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

Meg Goldstein

1st Vice Chair
Deborah Bucksbaum

2nd Vice Chair
Adam Welland




Sheryl L. Rowling

Marcia Foster Hazan

Advisory Officer
Jennifer Levitt 

Chair Elect
Marie G. Raftery


Michael B. Abramson
Loretta H. Adams
Edward J. Carnot
Kira Finkenberg
Avi Frohlichman
Emily Jennewein
Kate Kassar
Nadja Kauder
Michael Lees
      Philip Linssen 
Dr. Jenny Meiselman
Gabrielle Oratz
Rabbi Yael Ridberg
Scott Schindler
Brad Slavin
Elyse Sollender
Rabbi Jonathan Stein
Karin Toranto

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Senior Staff

Michael Hopkins
Dana Toppel
Guinevere Kerstetter

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
dana_toppel_200pxDana Toppel joined JFS in 2009 as director of older adult services and 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, Toppel has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, high-impact organizations. Prior to joining the JFS team, Toppel 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. 

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Toppel holds a bachelor’s degree from the 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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Guinevere Kerstetter, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer
Guinevere KerstetterGuin has more than 30 years of experience in the field of accounting, specifically in senior management positions in the nonprofit human services area and in the for-profit arena in both private and publicly-traded corporations. She was named the 2013 CFO of the Year for medium nonprofit organizations by the San Diego Business Journal. She has been with JFS since 2002.

Guin graduated Summa Cum Laude and first in the School of Business from West Chester University. She is a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Guin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has served as a director for various non-profit organizations.

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Thank You To Our Major Private Funding Partners 

CARS, Charitable Auto Resources     Claims Conference Logo    

Jewish Community Foundation     Jewish Federation of San Diego County     Leichtag Foundation

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Audited Financials & Form 990s

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Annual Report

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2014-2015 2013-2014
2012-2013 2011-2012

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Year-End Program Reports

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


Jewish Family Service Contact Info

Jewish Family Service
8804 Balboa
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 637-3210


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