The Power of Community

Supporting Local Holocaust Survivors this Yom Hashoah

Nearly 200 Holocaust Survivors in the Bay Area Live Just Above or Below the Poverty Line.

Jewish Family Services in partnership with Jewish Silicon Valley aims to honor, remember, and support survivors with Operation Dignity.

Each year Jewish Silicon Valley (JSV) and Jewish Family Service (JFS) join in partnership for Operation Dignity, a three-week long initiative to honor and remember the incredible courage of the Holocaust Survivors, and raise important funds that support their basic living needs. The funds raised during this program ensure that survivors in the South Bay will never have to choose between a warm, healthy meal and a life-saving medical prescription.

Every dollar donated to Operation Dignity will be matched by the Joseph Gringlas National KAVOD SHEF 2022 Fund up to $90,000. During the Operation Dignity Campaign will go towards the most urgent of needs: 

Nearly 200 Holocaust Survivors currently living in Silicon Valley just above or below the poverty line. It is our moral obligation to provide our most vulnerable Survivors with the desperately needed assistance they deserve. As a community, we can’t let them ever worry about the basic needs of survival again.

With a commitment to remember those that we have lost, and giving honor and dignity to those who remain, 100% of all funds raised will go directly to the survivors’ urgent needs, including:

  • Paying monthly utility bills and groceries 
  • Purchase of a critical appliance (Refrigerator, stove, or microwave to replace non-working previous one) 
  • Payment of an HOA, condo maintenance bill, or special assessment 
  • A month or more payment of rent or mortgage to avoid eviction
  • Needed home repairs such as: roof, plumbing, air conditioning 
  • Medical Expenses, Hearing Aids, Medications, Home Health Assistance- 
  • Managed Care

When donors give from April 12th through April 28th they are invited to pay tribute in honor or memory of a loved one. Jewish Silicon Valley and Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley will post each tribute on a newly created Operation Dignity Virtual Wall that will be housed on both websites beginning April 28th on Yom Hashoah.

Yom Hashoah was established in Israel in 1959 by law. It falls on the 27th of the Jewish month of Nissan, a date chosen because it is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The name comes from the Hebrew word ‘shoah’, which means ‘whirlwind’.

Donations large or small help JSV and JFS serve this important community. Donations can be made HERE or by check. Checks can be made out to Jewish Family Service and designated to Operation Dignity, Send checks to 14877 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032.