Mission & Values

The mission of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco is to enrich Jewish life, build Jewish identity, promote the development of meaningful bonds within our community, and facilitate connections with Israel and Jews worldwide.

The JCCSF is the Jewish gateway and neighborhood where all are welcome. It provides quality experiences through a mix of formal and informal Jewish educational, recreational, and cultural activities. People of all ages are invited to participate at their level of interest and encouraged toward higher levels of involvement in Jewish life and in the community at large.

The following quotations highlight the seven core values of the JCCSF. Collectively, they are known as the Sheva Middot, or Seven Core Values. The quotations appear on a 30-foot sculpted wall in the building’s atrium. The wall includes Hebrew lettering, plus the English translations seen here.

  • 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

In the spring of 2003, the JCCSF reached out to the community for inspirational quotations – Jewish or otherwise. Submissions included everything from Bible passages to Gandhi to Muhammad Ali. With hundreds of submissions – spanning a wide range of religions, cultures, historical eras and subject matter – the selection process began in May of 2003.

JCCSF leaders spent many hours working with a committee of local Jewish scholars and writers to make the final selections. In addition to its visual beauty, the Sheva Middot reminds JCCSF members, visitors and staff of the values at the JCCSF’s core.