Beginning in the fall of 2013, Jewish Family Service embarked on an in-depth and collaborative strategic planning process. With the guidance of Insyte Partners as our consultants, we convened hundreds of community members in diverse forums, visited many of San Diego County’s best-in-class organizations, and analyzed regional and national data on the assets and needs in our community. We set aside our preconceived notions about JFS’s future and allowed new insights to emerge. Recognizing that the wisdom of the broader community was integral to its success, we committed ourselves to a process that was intentionally different than any we’d undertaken before.
Through this process, we discovered Who We Are by exploring the Why, What, and How of Jewish Family Service. We asked ourselves why we are compelled to do our work, what we are uniquely positioned to do in the community, and how we will accomplish it.
In this summary, you will find the answers to these critical questions. Our three Impact Areas, our Strategic Priorities, and our commitment to using our Jewish Values as our roadmap are the exciting results of this yearlong planning journey.
The dedication, perspective, and critical thinking of every participant made our unique process and transformative work possible. It is a privilege to walk this path with you.
B’shalom (In peace),
President, Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer