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Jewish Family Service Honors Eight at Annual Meeting

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) recognized eight individuals and one committee with special awards during its Annual Meeting Luncheon on June 13 at the agency’s Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus in Kearny Mesa.

Outgoing board member Jennifer Levitt was honored with the “Charles Zibbell Board Leadership Award.” Levitt served on the board of directors from 2010 through 2017, including two-plus years as board chair. Levitt was instrumental in a feasibility study to purchase a new building to grow the JFS campus and the subsequent successful capital campaign, the build out of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, a yearlong strategic planning process involving nearly 100 community members, numerous organizations and staff, and more.

The “Chair’s Awards,” presented by outgoing Chair Meg Goldstein, were given to Kira Finkenberg and the JFS Public Affairs Committee, chaired by Deborah Bucksbaum. Finkenberg, who started on JFS’s Emerging Leaders, was lauded for her giving back spirit and connections, chairing the annual Heart and Soul Gala and securing high-end silent auction items. Goldstein commended the Public Affairs Committee for its work building relationships with elected officials, as well as advocacy in Sacramento.

Five individuals were recognized with “Jack and Loraine Stern Volunteer Recognition Awards” for their tireless service and commitment to moving San Diegans forward together:

  • Barry Goldlust, Bikkur Holim Friendly Visitor for isolated older adults and ill/homebound individuals in the Jewish community
  • Jacob L. Sperling, data entry volunteer for Community Impact Committee and Serving Older Holocaust Survivors (SOS)
  • Marilyn Copeland, volunteer at Corner Market, JFS’s market-style food pantry
  • Heidi Blotner and Lisa Oberndorfer, drivers in the Foodmobile meal delivery program

The JFS staff voted on and awarded the “Henrietta Rubenstein Staff Development Award” to Marlene Hamovitch, who is the front desk receptionist. Hamovitch is the first voice or face that greets clients and helps them navigate initial needs, whether it is food assistance or transportation. This contact often leads to a range of integrated services that address their financial, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health.


Sandy Young / Ashley Weaver
J. Walcher Communications, (619) 295-7140

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