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.

Heidi Gantwerk Named Permanent President and CEO of Jewish Federation of San Diego County


Jewish Federation of San Diego County (Federation) today announced that Heidi Gantwerk, who has served as Federation’s interim President and CEO for six months, will continue in that role permanently. A longtime Jewish community leader and professional consultant serving the San Diego Jewish Community, Gantwerk brings a wealth of experience, strategic vision, and deep communal relationships to the leadership position. 


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The Michael Jeser Outstanding Jewish Professional Award

The Michael Jeser Outstanding Jewish Professional Award is sponsored by Jewish Federation of San Diego County in recognition of Michael Jeser z"l, a pillar of Jewish leadership for more than 20 years. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual currently working in a professional capacity at a Jewish communal organization in San Diego. The nominee must demonstrate outstanding professional work and a commitment to the field of Jewish professional leadership. The winner will receive up to $5,000 to subsidize a professional development experience or program.



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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.

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