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Press Releases

Apr 19 2022

As we approach Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Jewish Family Service is helping to promote a national matching initiative of our partner Kavod Shef. In 2022, 34 communities nationwide have partnered through KAVOD SHEF to address unmet needs of Holocaust Survivors. The KAVOD SHEF partnership involves collaboration between KAVOD, Seed the Dream Foundation, National Philanthropic Partners, Jewish Federations, local donors, and Jewish Family Service agencies.
KAVOD SHEF dollars directly respond to Survivor needs in nine emergency areas: food, medical, dental, vision, urgent home needs (utilities, rent, repairs), emergency home care, transportation, essential deliveries, and PPE.

Mar 11 2022

In the coming days as the plight of Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans continues to unfold – among many other conflicts and humanitarian crises across the world – Jewish Family Service of San Diego stands at the ready to “Welcome the Stranger.” We call for the end of Title 42 and a stop to inhumanely expelling asylum seekers and migrants arriving at the U.S. border.

Mar 8 2022

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded its 14th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator – America’s leading independent charity evaluator. With rigorous evaluations, less than 1% of the thousands of charities evaluated are awarded this recognition continuously for more than a decade.

Feb 1 2022

This past Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of the first time
that a person seeking asylum was returned to Tijuana from San Diego under the cruel
and unjust “Remain in Mexico” program, also known as the Migrant Protection
Protocols (MPP) on January 29, 2019. Despite initially taking steps to end Remain in
Mexico, the Biden administration is now reimplementing the policy and again putting
the lives and asylum cases of people fleeing persecution at risk. Today, immigration
judges in San Diego will preside over the first court hearings of people forced back to
danger in Tijuana under the reimplemented policy.

In the News

May 12 2022

Mother Jones

Their preparations are moving forward even as a federal judge is expected to rule—perhaps as soon as the end of the week—on whether Title 42 will actually end as scheduled. If the judge doesn’t intervene and the policy is lifted as planned on May 23, it would not constitute a new asylum policy; rather the shift would bring things back to pre-pandemic operations for asylum seekers at the border. “We anxiously await and are eagerly preparing for the full termination of Title 42,” says Kate Clark, senior director of immigration services at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, a group that has been instrumental in assisting asylum seekers for years. Kate Clark’s interview continues and there are additional statements by members of the California Welcoming Task Force.

May 2 2022

Fast Company

Direct cash pilots often expire without building grassroots support for the program. This new framework aims to energize voters and turn them into advocates. Khea Pollard, director of San Diego For Every Child, discusses the role Income Movement has had in the launch of our program.

Apr 25 2022

NBC 7 San Diego

Mayor Gloria recently visited Jewish Family Service’s Safe Parking Program. There he met Rudy Sanchez and his wife Maria Carmen who used the lot for 9 months before returning to stable housing, a low-rent apartment subsidized by the Section 8 voucher program. “When I see people in their cars, I tell them to go to the Jewish Family Service right there on Balboa. They are great people and they will help you,” said Sanchez.

Apr 21 2022

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In her latest opinion piece for The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dana Toppel, Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Family Service and founder of MAKE WORK WORK FOR MOMS, addresses the pandemic statistic that millions of women have been driven out of the workforce due to disproportionately taking on more caregiver and domestic responsibilities. She sits down with Reshma Saujani, founder of the Marshall Plan for Moms, to discuss three things we can do now to show up for working moms.