The San Diego Holocaust Survivor Coalition

San Diego is home to nearly 500 Holocaust Survivors, Jewish Nazi Victims, and Jewish refugees of WWII. While many are still living independently, 1/3 of this population is living at, our below, poverty. Many of these individuals are outliving their resources and experiencing emerging and dynamic needs while others have persistent challenges and traumas that they have carried with them their entire lives. They face challenges that can trigger memories of their traumatic experiences. They are at risk for poor physical and mental health, depression, and social isolation. After enduring one of the darkest periods in human history, we want to ensure they live comfortably and with dignity for the remaining years of their lives. Taking care of Holocaust survivors is not just the responsibility of any one organization, but the responsibility of our entire community.
The San Diego Holocaust Survivor Coalition is a collaboration of Jewish organizations, institutions, and individuals that are dedicated to providing Survivors with the respect and dignity they deserve. It is only together that we can address the complex needs of this vulnerable population and offer access to vital medical and food services, compassionate care, and the social embrace of our community.

Based on the belief that we can do far more together than any one of us can do alone, now is the time for us to renew and fulfill our promise to NEVER FORGET, NEVER AGAIN. As partners, we will work together to embrace the remaining Holocaust survivors in San Diego.

How We Will Honor Survivors


The complexity of their situation requires a strategic, community-wide approach. The Jewish Federation of San Diego is proud to mobilize community resources, to activate volunteers, and elevate the level of care and connection for San Diego Survivors. Once the most pressing needs are addressed, our focus will shift to preserving the memories of Survivors by honoring their legacies and reinforcing Holocaust education.


To date, Federation have leveraged this coalition to:

Secured over $500,000 of new funding for Survivor care

Brought together experts in the field to reduce emergency needs for Survivors

Built a San Diego Holocaust Survivor Coalition of 30 members, uniting in service to Survivors

Ensure continued Holocaust education and commemoration

We invite every organization and individual to join us in this endeavor.  Why?  Because we are STRONGER TOGETHER.

For more information, contact Darren Schwartz.




For more information, contact Amy Mendelsohn.

Service Partners

2-1-1 San Diego, Impact Cubed, Jewish Family Service San Diego, Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, Serving Seniors, Sharp Hospital Mesa Vista

Funding Partners

Kavod Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF)
Jewish Federation of North America – Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care

Community Partners

Chabad Hebrew Academy, Chabad of University City, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Dor Hadash, Hillel of San Diego, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation, Kahal Am, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Ner Tamid Synagogue, Ohr Shalom Synagogue, San Diego Generations of the Shoah, San Diego Jewish World, Seacrest Village, Soille Hebrew Day, Temple Adat Shalom, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Solel, The Butterfly Project, Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Torah High School