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Avodah San Diego to Launch This Summer in Partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego

For immediate release:
January 21, 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — 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. Avodah San Diego is a collaboration between Avodah and Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), one of San Diego’s oldest and most impactful nonprofit human service agencies.

The only year-long program of its kind, the Avodah Jewish Service Corps provides young Jewish leaders with the opportunity to make tangible change on issues including criminal justice reform, affordable housing, education, healthcare access, climate justice, immigration, and more by providing them with hands-on, full-time direct service positions at local organizations addressing poverty and inequality.

Avodah Corps Members live communally within a pluralistic Jewish framework, and engage in a robust curriculum that provides Jewish education and context for their antipoverty work. Since its founding in 1998, nearly 1,100 Avodah Corps Members have served at nearly 300 social service agencies, adding nearly $20 million in capacity and assisting more than 700,000 individuals facing the challenges of poverty. The program currently operates in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans.

“In launching Avodah San Diego, we are building a pipeline of leaders in the region that will impact the local Jewish community and its work toward social justice for many years to come,” Avodah CEO Cheryl Cook, said. “We are especially looking forward to having a significant local impact on the current immigration-related issues facing San Diego, one of the main points of entry for refugees, asylum seekers, and other immigrants, as more people are fleeing their home countries for safety and freedom than ever before. By bringing our time-tested program to this region of the country, we will build and strengthen a network of Jewish leaders eager to support immigrants and refugees and fight for justice on their behalf.”

“Jewish Family Service served nearly 40,000 individuals in the San Diego region last year, providing much-needed assistance in the areas of nutrition, transportation, and immigration services,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “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.”

Avodah is deeply appreciative of the generous support that we received from the Jewish community of San Diego and the many individuals and families across the country who are making this project possible.

For media inquiries, please contact Avodah’s Director of Communications, Amanda Lindner, at [email protected], and Ashley Bendas, J. Walcher Communications (Jewish Family Service of San Diego PR Team).

About Avodah: Since 1998, Avodah has been training emerging Jewish leaders to take on the most pressing social and economic issues in the United States through its year-long Jewish Service Corps and Justice Fellowship programs. Avodah nurtures young Jewish adults with a commitment to social justice and service. Our programs engage new generations of Jewish changemakers in service and community-building, and inspire young people to become lifelong leaders in antipoverty work. Visit avodah.net to learn more.

About Jewish Family Service San Diego: Founded in 1918, Jewish Family Service (JFS) is one of San Diego’s most impactful nonprofit agencies – providing resources and support to more than 39,500 San Diegans every year. Through integrated services, the organization empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. JFS is committed to helping individuals and families in crisis move forward, while developing innovative strategies to break cycles of poverty and strengthen our San Diego community. To get help, volunteer, or learn how you can join us in Moving Forward Together, visit www.jfssd.org or call (858) 637-3000.


Amanda Lindner
Avodah, Director of Communications
[email protected]

Ashley Bendas
Walcher Communications
[email protected]