Emerging Leaders at JFS brings together young socially-minded Jewish professionals to support the many programs and services of JFS. Members contribute creative problem solving and professional skills while enhancing their own professional experiences.

By taking responsibility for the social issues affecting our community, and empowering each other to make a difference, Emerging Leaders at JFS is leading Jewish Family Service into the future.

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How It Works
Commitment and Benefits
Upcoming Events
Leadership Connections
Emerging Leaders & Operation Curb Appeal
Emerging Leaders at Feeding America

Emerging Leaders at JFS

How Does it Work?

Members participate in meetings and events, which vary in theme and structure—from strategic planning meetings and leadership trainings, to JFS volunteer projects and socially-responsible fundraising events. The diversity of opportunities and flexibility of involvement allows members to have a broad and multifaceted impact on JFS and the community as a whole. Members develop lifelong friendships, professional and business relationships, and play a meaningful role in addressing the needs of our community.

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What are the Commitments and Benefits of Joining?

Emerging Leaders at JFS offers flexible participation in community service projects, leadership development trainings, networking, and fundraising events. Members are able to participate in a variety of capacities, depending on their schedules.

Emerging Leaders support JFS by donating at least $360 per household.  Leaders are encouraged to participate in a variety of capacities, including:  

  • Attending quarterly planning meetings
  • Choosing to serve on the following subcommittees: Community Service, Event Planning, Golf Tournament, and/or Leadership Connections
  • Attending 1-2 JFS Board meetings each year
  • Attending JFS Heart and Soul Gala at discounted rate of $180 per person
  • Planning and coordinating the Emerging Leaders Golf Tournament
  • Developing leadership development events featuring prominent community leaders 
  • Participating in JFS community service projects 
  • Supporting JFS by participating in Embrace-a-Family

For more information or to get involved with Emerging Leaders, contact Ashley Harrington at (858) 637-3051 or ashleyh@jfssd.org.

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Upcoming Events

Become an Advocate Today!
Join a group of accomplished young professionals for the San Diego Jewish Advocacy Fellowship! You’ll become an advocate in the community and a change-maker in your personal and professional life. Applications for the 2017 San Diego Jewish Avocacy Fellowship are due by July 17, 2017. Click here to learn more.  

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Leadership Connections
Leadership Connections is an initiative presented by Emerging Leaders at JFS, designed to connect young professionals with those who have already established themselves as pillars in the community. This initiative features exclusive intimate gatherings hosted by Emerging Leaders at JFS, which provide a special forum for leaders of today to share their wisdom and insight with the leaders of tomorrow.  

Topics range from business to politics, with an emphasis on philanthropy and community involvement. Past speakers include Ernest Rady and Leo Spiegel. The comfortable and casual setting of Leadership Connections facilitates lively discussion and the opportunity to ask questions.  

Young professionals committed to bettering themselves and the community are welcome to attend!

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Emerging Leaders' 2nd Annual "Operation Curb Appeal" Community Service Project
On April 13, 2014, a group of 12 volunteers spent the day assisting with our most recent Operation Curb Appeal project with the JFS Fix-It Service. Over the course of the afternoon, the volunteers got to know Angel, an older woman who had experienced medical setbacks and needed help cleaning and repairing her home in preparation for a new caregiver. Over the course of four hours, the volunteers removed a truckload of debris from her yard, thoroughly cleaned her home, installed new shelves and a screen door, and re-landscaped her front yard. Now, Angel can can enjoy an afternoon in the yard with her dog Foxie or invite neighbors into her home knowing it is safe, clean, and welcoming.

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Emerging Leaders at Feeding America San Diego
On March 25, 2014, Emerging Leaders volunteered to box and bag food at Feeding America San Diego. Check out this great video of the experience by Brad Slavin!

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(858) 637-3000

Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA  92123

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