Moving Forward Together

Press Releases

Feb 8 2017
More than 800 people gathered at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla on Thursday, Feb. 2, for a demonstration of solidarity by the Jewish
Dec 20 2016

At its signature benefit gala, JFS will share its recent success as a community resource for individuals and families working to overcome challenges and achieve life-changing goals.

Dec 19 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded $15,000 on Monday, December 19, by U.S. Bank to support the agency’s Employment and Career Services, as well as supportive services for homeless residents in the Coachella Valley.

Oct 25 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded more than $945,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living, as part of the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) program.

Jul 22 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s popular University City Older Adult Center will soon find a new home inside the agency’s headquarters at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, located at 8788 Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa.

Jul 16 2016

Residents of San Diego can apply for interest-free loans from Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) for personal and business expenses aimed at improving self-sufficiency.

JFS’s Hand Up Loan program is designed to offer a hand-up, not a hand-out – meaning that loans must be used in relation to increasing recipients’ financial independence. Qualifying expenses include education, small business loans, business development, job training, car purchase or repairs, refugee/immigration resettlement and more.

“Our loan program is open to all San Diegans who are in need and want to live more successful lives,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “The loans are used for a variety of purposes – we’ve helped a local man earn his chauffer license and start a small company and enabled an East County family to buy agricultural equipment and educate themselves how to use it after the fires.”

The loan approval process takes an average of three weeks, from initial application to loan closing. Maximum loan amounts range from $3,000 to $7,500. Upon closing, applicants have up to 36 months to repay the loan by making monthly payments.

Jul 15 2016

For the ninth consecutive year, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator which highlights the work of efficient, ethical, and open charities.

Jun 14 2016

California State Senator Marty Block has named Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) “Nonprofit of the Year” for the 39th district, and will honor the agency at the first inaugural California Nonprofits Day on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Sacramento at the State Capitol.

May 15 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Positive Parenting Program has received a STARS Award from the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council.

Apr 21 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s (JFS) annual luncheon will feature keynote speaker William Cope Moyers discussing his personal struggles with addiction and his journey in overcoming the disease.

Apr 8 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC) to support breast cancer patients in need.

Mar 28 2016

Shana Hazan, senior director of strategic resource development for Jewish Family Service of San Diego, has been appointed to the California Children and Families Commission.

Mar 17 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) held its annual Heart & Soul Gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Sunday, March 13. More than 525 guests gathered to support JFS, raising $915,000 to continue the agency’s efforts of building a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.

Jan 31 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) officially opened its new campus with a special dedication to Joan and Irwin Jacobs for their 20 years of championing the agency, and celebration for all of the capital campaign donors who made the “Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus” possible.

Aug 17 2015

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has received a $12,166 grant from the County of San Diego’s District 4 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program to purchase furniture for the counseling lobby and children’s waiting area of JFS’s new Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus.

Aug 17 2015

The Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the U.S., has awarded a $35,200 grant to Girls Give Back, a Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) program, to help cover operating expenses for the next year.

Aug 10 2015

Hundreds of seniors who visit the College Avenue Center for hot meals, daily exercise classes, cultural programs, and more will now have a new site to visit with bright, airy rooms and collaborative opportunities at Temple Emanu-El.

Jul 15 2015

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has earned a coveted 4-star rating for the eighth consecutive year from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator which highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities.