Moving Forward Together

Behavioral Health Committee Events

Signature Luncheon Rescheduled to May 26, 2022

Join us Thursday, May 26, 2022, for our next Behavioral Health Committee Event with baseball stars, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. Dwight “Doc” Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are two of MLB’s most legendary players from the 1980s. Gooden’s pitching prowess and Strawberry’s hard-hitting home runs revitalized the New York Mets and led them to a World Series Championship in 1986. Gooden and Strawberry’s illustrious baseball careers were also riddled by highly public battles with addiction. Their promising trajectories in the League were cut short by substance abuse, and at times it threatened their lives. Both New York Mets Hall of Famers now devote their lives to helping others struggling with addiction and spread a message of recovery, hope, and healing.

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About the Committee

The Behavioral Health Committee, founded by Linda Janon in 1997, supports Jewish Family Service of San Diego in its efforts to provide behavioral health services that foster self-sufficiency and community engagement for individuals and their families through education and outreach. The Committee holds events during the year that inform and promote awareness on subject matters relating to behavioral health issues.

Chairs: Lisa Goldberg, Dr. Rachel Milstein Goldenhar

Members: Mona Angel, Bonnie Baron, Kira Finkenberg, Carla Fox, Meg Goldstein, Claire Grezemkovsky, Gloria Harris, Linda Janon, Cecile Jordan, Barbara Kent, Debbie Kramer, Mimi Lee, Dana Levin, Alyssa Mass, Dr. Jenny Meiselman, Marie Raftery, Lori Shearer, Devorah Shore, Fern Siegel, Karen Foster Silberman


Committee Structure and Responsibilities

The Behavioral Health Committee will have two components chaired or co-chaired by the same person(s):  a) a Leadership Committee of no more than eight members that advises, assists and supports JFS in identifying and implementing behavioral health programs and events; and b) an Advisory Committee composed of a larger group of members that advises and assists the Leadership Committee.

  • The Behavioral Health Leadership Committee will meet four times a year to plan for upcoming BHC Advisory Committee meetings and as needed to engage in long-term planning.
  • The Behavioral Health Advisory committee will meet quarterly to provide advisory input to and receive updates from the Leadership Committee and JFS.
  • The BHC currently has two task forces, comprised of BHC Advisory Committee members and at least one member of the Leadership Committee to assist JFS with the annual Luncheon and Panel/Resource Events. Each task force is chaired by a member of the BHC and works with JFS in support of the event.
  • Other ad-hoc subcommittees or task forces may be formed and will meet as needed for matters requiring additional study, recommendation or action.
  • With JFS in the lead role, the BHC will convene a community engagement event that is aligned with the JFS Strategic Plan, dedicated to mental health resource awareness building, community education and stigma reduction; and partnered with the Jewish and secular communities.
  • With JFS in the lead role, the BHC will hold a fundraising and social engagement luncheon with a speaker that highlights a mental health/behavioral health issue and connects people to JFS services.


The Behavioral Health Committee works to open up the discussion around mental illness and behavioral health through a series of events and educational panels featuring a variety of powerful and impactful speakers.

At our 2017 Behavioral Health Luncheon, Suzy Favor Hamilton shared her journey of living with bipolar disorder as described in the bestselling memoir Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness.

Past speakers have included: