Anita Friedman

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Dr. Anita Friedman

Anita Friedman is the executive director of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties in California, one of the largest family service institutions in America. JFCS operates more than 40 programs, among them assisted living for seniors, adoption, refugee resettlement, assistance to the disabled, services for victims of abuse, counseling, and mental health services for children and youth.[1]. Each year, JFCS serves more than 80,000 individuals.[2] JFCS, founded in 1850, is also the oldest charitable organization west of the Mississippi River.[3]

She is a noted speaker, philanthropist, activist, and writer on social policy and human services,[4] immigration,[5], and Holocaust education.[6]

Anita Friedman was born in New York City, attended the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her doctoral degree at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Friedman is a child of Holocaust survivors and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three sons.[7]

Career history[edit]

Friedman joined JFCS in 1979. During Friedman's leadership at JFCS, the organization has received national recognition for its programs that include Parents Place, a resource center for new parents and children, Seniors-At-Home, a model continuum of care for frail elderly, and Child Mental Health Treatment and Training Programs.[8]

She is the editor of Rywka's Diary, published in English in 2015 by Harper.[9][10]. It is now in print in more than a dozen other languages.[11] She has been an international leader in the provision of innovative human services and active in restoring Jewish life in Poland.[12] [13]

Dr. Friedman has served as a Commissioner of the San Francisco Human Services Commission. She serves on the national board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Koret Foundation.[14]

She also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the USC Shoah Foundation, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, the Koret-Israel Economic Development Fund, and the American Friends of Tel Aviv University.[15] [16]

Friedman has received numerous awards, including the San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women in Business Award, SPUR’s Silver Spur Award for civic leadership, the International Louis Kraft Award for professionals in Jewish communal service, Hadassah’s highest honor, the Myrtle Wreath Award, Jewish Community Federation’s Professional of the Year, the State of California Family Service Council Award, the Koret Prize for leadership in community service, and a distinguished service award from A Wider Bridge.[17]


  1. ^ "About".
  2. ^ "JFCS: Centuries of Pioneering".
  3. ^ "History".
  4. ^ "Saluting JFCS Anita Friedman on her 30th year". 2009-02-27.
  5. ^ "Congress must listen — a majority of Americans say DACA recipients should stay -". 2017-12-18.
  6. ^ "'This was your town' — Reclaiming family history in a Polish shtetl". 2017-07-27.
  7. ^ "Dr. Anita Friedman". 2009-04-12.
  8. ^ "JFCS takes entrepreneurial approach". 2009-03-16.
  9. ^ "Anita Friedman".
  10. ^ Lipszyc, Rywka; Friedman, Anita (2015-09-15). Rywka's Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto. ISBN 978-0062389688.
  11. ^ "Rywka Diary Archives".
  12. ^ "Around the Jewish World Personal Ties Spur Philanthropist to Bring Poles, U.S. Jews Together". 2005-08-18.
  13. ^ "Dr. Anita Friedman interviewed at Museum of the History of Polish Jews".
  14. ^ "JFCS head Friedman named to Koret board". 2008-04-11.
  15. ^ "Honors, happenings, comings & goings — Sept. 2018". 2018-09-28.
  16. ^ "Publications - Connections - May 2018 - American Friends of Tel Aviv University".
  17. ^ "Honoring Dr. Anita Friedman - AWiderBridge".