Carmel Valley resident to be honored by Jewish Family Service April 21

Marsha Berkson
Marsha Berkson Courtesy

Celebrating its centennial year, 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 21 at 6 p.m.

To mark the special occasion, JFS will honor eight women who represent the agency’s legacy of leadership by extraordinary women over the last 100 years. Carmel Valley resident Marsha Berkson is one of the eight women being honored at the event. A former board member for JFS, Berkson founded the Hand Up Food Pantry, a successful youth leadership program designed to alleviate hunger in the community. Under her guidance, the program trained young adults in the areas of food pantry operations, food management, hunger advocacy, fundraising and more, inspiring generations of teens to make a positive impact in their community.

The other women being honored at the event include Jenny Daniel, Estee Einhorn, Inge Feinswog, Kira Finkenberg, Evelyn Rady, Lois Richmond and Jill Spitzer.

Together with Honorary Chair Ernest Rady – who recently announced a $20 million commitment to JFS as part of the agency’s Centennial Countdown Campaign – Gala Chairs Jamie Carr, Erin Combs Pearl and Karin Toranto will host a 1920s-themed evening of dinner, dancing and a silent auction to inspire ongoing 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. To learn more, visit

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