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Jewish Family Service Collection

Identifier: MS-0605

Scope and Contents

Though there are a few copies of pre-mid-20th century historical documents and photos, the bulk of the collection is photos from the 1980s-2000s. Included in the collection are photos of senior activities, fund raising events, office openings, refugee resettlement, staff and volunteers, annual meetings and award ceremonies, JFS periodicals, newspaper clippings, annual reports and correspondence. Included is an article by Dr. Joellyn Zollman, “Family is Our Middle Name: 100 Years of San Diego’s Jewish Family Service.”


  • Creation: 1918 - 2018
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Historical Note

Jewish Family Service is a benevolent organization whose forerunner, Federated Jewish Charities was founded in 1918 to help those in need, with Rose Neumann at its head, by Ladies Hebrew Aid Society, Jolly Sewing Circle, Junior Charity League and Hebrew Sisterhood.


1.42 Linear Feet (One records carton and one Hollinger box)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2019 (JHSSD #2019.04) by Michael Stern, Senior Director of Marketing at Jewish Family Service San Diego. When this collection was donated, Jewish Family Service decided to retain correspondence and other important material from the early 20th century at their office with the promise of donating it to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego Archives when they had copied it, but as of September 2023, that had not come to fruition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in 2023.

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Jewish Family Service Collection
Processed by Stan Schwartz & Laurel Schwartz & Joellyn Zollman, 2023
November 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US