Our Mission

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.



Enriching the potential of every individual by nurturing curiosity and knowledge.

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Improving the health and well-being of our participants, our friends and our neighbors.

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Supporting our communities by welcoming everyone and working together for a better world.

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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

Our Community

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 2024 – 2025


Michael Eisler, Chair
Juliana Bunim, Vice Chair
Greg Geronemus, Treasurer
Dan Shapiro, Co-Secretary
Trisha Sherman, Co-Secretary
Danielle Foreman, At-Large
Craig McGahey, At-Large
Lyn Werbach, At-Large
Peter Ross, Immediate Past Chair


Alex Austin
Riva Berelson
Liz Berman
Katherine Blum
Joanna Forster
Peter Friend
Alexander Germanacos
Raphael Haas
Eve Myers Loecher
Kevin Perkins
Dash Robinson
Betty Schafer
Steve Sloan
Neal Tandowsky
Martin Tannenbaum
Brent Vallat
Melissa White
Brian Williamson

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.

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