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Board Chair Reflections: Federation is Closing


The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is closing its doors - it will exist no more.

Lest I repeat the mistake of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of a Martian invasion of earth that created widespread panic across America, Federation is NOT closing.  But…what if it did?  What i…

March of the Living Brings Meaning to Countless Teens


2019 March of the Living participants in Israel 

March of the Living is an international educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and then on to Israel to observe Yom Ha'zika…

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day 8th Graders go to Israel


Through My Israel Journey — Teen Subsidy Program, we grant eligible teens living in San Diego County a one-time award of up to $1,500 toward participation in an approved program in Israel. These immersive experiences serve to connect teens to the homeland while strengthening their commitm…

Board Chair Reflections: The Shoulders of Giants


As the end of my term approaches (only ONE column left after today), I reflect on the past four years with humility and appreciation. I joke that I am on an Appreciation Tour, letting those who have meant so much to me and the Federation know how much their support, effort and commitment in…

Celebrate Israelfest Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers


Thousands enjoying the festivities at Celebrate Israelfest. Photo by Black Moon Images

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, more than 3,000 San Diegans gathered in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut—Israeli Independence Day.  In the wake of the Poway tragedy, Celebrate Israelfest served as a unique oppo…