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Our Purpose:

Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.

Since 1918, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families in times of need. Our wide range of integrated services Empower Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Support Aging With Dignity, and  Foster Community Connection & Engagement throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley. JFS provides essential services to people regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.

JFS is a home for people in search of better lives and for those seeking to make better lives possible. Many people first turn to JFS with a specific need, like hunger. That first contact often leads to a wide range of integrated services that address their financial, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. In partnership with our community of clients and supporters, we’re Moving Forward Together.

Jewish Family Service is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonsectarian human service agency and an equal opportunity employer.

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Our Board of Directors
Senior Staff Bios
Our Major Private Funding Partners
Audited Financials & Form 990s
Annual Reports
Year-End Program Reports
Website Privacy Policy
Donor Privacy Policy
Notice of Privacy Practices 

Board of Directors

Marie G. Raftery

1st Vice Chair
Adam Welland

2nd Vice Chair
Emily Jennewein





Sheryl L. Rowling

Marcia Foster Hazan



Jan Adler
Deborah Bucksbaum
Aaron Cohn
Sheldon Derezin
Theresa Dupuis
Kira Finkenberg
Susanna Flaster
Kate Kassar
Michael Lees

      Jenny Meiselman
Tal Moore
Gabrielle Oratz
Scott Schindler 
Brad Slavin
Joel Smith 
Rabbi Jonathan Stein 
Karin Toranto

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Senior Staff

Michael Hopkins
Dana Toppel
Bernadette Griggs
Shana Hazan

Michael Hopkins, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Michael HopkinsBuilding on the agency’s nearly 100-year history, Michael has led JFS through a wide-reaching, collaborative strategic planning process, Repairing the World: Guiding the Heart & Soul of Jewish Family Service, and a capital campaign resulting in the development of a client-centric JFS campus. Under Michael’s leadership, JFS earned Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for the ninth year in a row, an achievement just 1% of reviewed nonprofits nationwide can claim.

Michael became CEO in January 2012, continuing his 35+ years building and strengthening the Jewish community across the country. Prior to joining JFS, Michael served as Executive Director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBT organization, and CEO of Jewish Community Center (JCC) Metrowest, one of the largest JCCs in the country.

Michael holds a Master's in Social Work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Locally, he is a member of the new Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board, which addresses homelessness in our community.

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Dana Toppel, LCSW, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
updated_danaT_121pxAs Chief Operating Officer, Dana Toppel provides overall leadership for the impact driven, multi-service organization with the bold vision of building a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. Dana joined JFS in 2009 as director of older adult services, served as the divisional director of clinical services in addition to the chief program officer prior to assuming the role of chief operating officer in 2015. 

With almost two decades of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities, Dana has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, innovative, high-impact organizations. Prior to joining the JFS team, Dana worked as a director, consultant, and therapist for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth & Community Services.  

Dana is dedicated to advancing equity and participates in local, regional, and national conversations to advance efforts related to inclusive leadership, professional training, and ensuring access to opportunity for all. 

In 2016, Dana was recognized as one of San Diego’s “100 Most Influential Leaders”, as a “SD Metro Mover and Shaker”, and by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber as a “79th Assembly District Woman of the Year”.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Dana holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California. 

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Bernadette Y. Griggs, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernadette oversees the fiscal integrity of JFS and Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS). With more than 30 years of experience in finance, primarily in the education sector, Bernadette brings the expertise and a passion for serving the community.  She has worked for Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District, Southwest Community College District, and the LA County Office of Education. Formerly she was with the Pasadena Unified School District, where she was the Chief Business Officer and was integral in developing the strategic direction and managing the finances of the school district.  

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Shana Hazan, MS. Ed. 
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Shana HazanShana sets strategy for and oversees the work of JFS’s Development, Institutional Giving, and Public Affairs teams, which secures nearly $15 Million to support annual operations.  Shana was appointed to, and currently serves on, California’s First 5 Commission and the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission. She also serves as Vice President of the Friends of Franklin Foundation, which raises critical funds to support Franklin STEAM Magnet School.

Previously, Shana developed Jewish Family Service’s nationally-recognized model for youth leadership development through service learning. She has also worked for ABC News in London, taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, and served as Safe Routes to School Director for Active Transportation Alliance. 

Shana holds a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She previously served on the executive committee of Run Women Run, and chaired Women Give San Diego’s Advocacy Committee.

In 2017, she was selected as a University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward Under 40 Awardee, and in 2016 was recognized by Assembly Speaker Atkins as a 78th Assembly District Woman of the Year, and by San Diego Metro as a “40 Under 40” award winner. A native San Diegan, Shana is the proud parent of two young daughters. 

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Audited Financials & Form 990s

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Annual Report

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2016-17 Annual Report 2015-16_Annual Report
2016-2017 2015-2016
2014-15-annual-report JFS Annual Report 13-14
2014-2015 2013-2014
JFS Annual Report 12-13 JFS Annual Report 11-12
2012-2013 2011-2012

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Year-End Program Reports

View our year-end reports for fiscal year 2016-2017.

Aging with Dignity Family and Community Services

Behavioral Health Services

Nutrition Services

Refugee and Immigration Services

Jewish Connections

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2015 year-end report thumbnail 2014-2015 Year-End Program Reports JFS Year-End Reports Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014

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JFS Strategic Plan Summary 2014-2019

JFS Fact Sheet>>

Website Privacy Policy>>

Donor Privacy Policy>>

Notice of Privacy Practices>>

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