Our Values

As our agency becomes increasingly embedded in diverse religious and cultural communities, we are being enriched by the humanitarian values held by these various traditions. We have repeatedly found that the best of Jewish values are reflected in other cultures as well.

JFCS East Bay is guided by four core values that are reflected in every aspect of our work: Compassion, Excellence, Inclusion, and Community.

  • Compassion – Compassion is at the heart of our agency, shaping who we are, what we do, and why we do it. With our caring, personalized services, our focus is always on the unique needs of each individual who turns to us for help and support.
  • Excellence – Our expert staff uphold the highest professional standards in providing care to individuals and families. That excellence is amplified by an extraordinary level of dedication, pouring our hearts and souls into our work every day.
  • Inclusion – We are greatly enriched by our commitment to welcoming the full multicultural diversity of our East Bay community. Our doors are open to those who have often been excluded due to race, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other factor. We break down barriers to access for those who are vulnerable.
  • Community – We believe that community directly influences health, happiness, and well-being. We build social, emotional, and cultural links among people who would otherwise be isolated or disconnected. Most of our services are provided in homes, hospitals, preschools, senior centers, and other places where people live and gather – although, during the pandemic, we have enhanced many services to include virtual opportunities.

Our work is also anchored by deeply held Jewish values, connecting us to our agency’s roots and guiding our mission. These values illuminate why we do what we do, as we put them into action on a daily basis:

  • Tikkun Olam – Chief among our values is the Jewish mandate to “repair the world,” bringing healing and justice to a world deeply in need of both.
  • Honoring Our Elders – Drawing on the Ten Commandments injunction to honor our fathers and mothers, we offer deeply respectful assistance to our community’s older adults.
  • Welcoming the Stranger – Remembering always that we “were once strangers in the land of Egypt,” we offer refuge to those in need, honoring the many times and places in history when Jews needed a safe haven.
  • Caring for the Vulnerable – Adhering to the traditional mandate to “care for the widow and the orphan,” we provide expert services to people in challenging circumstances who do not otherwise have access to assistance.
  • Pursuing Justice – We are commanded to be “Rodfei Tzedek,” addressing the sources and results of injustice in our community.
  • Consoling the Bereaved – We honor the traditional mitzvah of being compassionately present for those in our community who have suffered a loss.
  • Upholding the Sanctity of Every Human Being – The Torah affirms that each human being is created in the divine image; accordingly, every single individual deserves the utmost respect.