San Francisco’s Most Inspirational Lunch Hour

The Strictly Business Awards Luncheon celebrates the life-changing power of work. We honor the achievements of our hard-working job seekers who have built in-demand skills and found work through JVS.

Jewish Vocational Service is rooted in core values to repair the world (in Hebrew, “tikkun olam”) — starting with our Bay Area community. We believe that work has the power to transform lives and we’re committed to helping people to help themselves. The links below reflect the many lives we’re transforming, including youth, Jewish college students and adults of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Summer internship for Jewish college students

Learn about our work with San Francisco youth

Best Practices for New Apprenticeships

The Veterinary Assistant Apprenticeship program exemplifies an aspect of JVS’s work that is less visible, but vital. More than a job training provider, JVS leverages 40+ years of Bay Area connections to forge innovative, life-changing partnerships. On July 11, 2018,...

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The Future of (Water) Work

Is California headed back into a drought? Did we ever come out? Californians spend a lot of time worrying about having enough water, but there’s another question we can’t ignore. How can we build the pipeline of workers to ensure our water supply is reliable and safe?...

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Transitions at JVS

A Message From JVS Board President, Michael Walker Together with the JVS Board of Directors, I’m writing to share some important news. After working at JVS since 1975 and serving as Executive Director and CEO since 1984, Abby Snay has decided to step down from her...

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Peter, Dayspring Technologies

"For many tech companies, hiring [older] workers is not on their diversity radar. JVS, in a very polite, but very persistent way, puts older, well-prepared candidates right in front of these companies so that they can't be ignored or dismissed." - Peter, Dayspring...

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Erica, UCSF

"This award means the world to me. I worked really hard for myself, and for my brother and for my sister, to get where I am today. I'm right here, where I want to be - in a career at UCSF." -- Erica, UCSF, 2018 Strictly Business Awards Luncheon Erica is a natural,...

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Rosalind, SFRAW

For Rosalind school had always been a challenge and she felt like an outsider. As a child of immigrants, English was not her first language and she struggled with reading and writing, which led to low confidence. She dreamed of being able to contribute to her family...

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Luisanna, John Muir Health

Luisanna had a difficult childhood – she never knew her father and spent most of her youth dealing with her mentally ill mother. Despite these obstacles, she graduated high school and found a job as an administrative assistant, where she worked for six years. Suddenly...

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John had a successful career in financial services and technology, until a horrific accident nearly killed him. After seven years of recovery, he was medically cleared to go back to work, but his entire industry had changed. John quickly realized that he needed to...

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