Moving Forward Together


Mar 31 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

CEO Michael Hopkins talks about the increased need for services during the COVID-19 crisis and how JFS has stepped up to provide expanded food distributions, home-delivered meals, transportation, and other vital community programs.

Mar 27 2020

Oside News, East County Magazine, ZCode Magazines

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to impact the San Diego community, we have ramped up our most vital services to help people in critical need during these challenging times.

Mar 27 2020

The Coast News Group

Encinitas supporters of the Safe Parking Program operated by Jewish Family Service are speaking out in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the city.

Mar 26 2020

Facebook Live

During a Facebook Live update on March 25, 2020, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher gave a shoutout to Jewish Family Service for our community work during the Coronavirus health crisis. Fast forward to the 6:50 minute mark to hear.

Mar 26 2020

Voice of San Diego

When older adults in an East Village housing complex failed to receive food distributions and home-delivered meals, JFS stepped up to fill in the gaps. As the impact of the coronavirus grows in the San Diego community, it’s more important than ever to ensure our older neighbors have consistent access to nutritious meals so they can safely stay in the comfort of their home.

Mar 22 2020

Times of San Diego

CEO Michael Hopkins discusses the increased need for JFS services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the modified services we’re providing on campus, and how JFS staff are working remotely to continue serving our community.

Mar 22 2020

AP News

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to shut down immigration courts, thousands of asylum-seekers are unable to find attorneys to represent them in court. JFS is one of two organizations in Southern California providing pro bono legal representation, and our Director of Immigration Services, Kate Clark, explains the difficulty of representing these cases, especially with new restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mar 19 2020


This round-up of local nonprofits highlights our Foodmobile, drive-thru service for pre-bagged food items, and Emergency Assistance Fund established to help San Diegans in critical need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Feb 28 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

By midafternoon, a group of about a dozen migrants — a mix of parents and children accompanied by Jewish Family Service attorneys — asked to be let into the United States at the gate leading to the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Tijuana. Ultimately, their attempts were denied.

Feb 27 2020

Voice of San Diego

Voice of San Diego and NBC7 talk with Carole Yellen, JFS Director of Strategic Partnerships, about the short and long-term goals for participants in the Safe Parking Program.

Feb 11 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Safe Parking Program opens a 25-spot lot in Encinitas at the Leichtag Foundation property. As expected, the program is ramping up with 10
Feb 6 2020

Mother Jones

This in-depth look at immigration courts in San Diego highlights how thousands of asylum seekers enrolled in MPP are denied the right to due process. Our Senior Director of Immigration Services, Kate Clark, discusses how the MPP program makes it nearly impossible for migrants to access legal representation.

Feb 2 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

A unique evening of theater and philanthropy raised thousands of dollars to support vital JFS community programs. Chaired by Liz Nerderlander Coden and Dr. Dan Coden, this special fundraising event used the backdrop of Tony-winning best musical Dear Evan Hansen to spark conversations about mental health.

Jan 31 2020

The Wall Street Journal

Asylum seekers who have access to legal counsel are five times more likely to succeed in staying in the U.S. than their unrepresented counterparts. Organizations across our Southern border have stepped up to provide critical legal services to migrants, including JFS. As part of our commitment to supporting asylum seekers, we maintain a WhatsApp line for consultations and distribute “Know Your Rights” videos.

Jan 29 2020

Voice of San Diego, San Diego Union Tribune, Times of San Diego, KPBS, San Diego Jewish World, KUSI, Fox 5

News coverage regarding the one year anniversary of MPP and the #RestoreAsylumNow campaign.

Jan 27 2020

The North County Beat

Encinitas is moving forward with a safe parking lot for homeless residents, leaving residents divided over the process. CEO Michael Hopkins is interviewed in this podcast.

Jan 25 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Local Jewish community launches rallying cry to remember the Holocaust and aid elderly survivors suffering in silence. We are proud to be working with the Jewish Federation of San Diego to meet the needs of Survivors. Learn more at

Jan 23 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune

Proponents included people who work for community nonprofits, volunteers for area church programs that assist the needy, and several people who said they were currently homeless. MiraCosta College and the Encinitas Union School District also have endorsed the proposal.

Jan 23 2020

ABC 10

After more than four hours of public comment, the Encinitas City Council approved a resolution to create a safe parking lot for homeless people living in their cars. The parking lot will be run by Jewish Family Service (JFS), which currently operates three other safe parking lots in San Diego.

Jan 22 2020

Oside News

Avodah, a national antipoverty organization dedicated to strengthening the Jewish community’s impact on the most pressing justice issues of our time, will launch its fifth Jewish Service Corps location this summer in San Diego.

Jan 21 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Music therapy provides instant respite for over-exhausted caregivers. As one caregiver who depends on our Music & Memory program states, “There is nothing else that I can do or give her at that moment that would make her smile.”

Jan 21 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Telma Chavarria took her granddaughter to immigration court while her daughter, the child’s mother, stayed behind in Tijuana working two jobs to support the family while they waited for their asylum case to proceed. Once Chavarria was released she went to JFS Migrant Family Shelter and later received assistance from Vanessa Dojaquez-Torres, an immigration advocate and accredited representative working with Jewish Family Service as a HIAS border fellow.

Jan 21 2020

Times of San Diego

JFS is proud to partner with Avodah, a national anti-poverty service organization, as they open a new branch here in San Diego. CEO Michael Hopkins says, “We are excited for Avodah to bring and develop future leaders in San Diego where they will amplify and enhance the critical work JFS and our partners are undertaking every day.”

Jan 17 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Fox 5, Oside News, Times of San Diego

San Diego For Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty aims to reduce child poverty in the San Diego region by 50% over the next ten years. As part of the leadership team, JFS is proud to support this bold new initiative that mobilizes experts from across the community to create effective, sustainable change.

Jan 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

As part of our dedication to serving the San Diego immigrant community, JFS provides Citizenship Class training to educators across the County. Two instructors at the Ramona Library who participated in our training are now hosting a 10-week class to help local immigrants prepare for the citizenship test.

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