Moving Forward Together

Gala Bios

JFS’s annual Heart & Soul Gala

April 30, 2022 • 6:00pm – 12:00am
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine


Marcia Hazan

Gratitude has been — and always will be — Marcia Hazan’s guiding principle. Both in the Boardroom and in the community, Marcia approached every day of her 18 years on the JFS Board as a new opportunity to give back to the city she loves. A dedicated philanthropist and respected leader, Marcia generously invested her time and energy into addressing the urgent needs of her fellow San Diegans.

Over the years, Marcia was instrumental in expanding JFS programs for Jewish single parents and advocated for survivors of domestic violence and low-income older adults. She Co-Chaired the Behavioral Health Committee to support mental health awareness, envisioned new possibilities as part of the Strategic Planning Committee, and has recently joined the Center For Jewish Care task force. Her innovative approach, broad experience, and compassionate heart truly shaped San Diego — and JFS — into a better place for children, families, and older adults.

Following the example set by her parents, Pauline and Stan Foster, Marcia’s passion for giving back was inspired by their lifelong commitment to Tikkun Olam. A strong proponent of social justice, Marcia played an important role in influencing many new JFS initiatives that have created lasting change in our community.

Says Marcia, “People want to know they’re not invisible. During my time at JFS, I’ve seen every person at the agency serve our community with kindness, dignity, and integrity. It’s rare to find an organization that has such a ‘can do’ spirit and goes the extra mile to improve the lives of others. I’m grateful to have been a part of it.”

Brian & Danielle Miller


For more than a decade, the Millers’ passion for helping children thrive has strengthened our community programs and provided vulnerable families with the tools, resources, and support they need to transform their lives.

As owners of the award-winning toy store Geppetto’s, Danielle and Brian have donated hundreds of gifts to the Embrace-A-Family holiday campaign and the Jewish Big Pals/Supporting Jewish Single Parents Hanukkah party. For the Millers, toys are more than just fun — they are tools to help kids prepare for successful futures.

The importance that Danielle and Brian place on fostering happy, healthy families shines through in everything they do. From supporting organizations that benefit childhood development to fundraising for local schools, the Millers are dedicated to creating a San Diego where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Danielle and Brian’s commitment to empowering families and kids amplifies our core value of Kehillah — Community. Their kind-hearted spirit and consistent dedication to the San Diego community exemplifies what it means to Move Forward Together.