Every great success story starts with the smallest inkling of an idea, a fleeting thought that starts with, “Wouldn’t it be great if…?”. That’s how Helene Bortz decided to found San Diego’s only G'mach, known as the Jewish Gift Closet. G'machim (G'mach is an acronym for Gemilut Chasadim, or deeds of loving kindness) are in large Jewish communities worldwide and are usually run by private individuals who seek to collect and distribute clothing, food, toys, furniture, and any material goods and services to those in need in the community. She was joined by Myrice Goldberg and together they opened their first location that in a building lent by a friend. Since then, the G'mach has grown and has moved into a permanent warehouse, centrally located, by way of a Leichtag Foundation Grant. An emergency fund was established, in part, from a grant by the UJF and from private donors and philanthropists inside the Jewish community. The G'mach has served hundreds of needy families and individuals throughout the San Diego community and continues to add programs and services for those in need.
The Jewish Gift Closet is open Mondays from 10 AM-2 PM. and Thursdays from 10 AM-2 PM, as well as the first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We welcome donations of all kinds and also have a Gift it Forward program, where donors can honor someone with a gift in their name. The G'mach is also in need of volunteers who can commit to a regular, consistent schedule and who would be happy to unpack and sort donations and assist people coming to drop off or shop for items in the warehouse.
The opening of our first G'mach warehouse.