Meet Our New Director of Community Initiatives

Federation is pleased to announce the addition of Itamar Harari, Director of Community Initiatives, to team Federation. In his role, he will be overseeing the work of many of Federation’s initiatives, including the development of partnerships and collaborations across the county.

Harari was raised in Sha’ar HaNegev, San Diego’s sister city in Israel. He served as an elite paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) where he was as a commander. His time in the IDF and his mother’s inspirational Holocaust survival story led Harari to a life of Jewish community service.

After moving to the US, Harari earned his doctorate in education from the University of California Santa Barbara. He then spent the last four years working for Los Angeles’ Jewish Federation before joining the team in San Diego.

“We are thrilled to welcome Itamar to the Federation.  We are excited to have someone with his extensive experience, passion and drive as part of the team and we look forward to working with him to grow and engaged the San Diego Jewish Community,” said Heather Wolfson, Senior Director, Community Partnerships.

“I am so excited to join an incredible team of professionals and volunteers who are committed to continuing to strengthen the San Diego Jewish community.  I feel fortunate to be part of strong community of individuals and families who truly care about their San Diegan Jewish and non-Jewish neighbors.  I’m confident in the strength and ability of all of us here to continue to strengthen the Jewish community in San Diego by engaging and connecting more individuals and families with our work,” said Harari. 

The addition of Harari will advance Federation’s Shalom San Diego Initiative, which aims to create the most welcoming and inclusive Jewish community in the country and care for Jews in need around the world.

Please join us in welcoming Itamar into our community!


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