L'CHAIMMarch 2022

Dedicated JFS Employee Retiring after 21 Years

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Hedy Dalin, a devoted and passionate longtime employee of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, is retiring after 21 years. Her incredible work and commitment to support Holocaust survivors and the Jewish community in San Diego is commendable.

Dalin’s positive impact on the lives of so many is undeniable and can be seen through her numerous contributions and accomplishments in the community. Most recently she oversaw JFS’s “Serving Older Survivors” program, a support service to help low-income Holocaust survivors maintain their health, independence, and connection to the community. Dalin also supervised the agency’s Geriatric Care Management service and Bikkur Holim Friendly Visitor program, a service that matches older adults with caring volunteers who offer companionship and connection to the community through weekly in-home visits.

Throughout Dalin’s career she supervised countless other programs, including JFS Fix-It, Hebrew Free Loan, Information & Referral for Older Adults, Home Not Alone, Heartfelt Homes Placement, Hospital Medical Care Management, In-home Medicare Counseling, the Refugee Program and the Jewish Poverty Task Force. In the process she has supervised over 100 staff and interns.

Dalin also spearheaded the initiative for the book “Life Lessons,” a compilation of interviews from 44 Holocaust survivors. Through a trauma-informed and person-centered approach, this book honors the legacies of our community’s survivors, allowing their stories to live on and inspire others.

“At JFS I have been able to work my values…. Helping others and strengthening the Jewish Community has always been an important part of who I am and what motivates me,” Dalin said

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