Poverty in the Bay Area Jewish Community

February 08, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


In partnership with JFCS East Bay and the Oshman Family JCC

  • What are the scope, characteristics, and needs of those facing poverty and economic insecurity in the Bay Area Jewish community?
  • What is our East Bay Jewish community doing to meet those needs?

Speakers include Prof. Bruce Phillips (HUC and USC), Rabbi Steve Chester (Temple Sinai), Brittany Couture and Robin Mencher (JFCS East Bay)

Interests: Families, Virtual
Organized By: 
New Lehrhaus
JFCS East Bay and Oshman Family JCC
Event Contact Person: 
Rabbi Steve Chester
Before coming to Temple Sinai in 1989, Rabbi Steven Chester served congregations in Jackson, Michigan (where he also served as the prison chaplain for the Jewish prisoners of the State of Michigan) and Stockton, California. He has taught Hebrew at Jackson Community College, Bible at Spring Arbor College and Bible and Judaism at the University of the Pacific, where he was named Adjunct Professor in the Religious Studies Department.
Professor Bruce Phillips
Dr. Phillips is Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. He has been among the leading researchers in the sociology of American Jewry for over three decades. He served on the National Technical Advisory Committees for the 1990 and 2000 National Jewish Population Surveys and advised the recent Pew study. He has conducted local Jewish population surveys in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Houston
Robin Mencher
CEO, Jewish Family & Community Services, East Bay
Robin leads JFCS East Bay’s efforts to envision a community where everyone can flourish with dignity. She builds civic and community capacity so that we can realize our mission of contributing to the resilience of communities, families, and individuals through advocacy and comprehensive support services at every stage of life.
Brittany Couture
Jewish Community Safety Net Coordinator, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay
Brittany joined JFCS-East Bay in 2015 as Chaverim Coordinator, a social group for Neurodivergent Jewish Adults. In 2021 she became the Jewish Community Safety Net Coordinator, a program designed to help stabilize Jewish community members during challenging times. Brittany has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Clinical Applied Psychology.