Jewish Resources in the Community

  • Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County is the Gateway to Jewish life in Sonoma County,  providing cultural, educational, social and recreational programming to all Sonoma County Jews regardless of age, lifestyle, or level of commitment.  The JCC runs the Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival, Friendship Circle, Chaverim Teens, Camp Chai, Simcha Sunday, and many other programs of Jewish interest in Sonoma County.
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties provides a comprehensive range of services to support individuals and families at every stage of life.  Parents’ Place offers parent education, counseling and consultation for raising children from infancy to young adulthood. For community members in crises or transition, JFCS can provide emergency financial assistance and counseling. To meet the challenges and decisions of everyday life, adults can turn to professionally trained staff to support and guide them. Seniors can depend on supportive services such as case management, transportation to medical appointment, money management and volunteer visitors which allow them to remain independent.
  • Sonoma Jewish Connection is a social network, a place to make Jewish friends, find families, join a Chavurah, start a book club or find a Seder. All are welcome, inclusive of everyone.
  • j. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California One of the oldest Jewish publications in America, this weekly’s heritage goes back to 1895, when it originated as The Emanu-El and was published as the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California from the mid-1940s until 2003.
  • The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is at the center of our vibrant Jewish community. With your help, we support the organizations, programs and services that address the needs of our Jewish family locally, in Israel and around the world.
  • Jewish Community Relations Council Through education, community collaboration and advocacy, the JCRC works towards a more just society and a strong, vibrant Jewish community—both in the United States and in Israel.
  • The Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco strives to provide the best of Israel to the western US in public affairs, culture and consular services.
  • Bay Area Jewish Healing Center is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through direct service, education and training, and information and referral.
  • Bureau of Jewish Education of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, whose goal is to lead our community in creating vibrant and engaging Jewish learning for educators, families, teens, and adults.
  • Lehrhaus Judaica is a non-denominational Jewish studies adult school. Every course is open to the public, and all interested adults are welcome, regardless of age, religion, or ethnicity.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society is dedicated to the development, preservation and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be searching their Jewish Roots.
  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum has been envisioned as a dynamic and welcoming space in downtown San Francisco, where people of all backgrounds can come together to engage in the extraordinarily diverse dialogues of Jewish expression. The new Contemporary Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libseskind, is scheduled to open in Spring 2008.
  • Judah L. Magnes Museum is a museum of art and history in Berkeley, California, focused on the Jewish experience, including the largest history center relating to the Jews in the American West.
  • InterfaithFamily.com is an online magazine for interfaith families exploring Jewish life. This resource is for everyone touched by interfaith relationships where one partner is Jewish, on every topic of interest to them, and for everyone who works with and cares about them.
  • The Mothers Circle Program is an umbrella of free educational programs and resources for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children within the context of intermarriage or a committed relationship, sponsored by the Jewish Outreach Institute
  • Project Welcome: Information for interfaith Jewish families compiled by the Union of Reform Judaism.
  • Reform Judaism is now the largest Jewish movement in North America, with more than 900 congregations and 1.5 million people.
  • The Union for Reform Judaism provides vision and leadership to Reform Jews and congregations on spiritual, ethical, social justice and management issues.
  • Reform Judaism Magazine is the official quarterly voice of the Union for Reform Judaism, linking the institutions and affiliates of Reform Judaism with every Reform Jew.
  • Camp Tawonga in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Yosemite National Park, has been a special place to thousands since 1925. Judaism is infused into daily life at camp. We offer programs for children, teens, adults, couples and families, and we’d love to have you join our community.
  • Camp Newman in Santa Rosa has provided a positive reinforcement for Jewish growth and development. The creation of a Jewish living experience in a natural community setting has touched the minds, spirits and souls of several generations.
  • Camp Chai  is a summer day camp for children entering 1st through 9th grade and includes Jewish traditions, arts and crafts, active games and sports, story telling, singing, Israeli dance and food, field trips and Shabbat celebrations. All are welcome regardless of religious practice.

Did you know that there is a Chevra Kaddisha in Sonoma County? We are members of various area synagogues who meet for the purpose of performing tahara, the ritual washing of the body prior to burial, and to be shomrim, guardians who stay with the body until the time of burial. Temple affiliation is not a prerequisite — we will perform this service for anyone who is Jewish upon request. If you would like to know more about the Chevra Kaddisha or to volunteer, please contact Mari Doxiadis at 579- 5525 or 291-3699.