Moving Forward Together


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.

Jan 13 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

For the next two and a half years, the JFS Migrant Family Shelter has a new home at a State-owned building in Linda Vista. Now in its seventh location, the shelter will continue to provide vital humanitarian support, travel assistance, medical screenings, and legal counsel for asylum-seeking families as they search for a better life. Kate Morrissey of the San Diego Union-Tribune takes a first look at the new location.

Dec 19 2019

The Daily Titan

Jewish Family Service is one of four organizations providing free services on 22 CSU campuses. Services range from help in submitting DACA applications to free and full legal representation.

Dec 18 2019

Unicef USA

Very few legal service providers are sending attorneys to Tijuana to represent those who have been enrolled in MPP. Those that do, such as Jewish Family Service of San Diego, lack the capacity to represent all those in need.

Dec 10 2019

Del Mar Times

Liz Nederlander Coden and Daniel Coden chair Dear Evan Hansen fundraiser on January 11.

Dec 9 2019

SD Voyager

As an outreach coordinator for our Breaking Down Barriers program, Spshelle works to reduce mental health stigma and provide vital resources to underserved communities. With a military background, a Master’s in public health, and past experience working on international public health committees, she’s an incredible addition to the JFS team.

Dec 3 2019

Times of San Diego

Our Higher Education Legal Services program is expanding to eight new San Diego campuses in 2020, providing free immigration legal assistance to students, faculty, and staff.

Dec 3 2019


Watch Sasha Escue, our Director of Nutrition Services, highlight the JFS Foodmobile on Giving Tuesday. Thanks to our incredible supporters, we raised over $100,000 to provide isolated older adults with hot, home-delivered meals.

Nov 30 2019

The New York Times

Ali Awow fled civil war at home and spent a year in a refugee camp in Kenya before making his way to Southern California. Now he is running a custom clothing shop. JFS was the refugee resettlement agency that helped him come to San Diego.

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