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JFS’s new Blueprint for Impact will guide our organization through the next few years as we adapt and evolve to make a more profound impact in our community.


Press Releases

Dec 8 2021

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is offering free rides through On The Go to local seniors who want to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots — or the original vaccine — as part of the agency’s continued efforts to provide meaningful services to help San Diegans through pandemic challenges.

Dec 2 2021

As legal service providers and immigration advocates, Jewish Family Service of San Diego strongly urges the White House to permanently terminate MPP. We stand at the ready to help the Administration achieve its previously stated goal of rebuilding a humane immigration system, all while prioritizing public health. We must return to our nation’s long history of welcoming the stranger.

Nov 2 2021

US Senators led by Senator Blumenthal are calling for US Customs and Border Protection to stop detaining known pregnant people. This action was prompted by a formal complaint filed by JFS and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties following a woman giving birth in a Border Patrol detention facility.

Oct 20 2021

The Biden-Harris Administration made a promise to terminate the inhumane border policies it inherited, and that promise has been broken with the plan to reinstitute “Remain in Mexico.” The Biden-Harris Administration is upending protections for vulnerable people who are desperately looking for safety. With tens of thousands of lives at stake, the time is now to rebuild our nation’s broken immigration system by allowing people to seek international protection in the U.S.

In the News

Dec 25 2021


Esta familia salió huyendo de Michoacán, México, donde su vida corría peligro. Inicialmente tenían planeado cruzar la frontera el 1 de diciembre, pero el nacimiento de la hija de Yunuen se adelantó; sin embargo, su cita para solicitar asilo fue reprogramada y ahora permanecerán en un albergue en Estados Unidos hasta que se cumpla la nueva fecha para acudir ante un juez a presentar su caso. Más noticias aquí.

Dec 24 2021

Times of San Diego

Jewish Family Service of San Diego announced it would begin offering free rides to local seniors who want to receive COVID- 19 vaccine booster shots or the original vaccine. Rides are provided through their On the Go transportation program. “With the CDC’s recent recommendation about booster shots for seniors, we want people to know that we stand at the ready to provide free rides for seniors who want a booster shot or still need the initial vaccine,” CEO Michael Hopkins said.

Dec 23 2021


In November, San Diego sector stood as the sixth busiest of the border’s nine regional crossing points. Almost 18,000 migrants were encountered here during the same month. Concerns over rising rates of COVID-19 in Baja California and the new threat of the Omicron variant have pushed shelters to take greater precautions to keep their clients and staff safe, Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services & Lead Immigration Attorney at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, told Newsweek.

Dec 23 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In this opinion piece by Dana Toppel, Chief Operating Officer, she stresses that this New Year must have a resolution of not returning to what wasn’t working, especially when we know a better way is possible.