JFS Celebrates 2019 Heart & Soul Gala


Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) will host its annual Heart & Soul Gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

At its signature benefit gala, JFS will share stories and successes from throughout the year, highlighting the nonprofit’s work to provide resources and support to more than 20,000 San Diegans of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. The event will also celebrate the contributions of its 2019 Mitzvah Honorees: Ilene Mittman and Aviva Saad, and ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

Ilene Mittman and Aviva Saad are being celebrated for their inspiring work and dedication at JFS’s Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center, which provides a safe, uplifting environment for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Partnering with Honorary Chairs Evelyn and Ernest Rady, Gala Chairs Jamie Carr, Erin Combs Pearl and Scott Schindler will host an evening of dinner, dancing and a silent auction to encourage awareness and philanthropy throughout the year.

Underwriting packages are available and tickets are $360; both can be purchased at or by contacting Dana Levin, director of signature advancement events, at or (858) 637-3013.

All proceeds from the gala will benefit JFS’s ongoing efforts to help people in crisis move forward, while developing innovative strategies to break cycles of poverty and strengthen the San Diego community.


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