Eureka Benevolent Society: Today’s Jewish Family Service & Children’s of San Francisco

Eureka Benevolent Society


The Eureka Benevolent Association was formed in 1850 for aid and relief to indigent and infirm Jews, to bury the dead, and to aid impoverished Jews.

In 1907, the Association became the Eureka Benevolent Society.

The Eureka Benevolent Society expanded through the years to offer more services to the community.

In the early 20th century, other Jewish agencies, such as the Hebrew Ladies’ Sewing Circle and The Ladies Benevolent Society, merged with the Eureka Benevolent Society.

Today, the organization is known as the Jewish Family and Children’s Service Agency.

The following Early Jewish Pioneers of the 1850’s, 60’s, and 70’s, along with many others, made this possible:

August Helbing

Abraham Anspacher

Samuel W. Levy

Jacob Greenbaum

Lippman Sachs

Levi Strauss

Joseph Brandenstein


  • Norton B. Stern, “First Hebrew Benevolent Society of San Francisco,” Western States Jewish History 41/1.