Through Federation, you inspire the next generation of community leaders. You ensure our Jewish future through PJ Library. You bring San Diego teens closer to their brothers and sisters in Israel through My Israel Journey.
Today, you can do even more. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community leaders, we have four exciting matches that will double the impact of your gift as we close out our 2016 fundraising campaign.
In the new Federation, you have the power to direct your philanthropy to what you care about most. These powerful matches give you a choice in how you impact the Jewish community in San Diego, in Israel, and around the world.
$36,000 matching gift from Claire and David Ellman helping us bring PJ Library/Shalom Baby/Little Mensches to even more families.
PJ Library is an important program that sends Jewish children’s books to families and helps them connect to their Jewish heritage in a fun and meaningful way.
When you support PJ Library with your new or increased gift, you connect families, often-interfaith families, to their Jewish heritage in a way that not only educates the children, but the adults as well, and brings the family closer together.
One PJ Library mother, Lori Shearer, said the program, “provided me, a non-Jewish mom raising a Jewish child a roadmap to establish our Jewish family traditions at home and a way for my son and me to learn together about Jewish life.”
Jewish Summer Camp
$10,000 gift from Rae and Ed Samiljan to help increase the number of One Happy Camper scholarships –
For many families in San Diego, Jewish summer camp can often seem out of reach. The financial strain for low-income households, or single parents, means their children may have to miss out on the life changing experience of Jewish summer camp.
When you donate to Jewish Camps with your new or increased gift, you change lives. Federation’s One Happy Camper empowers families to send their children to their very first Jewish summer camp. The experience instills a sense of Jewish pride in these young children and exposes them their Jewish heritage, and our community’s traditions.
Dawn and Jonathan, parents of two campers said that One Happy Camper helped their children discover “a core identity and understanding of their Jewish heritage.”
Last summer Federation was awarded an unprecedented $3 million matching grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to engage San Diego Jewish teens.
When you give to the Community Teen Initiative with your new or increased gift, you encourage teens to learn the value of tzedakah, the moral obligation of giving back. Through volunteering and getting involved they go into the community and learn the difference they can make. Without your support, the future of our tradition could be lost on future generations.
My Israel Journey
$50,000 anonymous matching gift to increase the number of teens we send to to Israel.
Do you remember your first time in Israel? The magic, the connection, the responsibility and inspiration? We know when a teen visits Israel, they proud of their Jewish heritage and feel a closer connection not only to the land of Israel, but also to Jews around the world.
Ari Krasner, a teen Federation sent to Israel, a grandson of a Holocaust survivor used the trip to connect to his ancestry and took part in the March of the Living where he said he, “had the opportunity to visit the sites where our people faced extermination. I will never forget the heart-wrenching moments that I experienced on that trip.”
Ari returned to San Diego, after witnessing the strength and resolve of Jewish people in Israel, inspired to be e a leader in our community. Your new or increased gift will give more teens a life-changing experience like Ari's.
Imagine what your donation will accomplish when it is doubled by one of our matching grants. You have the ability to do more than ever before, and be a steward of our Jewish communities future.
To learn more about each grant, click here.
But remember, our campaign ends on June 30, 2016. Don’t let this opportunity to make your end of the year gift double its impact.