Our Mission

Inspired by Jewish values, we broaden and deepen engagement in Jewish life to strengthen Jewish identity, foster dynamic connections with Israel, and care for all Jews in need.

We mobilize our community’s resources, leaders, and organizations to address the community’s most critical needs, creating profound impact locally, in Israel, and around the world.


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Federation’s distinct vantage point empowers us to identify the most pressing issues facing our community and mobilize community builders, philanthropists, leaders, and resources to address them.

We are the only organization with the capacity, scope, and mandate to advance our community by seizing opportunities for growth. 

By forging meaningful connections and collaborative partnerships, we unite local leaders and organizations to pursue a shared vision and meet our community’s needs.

As our community emerges from the pandemic and begins to collectively reimagine a vibrant Jewish future, Federation’s work has never been more important.

Israel and Overseas: Deepening Connections


Federation is dedicated to finding ways for our community to deepen our individual and collective relationships with Israel and around the world. We bring our community together to deepen our connections with one another, meet evolving needs, and support local Jewish communal organizations in our shared pursuit of building vibrant Jewish life.

Gesher San Diego Cohort traveled to Sha’ar HaNegev to spend a meaningful week with their counterparts, foster personal relationships between the agencies' executives and spearheading potential projects between organizations to strengthen the connection between the two sister communities.

San Diego Community hosted teens from Sha’ar HaNegev, Israel, and Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the Teen Global Ambassador Program for an inspiring week of learning about each other’s culture, creating long-lasting friendships, and strengthening the sense of shared responsibility and Jewish peoplehood. Click here to watch a video about the Global Ambassador Program.

Honeymoon Israel is sending their first trip from San Diego since 2020. Twenty couples will travel together to Israel for an unforgettable experience in December 2022.

Looking Ahead: Building Communal Vibrancy


When young and veteran community members want to build their skills and capabilities as leaders, they turn to Federation’s leadership training opportunities. In these programs, they communicate with, grow with, and learn from one another and develop a community of peers ready to lead and create San Diego Jewish life.


LEADS (Leadership, Education and Discovery Series) shifted to include more leadership training and a mentoring component that engages seasoned professionals. 

The second cohort of the Pauline Foster Women’s Leadership Institute began with 18 new leaders representing a wide array of organizations, life stages and leadership experience. 

Invested over $80,000 into 13 local organizations through grants and an incubator program to support leadership development throughout the community. 


We are crafting and implementing a robust strategy to support Jews experiencing poverty in our community. The needs are great, and our response must be as well. We pay special attention to local Holocaust survivors to ensure their days are spent with dignity, security, and a sense of community.

Working Group on Jewish Poverty and Stability successfully brought together JFS, Kindness Initiative, Hebrew Free Loan, Seacrest at Home, and JCF to develop new collaborations and partnerships to better address poverty in the Jewish community

Granted $40,000 to local Jewish organizations to provide rent support to Jews struggling to stay in their homes, the Kulam B’Bayit Fund.

Leveraged $80,000 of local Federation funding to secure a 1:1 match from Kavod SHEF to provide $160,000 in emergency aid to local Holocaust survivors.

Securing our Jewish Community


Every member of our community deserves to engage and participate safely in Jewish communal life. Through our partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN), Federation is prioritizing and enhancing San Diego’s safety, security, and preparedness.

Nine synagogues were enrolled in the first cohort of the Jewish Community Security Institute committing to six sessions of deep dives into best practices in community security.

Granted $90,000 to local synagogues to support various security efforts, these grants are known as the Security Capacity Grant.

Worked with the Secure Community Network (SCN) to provide a 60-person Community Security Training, an example of what is to come with the new security director.

Secured a three-year matching grant for security bringing potentially $300,000 into the San Diego Jewish community.


Coming this year: We will welcome the new Federation Community Security Director, under the guidance of the Secure Community Network, to lead a robust community‑wide process to increase preparedness and response for all local Jewish institutions.

Deepening Jewish Learning & Journeys


Jewish communal experiences cultivate and strengthen Jewish identity. Federation is committed to helping individuals and families access and opt into a rich diversity of local Jewish learning and identity-building experiences.

Granted $66,000 to underwrite class trips to Israel

Connects day schools to Israel through Gesher, Shinshinim, and teen travel subsidies. This year we more than doubled our Shinshinim program, bringing 9 Israeli teen emissaries who will be volunteering throughout the year in 16 different Jewish agencies, schools, and organizations.

Provided over $500,000 of Covid-19 relief funds in partnership with JCF and Leichtag

Strengthening Jewish Identity


The San Diego Jewish Teen Initiative strengthens organizations, institutions, and individuals that support Jewish teens in our community. We are committed to building organizational capacity to support institutions that serve teens and teen professionals, seeding innovation, mental health and wellness initiatives, providing teens with Jewish immersive experiences, and sustaining a culture of learning focused on teens. We support the betterment, resilience, and engagement of Jewish teens in San Diego.

Supported immersive experiences for teens by granting over $29,000 in subsidies for 67 teens.

Supported local teen organizations by providing microgrants for mental health and wellness programming, professional development for teen professionals, leadership and skill development for teens. We awarded 16 grants to 7 organizations totaling almost $19,000.

The shift in the Peer Leaders Fellowship model was proven to be successful, training teens to be investigators of the Jewish teen experience. Fellows were able to glean important information from their friends as it relates to connection to community, experience with antisemitism, checking in about mental health and wellness, and thoughts about Israel. Two of the peer leaders presented their findings at the Federation Major Donor event to an enthralled crowd.  

Ukraine Crisis Relief


One of the most impactful aspects of our collective strength as a Federation system is our capacity to respond to major crises. When Russia invaded Ukraine six months ago, Federations sprang into action. Not since the efforts to save Soviet Jewry have Jewish institutions around the world been called upon to save so many lives, aid so many refugees, and enable so many to make Aliyah. Our Federation is one of more than 146 communities that make up Jewish Federations of North America.

Jewish Federations have allocated some $61 million of the over $73 million we have raised to over 50 NGOs operating on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries to support refugees and Jewish communities in their time of need. We are continuing to allocate funds based on the changing needs in the field.

32,325 Olim from Ukraine and Russia have made Aliyah to Israel.

2.7M+ pounds of humanitarian aid distribution.

Thank You


Federation is grateful to our volunteers, leaders, professional team, donors, corporate sponsors, and community partners. On behalf of our partners and all those we serve, thank you for your commitment to strengthening Jewish life and making a difference for thousands in our local and global Jewish community.