On Sunday, October 18, A Wider Bridge will honor Dr. Anita Friedman, an outstanding community leader, for her commitment to both LGBT equality and pro-Israel advocacy.
Dr. Anita Friedman is the Executive Director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, a position she has held for more than 35 years, as the organization has grown into the region’s premiere Jewish-led social service agency.
Under her direction, JFCS has worked to include LGBT people in its programs and its leadership, and has been on the forefront of such issued as adoption for LGBT families. “Having come from a family who came to this country with nothing, having received no help, made it clear to me that the community needed to become stronger and more capable of protecting its members,” she said in 2009.
Dr. Friedman has also been involved in numerous ways as a leader in the community as a champion of Israel. She has been a consultant to the State of Israel Ministry of Social Affairs on best practices in human services and in immigrant absorption.
She also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the USC Shoah Foundation, Taube Foundation, AIPAC, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Koret Israel Economic Development Fund based in Tel Aviv.
She has received numerous awards, including 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, and the prestigious Koret Prize for leadership in community service.
Dr. Friedman completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology at the University of San Francisco. She is a child of Holocaust survivors, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three sons.