Mark your calendars - here are the upcoming Sisterhood events through the end of June:
Thursday, March 21, 7pm - Holistic Health: Medical and Recreational Marijuana
Wednesday, April 3, 6pm - Sisterhood Seder
Sunday, April 28 - Pala Casino Trip (SOLD OUT!)
Friday, May 10, 7:30 pm - Sisterhood Shabbat
Thursday, May 16, 7pm - Israel Celebration
Sunday, June 9, - LOVE Luncheon honoring our volunteers
Sunday, June 23, 8:30am - MahJongg Tournament
Because the guest speaker at Thursday’s “Holistic Health: Medical and Recreational Marijuana” event is the Director of Addiction and Prevention Services at the Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles, we bring you a brief history of JFS, Los Angeles’ oldest and most active charitable organization.
In 1854, when the entire population of Los Angeles was a whopping 1,610, the tiny Jewish community here established the Hebrew Benevolent Society which would become what it is today, the Jewish Family Service, the largest social service agency in Los Angeles.
In its inception, the volunteer group’s purpose was to collect funds from “those who have” and distribute them to “those who have not”. It’s first project was to purchase land for a cemetery to fulfill the commandment of burying the dead.
As the population of Los Angeles grew and the needs of the residents changed, the agency responded to the challenges by expanding the geographical area served and the range of services offered. Each different era brought with it its own needs and the agency responded to meet those needs. During the 1900s the agency experienced a great expansion of its services from the basic needs of food and shelter to specialized services such as immigration and resettlement, support services to survivors of the Holocaust and medical and child care. In 1946 the Hebrew Benevolent Society changed its name to Jewish Family Service to reflect its broadened array of programs.
Today, JFS has a reputation that stretches far beyond the Los Angeles area. It is known nationally and internationally for its excellence in services for children, families, individuals with disablities, survivors of violence, and older adults.
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