welcoming Strangers
Let your house be open wide.
– Pirkei Avot 1:5
- Tzedek // Justice
Until we are all free, we are none of us free.
– Emma Lazarus
- Tikkun Ha-olam // Repair of the World
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
– Anne Frank
- Re-ut // Friendship
Each of us bears the imprint of a friend met along the way, in each the trace of each.
– Primo Levi
Urban and inclusive, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco celebrates our vibrant city and its people. We explore Jewish culture and traditions as a pathway for joyful, meaningful living. We’re a community that welcomes everyone, using the power of gathering together to share, inspire, support and restore. All are welcome.
Expect the extraordinary and come curious every day, in person or online. You could enjoy an appearance by a renowned performer or cultural icon. You may get swept up in a holiday celebration with our own spirited twist. You might even see us pop up around town, welcoming you to an interactive experience inspired by Jewish culture. Our Fitness Center supports your wellness goals with exceptional trainers and daily classes like yoga, Pilates and tai chi. Preschoolers delight in discovering that vital early love of learning at one of our three exceptional schools, and year-round we enrich the lives of youngsters of all ages and whole families.
For more than a century we have evolved with our city, embracing its character and energy. Today, we tap into the rich layers of Jewish culture – its chutzpah, rhythms, resilience, and call for justice – as a resource for everyone. We practice the Jewish approach to making the world better by helping the people in it be better. We are committed to providing people the opportunity for discovery, well-being and purpose in our modern world. We invite you to experience the JCCSF.
Board of Directors
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Board of Directors 2022 – 2023
Peter Ross, Chair
Michael Eisler, Vice Chair
Greg Geronemus, Treasurer
Katherine Blum, Co-Secretary
Steve Sloan, Co-Secretary
Jodi Sherman Jahic, At-Large
Craig McGahey, At-Large
Betty Schafer, At-Large
Joe Sweeney, At-Large
Melissa White, Immediate Past Chair
Paul Geduldig, CEO
Sheldon Wolfe z”l
z”l May his memory be a blessing
Centers of Excellence
The Centers of Excellence focus the JCCSF’s expertise, knowledge and resources on providing our diverse community with high-quality educational, recreational and cultural programs and services. These distinct initiatives reflect a shared vision for creating a welcoming community with activities that satisfy the needs and enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Meet Our Staff
Our programs don’t happen on their own, we have a group of talented staff who bring them to life.