441 FAMILIES IN 2017!

Thank you to all of our
Donors and Embracers!

#MyTeam SD • 7th graders at Congregation Beth Israel • Albrecht Family • Anapoell, Burkholz, Drosman Families • Anonymous 5 • Andrea Valji/Brett Roggenkamp • Arguilez-Aguilar Family • Arias Family • B"LISHEM Chavurah • Barrad Family • Belmont Village Senior Living • Bergman Family • Berkson Family • Berman Family • Best Friends • Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool • Billmeyer Family • B'nai David Judea • Book Club • Boot World Inc. • Brightwell Family • Cacciatore Family • Callaway/Freeman Family • CalPacific, a Division of Bay Equity • Cervantes Nguyen Family • CGI • Chai Chavurah • Chan Family • Charles and Ilene Mittman • Chavurah 613 • Charles Choe • City National Bank Commercial Banking-SD • Cohen Chavurah • Cohen Family • Congregation Beth Am • Congregation Beth El • Congregation Beth Israel Men's Club • Cooperman Family • Cottrell Family • Richard Custard • D. Soto Kobernick • Dana Toppel • Dave & Shawn • Davis, Berson, Gerlach, Stahl Families • Deborah Lira • Diamond Family • Donna's Doers & Hedy's Holiday Helpers • Dor Hadash • Judith & Myron Dumoff • Ehrlich Family • Sigal Epstein • Epstein Family • Eric & Paula Book • Ewing Family • Fadness Family • Feldman Family • Feuerstein Family • Foreman Family • Frankel Family • Food Center Realty Corp. • Freifeld Familiy • Gardenswartz Family • Geffen Family • Girl Scout Troop 3830 • Girl Scout Troop 3858 • Girl Scout Troop 4057 • Girl Scout Troop 5048 • Girl Scout Troop 5116 • Girl Scout Troops 3882 & 4071 • Gloria & Nora Jaffe • Goldklang Family • Gumpel Family • Ha Rishonim Chavurah • Hamovitch Family • Havurah Rishonim • Health Center Partners of Southern CA • Hebrew Order of David  Helene Langer • Henson Family • Herrera Family • Hillel of  San Diego Staff • Hiscox-Littlefield Family • Nancy Hoffman • Hoffman Family • Hopkins Family • Hunninghake Family • Hurwitz/Cohen Family • Phyllis & Gordon Ingram • James and Karin Iwasaka • Jason Abelsohn • Jeanne Atherton • Jennewein Family • Jewish Community Foundation • Jewish Federation of San Diego • Jewish Student Union of SDSU • JFS Administration Team • JFS Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center • JFS Case Management Team • JFS Community Impacts Department • JFS Development Team • JFS Hand Up Teen Leadership • JFS On the Go Department • JFS Patient Advocacy Program • JFS Positive Parenting Program Department • Jill Levan's Havurah • Johnson Family • Jorge & Aviva Saad • Katovar Consulting • Kennington Family • Barry Finkenberg & Cindy Coats • Kira Finkenberg • Klinger Family • La Jolla Newcomer's Club • Labovitch/Polisky/Michaels Family • Lasher Family • Laura M Lorber • LaVere Family • Leah and Jonah Ollman • Lees Family • Leslie Carlene • Rob Lev • Levin Family • Hedy Levine • Levitt Family • Sharon Leib • Lindeman Family • Lisa, Ben and Eli Sussman • Laura Lorber • Loren Family • Los Mishunugas • Macdonald/Kossan Familiy • Manthorpe Family • Margot Burger • Emilie & Jeff Mason • Marti and Jim Eisenberg Family • Matthews Family • Mauser Family • Teresa & John McAnally • Karen McCracken • Meiselman Family • Melanie Nally • Milana Family • Miller Family • Milligan Family • Mintz Family • Morgan Schusterman • Janice Morris • Moyal Family • Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP • Myron Family • Naghi Family • Nagiel Family • Naomi and Wayne Harris • Barbara Nelson •  New Horizons Chavurah at Temple Emanu-El • Newcomers of San Dieguito • Odelson Family • Ohr Shalom Religious School • Joseph Oppenheimer • Ortiz Carreon Family • Parselany Family • Parzen Family • Robyn Perlin • Persky Glezer Schuman Family • Potiker Family • Pressman/Lupien Family • Price Family Preschool • Private Asset Management, Inc. • Rachel Abramson Family • Vivian Rich • Robert and Nonie Levi • Ron S. Zollman • Rosen Family • Rostovsky Family • Glenda Rothberg • Rowling & Associates • Sacks/ Schwartz Family • San Diego Cooperative Preschool • San Diego Jewish Academy • SanETY of Temple Emanu-El • Schneider Family • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla • SDG&E - IT PMO • Seacrest Village Retirement Communities • Sebastian Family • Tamar Shafran • Andrea Sher •  Sherman Family • Dianne Shershow • Shuster Family • Silberman Family • Sollender Family • Sophie Visonneau • Sovie Family • STEMsocks • Stiglitz Family • Jefferson Stone • Stone/Jensen Family • Sunrise Sistahs • Susan and Sophia • Suzi Cohen & Friends • Takahashi Family • Tayer Family • Tellier Family • Temple Solel Early Childhood Center • The Berry Family • The Brewer Family • The Bush Family • The Goodmans • The Hive • The Mahj Girls • The Miller Family • The Neustadt Family • The Nevins • The Oledzki Family • The Oratz Family • The Rose Family • The Schermans • The Sigelman Jester Marquardt Family • The Stein Family • The Wells Family • The Zollman Family • Tifereth Israel Sisterhood • Tifereth Israel Synagogue • Karin Toranto • Tran Family • Treger Family • Urso/Montgomery Family • Van Leeuwen Family • Velazquez Family • Vistage Worldwide • Helen Wachs • Joanne Wall • Welland Family • Wesley Family • Widman-Mazor Family • Winicki Family • XI BETA XI • Yee Family • Yellen Abulafia Waszczak Families • Ziman Family

If you would still like to be involved, you are more than welcome to provide items for our holiday shop. The holiday shop is a place where we keep additional items for families that need to be embraced after the deadline has passed. Care managers can come to the shop and select items for their additional client families.

It is a great way to provide gifts for people in need, even if they are not going to a specific family. Thank you again for participating in this wonderful program, and ensuring all of our clients have a joyous holiday season!

Making the Holiday Season a Little Brighter

Each year, we invite members of our community to Embrace-a-Family by giving gifts to a family in need in our community. Many of our Embrace-a-Family recipients wouldn’t have a Hanukkah or Christmas celebration without the support of caring people like you. This is a great way to get your children, friends, or colleagues involved in making the holidays a little brighter for a family in need.


Donation Drop-off

Items can be dropped off at the JFS storage facility on December 10th. We will email you with location and details as we get closer to the drop-off date.

Donate Gifts or Gift Certificates

Even if you can’t embrace a family, you can still participate! Donate new toys, other gifts, and/or gift certificates. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated for last minute gift purchases.

Unwrapped gifts, please

We request unwrapped gifts so parents can be included in the gift giving process. You are welcome to wrap gifts for households of one or those without children. Please consider including wrapping paper so parents can wrap the gifts for their children. We believe in dignity above all else and the holiday season can be challenging for many. Please help us preserve dignity and allow families to celebrate together. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please reach out to our Volunteer Engagement team by contacting them at  (858) 637-3242 or embrace@jfssd.org.


Confidentiality and Meeting the Families

JFS strives to give our clients the dignity and confidentiality they deserve.In order to protect the confidentiality of our Embrace-A-Family recipients, we keep their names and contact information private. And we are unable to arrange meetings between families and their embracers.

We recognize the disconnect this can often cause for the children who are excited to know more about the family that are embracing. In order to keep the Embrace-a-Family Program meaningful for your children, we recommend going through the wish list(s) you receive upon becoming an embracer. Go through the ages and genders of the family members and ask your children to draw a picture of what the family looks like. This is a good opportunity to teach your children about the Jewish values of tikkun olam and tzedakah, while preserving the dignity of participating families.

Thank you for your support and respecting the privacy of our clients.


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