We care for Jews in need everywhere, strengthen Jewish identity and community, and connect San Diego to Israel


Welcome to Jewish Federation 

The Jewish Federation touches more Jewish lives than any other organization on the planet. Being part of Federation means being part of a global network — part of a PEOPLE — that makes it possible to provide lifesaving humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish community for generations to come in San Diego and around the world. Our extensive network and expertise allow us to mobilize instantaneously in times of crisis in ways no other organization can. No matter where your passions lie or where you are on your own Jewish journey, YOU can make an impact through the Jewish Federation.

Read an update on the situation in Israel from Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO, and Julie Platt, Board Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. 

Federation's CommUNITY Trip to Israel
May 4-11, 2023


A CommUNITY Trip to Israel enables you to engage with Israel through exclusive access to premier hotels, venues, and experiences. Along with fellow San Diego Jewish community members, you will meet with high-level government officials, journalists, academics, and experts in a variety of fields, while also connecting with everyday Israelis. Most of the trip experiences will be in groups of 30-40 people. We’ll also have special, meaningful moments when our entire group gathers, representing people involved in our local synagogues and Jewish agencies, as well as people who are looking for deeper connection.


5-star accomodations - Best of Israeli dining - VIP access - Sightseeing opportunities curated by you - and much more!


Learn More Here



Our Work



  • Caring for Jews

    Federation has had its pulse on the San Diego Jewish community’s needs for more than 80 years. So when Covid-19 hit, we knew immediately that we had to mobilize people and resources.

  • Building Community

    For many, the most powerful igniter of Jewish pride and connection is joyful and meaningful shared experiences. Together with our partners, Federation connects thousands of Jews.

  • Connecting to Israel

    San Diego native and Women’s Philanthropy Board Member, Britney Ewing, didn’t know what to expect when she agreed to host Amit Katz, a participant in Federation’s ShinShinim program.

Upcoming Events

Israel's New Government and The Law of Return
Thursday, January 26 
 10 am PT 

The Law of Return gives anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent the right to immigrate to Israel. A number of members of Israel's new government seek to remove this “grandparent clause,” and the issue appears in signed coalition agreements. Join the Jewish Federations and the Israel Democracy Institute to examine the debate and the considerable consequences that may follow. Moderated by Heidi Gantwerk.

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