Moving Forward Together


Jul 1 2020

GB Magazine

For many in San Diego, making ends meet is a daily challenge. This is especially true for our community’s most vulnerable: struggling families, older adults, people experiencing homelessness, and undocumented immigrants. And this hardship has been even further compounded by the COVID-19 crisis. Jewish Family Service is committed to meeting San Diego’s ever-changing needs, assisting people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages.

Jun 26 2020


JFS was named a Super Pantry. Sasha Escue, Director of Nutrition Services, is interviewed at our no-touch, no-contact food distribution that takes place every weekday at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus. Click below for an article and video of the story.

Jun 23 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tom Stewart, Hand Up Food Pantry Coordinator, is recognized as a front-line hero in this testimonial.

Jun 19 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In this op-ed, CEO Michael Hopkins and Ellen J. Neufeldt, President of California State University San Marcos, discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to protect DACA recipients and how critically important it is that Congress takes action now to provide permanent safety, protection, and pathway towards citizenship.

Jun 3 2020


Sedrick Murhula, JFS Youth Program Coordinator, participates in this important roundtable discussion.

May 31 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

With ‘Remain in Mexico’ hearings paused, the coronavirus lockdown has made it increasingly difficult to find food and shelter.

May 27 2020

Voice of San Diego

The City Council voted unanimously to extend the city’s contract with the nonprofit Jewish Family Service, citing a potential increase in homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic and after police found no evidence that program was increasing crime, as opponents predicted it would.

May 21 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Encinitas council approves proposal, saying program provides a critical service given during pandemic.

May 21 2020

The Coast News

After reading over 100 testimonials and comments, the Encinitas City Council voted to reauthorize the extension of the Jewish Family Service’ss Safe Parking Program for its full 16-month lease during its May 20 meeting.

May 18 2020

Border Report

Jewish Family Service, an agency in San Diego with a long history of helping immigrants, was chosen as one of 12 agencies to distribute funds as part of the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), as promised by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

May 18 2020

Univision Noticias

Jewish Family Service de San Diego (JFS) está operando el proyecto de Asistencia de Desastre para Inmigrantes (DRAI por sus siglas en Ingles) del Estado de California para los Condados de San Diego e Imperial. El Proyecto DRAI es una ayuda financiera del estado para inmigrantes adultos indocumentados afectados por COVID-19. Es una ayuda de una sola instancia como asistencia por desastre.  Un adulto indocumentado que califica puede recibir $ 500 en asistencia directa, con un máximo de $ 1000 en asistencia por hogar.

May 18 2020

Univision Noticias

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is operating the State of California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project for San Diego and Imperial Counties. The DRAI Project is one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

May 17 2020

PATCH – Cal Matters

Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis until the $75 million in state funding runs out.

May 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Unauthorized immigrants in San Diego County impacted by COVID-19 eligible to receive a one-time relief payment from state, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced Friday.

May 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

“These are folks who work,” Fletcher said in announcing the launch of the San Diego Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrant Program. “Many of them are essential workers. They pay taxes and they work in our vital core sectors of many of our essential businesses.” It will be operated in San Diego County by Jewish Family Service beginning Monday. Applicants can call Jewish Family Service at (858) 206-8281.

May 11 2020


With Team Rubicon’s volunteer support, Jewish Family Service has more than quadrupled the number of home delivered meals for isolated seniors.

May 8 2020

Oside News

Our sixth Community Conversation, this virtual discussion will bring together mental health experts from the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities to discuss common mental health issues, identify the social barriers that prevent API individuals from seeking help, and offer tips on coping during the increased stress and uncertainty of our current public health crisis.

May 5 2020

NBC 7, Del Mar Times

A longtime partner of JFS, Jimbo’s donated all the proceeds from their 10-cent plastic bag fee during the COVID-19 outbreak to our Hand Up Food Pantry.

May 4 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In our second Op-Ed, CEO Michael Hopkins and Tammy Gillies, Regional Director of ADL, discuss how our community has changed in the one year since the attack at Chabad of Poway that killed Lori Gilbert Kaye.

Apr 30 2020

The Wall Street Journal

Otay Mesa in California has more than 100 migrants who have tested positive for Covid-19. JFS represents several of them.

Apr 27 2020

Times of San Diego

Michael Hopkins, CEO and Tammy Gillies, Regional Director of ADL co-author this op-ed on the one-year anniversary of the horrific attack in Poway that killed Lori Kaye z”l.

Apr 10 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune, Fox 5 San Diego, Border Report, KUSI, Times of San Diego, KRQE, My High Plains, Texomas, UrduPoint, The Pakistan Post, My News LA

The ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) and Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) calling for an immediate investigation of the U.S. Border Patrol’s mistreatment of a 27-year-old Guatemalan woman who gave birth at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station earlier this year.

Apr 8 2020

BuzzFeed News

The ACLU and JFS filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on Wednesday, asking it to investigate the incident and other mistreatment of pregnant immigrants.

Apr 6 2020


CEO Michael Hopkins highlights our increased Foodmobile deliveries to older adults, food distribution drive-thru service, and expanded On The Go rides for caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr 1 2020


CEO Michael Hopkins is interviewed on Good Morning San Diego about our increased services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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