About the JCCSF
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco is the oldest Jewish center on the West Coast, providing educational, social, cultural and fitness programs to the community since 1877. Open to all, with the mission of building and preserving Jewish Identity, its programs and services include:
The mission of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco is to enrich life, build Jewish identity, promote
the development of meaningful bonds within our community, and facilitate connections with Israel and Jews
The JCCSF is the Jewish gateway and neighborhood where all are welcome. It provides quality experiences
through a mix of formal and informal Jewish educational, recreational, and cultural activities. People of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are invited to participate at their level of interest and encouraged toward higher levels of involvement in Jewish life and in the community at large.
The following quotations highlight the seven core values of the JCCSF. Collectively, they are known as the Sheva Middot, or Seven Measures. The quotations appear on a 30-foot sculpted wall in the building’s atrium. The wall includes Hebrew lettering, plus the English translations seen here.
- K’lal Yisrael (Jewish Inclusiveness): I make this covenant with all who are here this day and also with all who are not here. – Deuteronomy 29:13-14
- Ruach (Spirit): Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit. – Zechariah 4:6
- Torah (Torah): Torah. It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it. Its ways are delight, and all its paths are peace. – Proverbs 3:17-18
- Hachnassat Orchim (Welcoming strangers): Let your house be open wide. – Pirkei Avot 1:5
- Tzedakah (Justice): Until we are all free, we are none of us free. – Emma Lazarus
- Tikkun ha’Olam Repair of the world): How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank
- Reyut (Friendship):
- Each of us bears the imprint
- Of a friend met along the way,
- In each the trace of each.
- - Primo Levi
In the spring of 2003, the JCCSF reached out to the community for inspirational quotations – Jewish or otherwise. Submissions included everything from Bible passages to Gandhi to Muhammad Ali. With hundreds of submissions – spanning a wide range of religions, cultures, historical eras and subject matter – the selection process began in May of 2003.
Center leaders spent many hours working with a committee of local Jewish scholars and writers to make the final selections. In addition to its visual beauty, the Sheva Middot reminds JCCSF members, visitors and staff of the values at the JCCSF’s core.
Fitness Center Hours
|Monday - Friday:
||5:30 am - 10:00 pm
|Saturday - Sunday:
||7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118