San Diego's Israel Initiative


Fostering engagement and connections between San Diego and Israel


Our mission is to engage and connect the San Diego Jewish community with Federation's global partners and Sha'ar HaNegev, in enhancing support, connection, and local appreciation of Israel.




  • Sha'ar HaNegev

    Connecting the Jewish community of San Diego with a vibrant, challenged region in southern Israel through partnership, social programs and economic development.

  • Birthright San Diego

    The Jewish Federation of San Diego is a partner of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Created in 2000, Birthright Israel gives Diaspora Jewry ages 18 to 26 the chance to experience Israel with the gift of a 10-day trip.


  • The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

    The Jewish Agency for Israel connects the Federation community in a global partnership devoted to ensuring the future of the Jewish people with a strong Israel at its heart. JAFI works in communities around the world to keep the promise to every Jew, who for any reason, at any time, wants to come home to Israel.

  • Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

    Founded in 1914, JDC gives global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. Working on behalf of North America's Jewish Federations, JDC is dedicated to rescuing those in danger, providing relief to Jews in distress, and revitalizing Jewish communities.

  • Partnership2Gether

    Partnership2Gether connects 450 Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships, engaging more than 350,000 participants each year.

  • World Ort

    World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organization.