January 2014

JCCSF Matters - December Edition

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10 Years In These Walls

The JCCSF has had many homes. Between 1877 and 1905 the JCCSF (then the YMHA) moved five times,
 even setting up shop once in the old Supreme Court building at McAllister and Larkin. Each building was its own unique space – one with a bowling alley and billiards room, another a temporary relief station for victims of the 1906 earthquake and fire. In 1933 the JCCSF (then the SFJCC) opened its doors at 3200 California Street, and for seven decades called it home.

Today the location of the JCCSF remains, but the building has changed. In 2004 a new building was constructed and this January our community will celebrate 10 years in its walls. That’s 10 years of Shabbats celebrated in the Pottruck Family Atrium, 10 years of miniature ballerinas spinning in the dance studios, and 10 years of celebrations, standing ovations, love connections and memories made.

This January the community is marking this special anniversary by sharing their memories of time spent in this building. Perhaps someone learned to swim at the Aquatics Center – or even got married here! You have a story to tell, too. Our collective memories are the history of our community.

When you’re at the JCCSF in January, look for our storytelling booth and share your memories. Or email your stories to

Double Your Impact

Give Today!

There is still one last chance to make your contribution to the JCCSF before 2013 is through. Thanks to a matching challenge grant from a few generous donors, if you give before the new year, the impact of your donation is doubled. How is that for an incentive to give now?

With your support, our community can remain welcoming to all. From scholarship assistance to supporting Tikkun Ha-olam – efforts to help make the world a better place – your gift truly matters.

Your donation – of any size – ensures we can continue serving the needs of our community. Please give today.

Call 415.292.1229 or visit jccsf.org/give. Thank you!  

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to all who gave generously on #GivingTuesday. 
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A B-Ball Reunion

Maccabi Alumni Game

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the sounds of surprise and delight could be heard coming from the gymnasium. Over the course of the afternoon, as people streamed in, moments of recognition repeated themselves – eyebrows lifted, hands went up, and many, many hugs were shared.

It was all part of the JCCSF’s JCC Maccabi Reunion. Many who participated in the JCC Maccabi Games® or JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® as part of Team San Francisco were in attendance. Teens interested in participating in future Games were in attendance too.

A basketball game took place, with former coaches and kids – now adults – playing each other, but really everyone was there to reminisce and reconnect. As the starting buzzer sounded and sneakers began to squeak on the hardwood, people in the stands huddled together to play catch up. For some, it was just another chance to hang with people they’ve kept in touch with for years, for others it was a chance to reconnect with fellow teammates who shared in one of the most pivotal experiences of their youth.

As the event wound down, phones were out as people exchanged numbers and emails and started connecting on Facebook. And those new teens? They walked away inspired to join Team San Francisco so they could start making the memories so many were recollecting.

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