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Mar 8 2022

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded its 14th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator – America’s leading independent charity evaluator. With rigorous evaluations, less than 1% of the thousands of charities evaluated are awarded this recognition continuously for more than a decade.

Feb 1 2022

This past Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of the first time that a person seeking asylum was returned to Tijuana from San Diego under the cruel and unjust “Remain in Mexico” program, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) on January 29, 2019. Despite initially taking steps to end Remain in Mexico, the Biden administration is now reimplementing the policy and again putting the lives and asylum cases of people fleeing persecution at risk. Today, immigration judges in San Diego will preside over the first court hearings of people forced back to danger in Tijuana under the reimplemented policy.

Jan 27 2022

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), one of San Diego’s largest and most impactful nonprofit agencies, received the 2022 Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance by The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego.

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.

Sep 9 2021
Yesterday, 31 members of Congress – including San Diego County representatives Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Sara Jacobs, and Rep. Juan Vargas – urging the Biden
Aug 25 2021
From Michael Hopkins, CEO Yesterday’s refusal by the Supreme Court to block a lower court order, thereby allowing the reinstatement of the abhorrent policy known
Aug 20 2021

Yesterday’s Fifth Circuit decision is a devastating blow to the progress made in putting an end to the heinous MPP program put in place by the previous administration.

Aug 16 2021
As the devastating situation continues to unfold in Afghanistan, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is actively preparing for the increase of refugees resettled
Aug 9 2021

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has appointed Shreya Sasaki as its new senior director of family and community services to oversee a breadth of JFS initiatives, including refugee resettlement, positive parenting training and other JFS programs that strengthen families. Sasaki will integrate her background in public health with the nonprofit’s social service programs, aiming to improve community health and client outcomes.

Jul 26 2021

While we commend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General for its investigation, there is more work to be done to ensure pregnant people and their families are treated with dignity and compassion as they seek their legal right to asylum in the U.S. No one should be forced to give birth in custody or immediately returned to a carceral setting with a newborn baby. We urge the federal government to continue investing in infrastructure and in processes that provide humanitarian reception along the border region.

Jul 19 2021

Jewish Family Service continues to stand with the nation’s Dreamers. The ruling in Texas puts thousands of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors at greater risk of deportation – many who have never known any home other than the United States.

Jul 13 2021
SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2021) – Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has named Emily Jennewein as chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors.
Jun 24 2021
From Michael Hopkins, CEO Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) strongly supports the Biden-Harris administration’s plan for broadening the pool of migrants who will
May 5 2021

Board of Supervisors Approve Lawson-Remer’s Plan to Uphold Immigrants’ Constitutional Right to an Attorney. Jewish Family Service supported and worked on this legislation.

May 3 2021

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) applauds the Biden-Harris administration for its presidential determination to begin resettling 62,500 refugees this year. We look forward to helping individuals and families from around the world rebuild their lives in San Diego in safety and with dignity.

Apr 28 2021

Today, the Senate Rules Committee appointed Dana Toppel, Chief Operating Officer at Jewish Family Service, to the California Commission on Aging during its hearing. As Chair of the California Senate Rules Committee, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), who recommended Toppel to serve on the commission, issued the following statement…

Apr 21 2021

The guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd provides accountability and is a critical step in the right direction, as we recognize that acts of hate, racial oppression, and the dehumanization of people of color continue at devastating rates in our country.

Apr 6 2021
SAN DIEGO (April 6, 2021) – San Diego for Every Child – a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego – today
Mar 22 2021

San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant Shelter Services, operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), has announced an urgent need for volunteers and additional staff. Job openings such as shelter services manager, coordinator and assistant can be viewed at www.jfssd.org/careers. Vital volunteer needs include airport guides, patient advocates and couriers are at www.jfssd.org/helpnow.

Feb 12 2021

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) applauds the Biden-Harris administration’s move to formally begin unwinding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP or “Remain in Mexico”), which has denied protection and safety in the U.S. to tens of thousands of asylum seekers and forced them into dangerous situations across the border.

Feb 2 2021

Jewish Family Service, and our partners in the San Diego Rapid Response Network, remain committed to providing services for migrants, including providing respite shelter services for asylum-seeking families, free legal services and education in response to ongoing immigration emergencies, and more.