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Insights, community news, and updates from Jason Moss, our Executive Director

  • Jason Moss

    Executive Director of the Jewish Federation

    Executive Director of the Jewish Federation

Celebrating This Season

As a child growing up in the Bay Area, I was one of only a handful of Jewish kids in my schools. Around this time of the year, my mom would often come into my class and share the story, the history, and the customs of Hanukkah. She would bring along a dreidel and star shaped cookies to decor…

What are you thankful for this year?

In 1986, as the title character of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matthew Broderick spoke some of my favorite words ever uttered on the silver screen: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

I love that this time of the year, as w…

When there is a need, the Jewish Federation is here

As I continued to watch the coverage and the stories that came out of Texas and Florida following the destruction and aftermath from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I was struck by so many emotions. I was concerned for the people whose lives were turned upside down and sideways by something that…

Connection in this High Holiday Season

As we begin to prepare for the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, consider what these High Holidays mean to you.

Are they a time to focus on the present, and to take the time to connect with family and friends? Perhaps the High Holidays are an opportunit…

High Holiday Memo to Local School Districts

Each year the Jewish Federation distributes a memo to all local schools and district leadership reminding them that the High Holidays are approaching and that California State Law protects students from being penalized for observing their religious holidays.

Below is a copy of the lett…