Facing a Growing Population 


By 2030, there will be more than 28,000 Jewish adults older than the age of 60 living in San Diego County. We believe it is our duty to ensure that these lives are cared for in the most dignified way possible. That’s why we created the Aging in Community Initiative – to address those in need today and to prepare for the growing challenges ahead.


The goal of the Federation’s Aging in Community Initiative is to empower older Jewish adults to thrive in their home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income, or social status. This can only be accomplished by pooling resources from local Jewish organizations toward a communal approach to addressing these vital needs.


Our Vision

We believe that a key component of “aging-in-community” hinges on the ability for seniors to receive essential services and to maintain a strong connection to their community. 



As we age, our needs change. When it becomes more difficult to prepare meals at home, drive to appointments, or participate in social engagements, it can be overwhelming to try and find help. We know that with the right resources and support system, older adults are better able to maintain their health, well-being, and independence.


Meet Brae Canlen,
Jewish Community Resource Navigator

Brae has served as a JFS Associate Geriatric Care Manager for the past three years and is excited to expand her role with this new program.

“Getting to know Older Adults, and helping them find solutions to the problems that can accompany aging, is immensely satisfying work for me.”

Connect with Brae at (858) 637-3321 or by email at braec@jfssd.org.


What services are offered and who is eligible?

The Jewish Community Resource Navigator Program is a pilot project which supports the needs of Jewish older adults 60 years and older living in the College/East San Diego region. The Jewish Community Resource Navigator is available for in-home visits or at specific community locations to:

  • Assess your needs, including food, housing, safety, home care, transportation, legal assistance, financial assistance, and social engagement

  • Help you develop a plan to maintain your independence and age with dignity

  • Provide information and referrals to JFS programs and other community resources

  • Follow up in-person or by phone to check in on how you’re doing and whether you need additional help

Our Partners 

Jewish Community Resource Navigator is a program funded by Jewish Federation of San Diego in partnership by Jewish Family Service, Temple Emanu-El, and Tifereth Israel Synagogue.