about jewish family service
Since 1918, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families in times of need. Our wide range of integrated services Empower Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Support Aging With Dignity, and Foster Community Connection & Engagement throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley. JFS provides essential services to people regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.
JFS is a home for people in search of better lives and for those seeking to make better lives possible. Many people first turn to JFS with a specific need, like hunger. That first contact often leads to a wide range of integrated services that address their financial, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. In partnership with our community of clients and supporters, we’re Moving Forward Together.
Jewish Family Service is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonsectarian human service agency and an equal opportunity employer.
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Michael Hopkins, MSW
Michael became CEO in January 2012, continuing his 35+ years building and strengthening the Jewish community across the country. Prior to joining JFS, Michael served as Executive Director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBT organization, and CEO of Jewish Community Center (JCC) Metrowest, one of the largest JCCs in the country.
Michael holds a Master's in Social Work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Locally, he is a member of the new Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board, which addresses homelessness in our community.
Dana Toppel, LCSW, MBA
With almost two decades of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities, Dana has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, innovative, high-impact organizations. Prior to joining the JFS team, Dana worked as a director, consultant, and therapist for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth & Community Services.
Dana is dedicated to advancing equity and participates in local, regional, and national conversations to advance efforts related to inclusive leadership, professional training, and ensuring access to opportunity for all. Dana serves on the education committee for the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego and the budget and finance committee for RISE San Diego.
In 2016, Dana was recognized as one of San Diego’s “100 Most Influential Leaders”, as a “SD Metro Mover and Shaker”, and by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber as a “79th Assembly District Woman of the Year”.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Dana holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California.
Shana Hazan, M.A.Ed
Previously, Shana developed Jewish Family Service’s nationally-recognized model for youth leadership development through service learning. She has also worked for ABC News in London, taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, and served as Safe Routes to School Director for Active Transportation Alliance.
Shana holds a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She previously served on the executive committee of Run Women Run, and chaired Women Give San Diego’s Advocacy Committee.
In 2017, she was selected as a University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward Under 40 Awardee, and in 2016 was recognized by Assembly Speaker Atkins as a 78th Assembly District Woman of the Year, and by San Diego Metro as a “40 Under 40” award winner. A native San Diegan, Shana is the proud parent of a young daughter.
View our year-end reports for fiscal year 2016-2017.