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The Foundation supports a vibrant Jewish and general community in San Diego and Israel, as well as causes both nationally and internationally.

We provide giving ideas focused around a general cause. Our collective approach allows for larger grants to make an even bigger difference.

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Louisiana Flooding Relief

Southern Louisiana has been hit hard with record-breaking rains and flooding. What has been declared as a federal emergency has left 11 people dead and thousands homeless. 31 inches of rain fell over a three-day period from Friday to Sunday, August 12-14th. About 40,000 homes have been affected by days of this devastating flooding and approximately 20,000 people have been rescued.

The needs for these people is and will continue to be substantial. Both Jewish and non-Jewish people need our help!

You can help through the following organizations:

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

The Federation of San Diego, along with other Jewish Federations across North America are raising funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge as they meet urgent needs. 100% of your donation will go to the Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank is responding to the third major natural disaster to hit South Louisiana in just six months, sending thousands of pounds of food, water, and cleaning supplies to flood victims in Tangipahoa Parish, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge.

If you would like to recommend a grant from your Donor Advised Fund, please log in to your Donor Central Account or email Lizette Safa

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Canadian Fire Relief

The raging wildfire continues forcing thousands of evacuees in Canada to seek safe ground. The blaze is located in Fort McMurray, Alberta and so far has destroyed or damaged 1,600 buildings and homes and has grown to over 330 square miles. A state of emergency has been declared and a wider mandatory evacuation area has been imposed as Alberta deals with this rampaging wildfire.

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Aid to Ecuador

In the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador in mid-April, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is there on the ground providing relief and assistance to the victims. This powerful disaster has killed hundreds, injured thousands and leaves behind masses of destruction.

The JDC, along with partners, is providing aid to those who need it most. They are supplying food, water, medical equipment and supplies, water filters and purification tablets, solar panel lamps, and post-trauma kits for children.

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Flooding Relief

Record-breaking rainfall has been pouring down on Houston, Texas and 9 surrounding counties for several weeks. A state of emergency has been declared due to this deadly flooding. The mass flooding has already taken several lives, left hundreds of people and families to be rescued and thousands without power.

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Crisis In Israel: How To Help

Terrible violence has spread throughout Israel. In recent weeks, there have been multiple terrorist attacks resulting in many deaths and injuries. The violence is ongoing and security remains a challenge in Israel.

We mourn their losses and hope that calm will be restored soon. In the meantime, many donors have asked us how they can help. We encourage you to support organizations that are on the ground providing services to those affected by these horrors.

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Nepal Earthquake: How to Help

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its support to the people of Nepal and northeast India as they face widespread death and destruction from Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its ensuing large aftershocks. This has been the largest quake to hit the region since 1934. Though tolls continue to rise, more than 3,900 people are confirmed dead and 7,000 injured. The earthquake caused widespread destruction in Kathmandu and the surrounding region, as well as a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

If you would like to make a grant from your fund to contribute toward relief efforts, the following organizations are providing aid on the ground.

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Unrest in Ukraine – Relief Efforts

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its support to the people of Ukraine during this unpredictable time of political and economic crisis. Ukraine has one of the largest Jewish populations in the world, estimated to be around 300,000. There are approximately 17,000 Jews in Crimea.

The impact of this crisis on the weakest members of society, including thousands of elderly Jews, is devastating. As a result, the needs across the Jewish community are growing significantly.

If you would like to make a grant from your fund to contribute toward relief efforts, the following organizations are providing aid on the ground.

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Detroit Floods: How to Help

Historic Flooding Has Paralyzed Detroit – You Can Help!

Recently, metropolitan Detroit has been inundated with massive rainfall leading to historic flooding, which overwhelmed freeways and surface streets, stranded motorists, destroyed vehicles, and flooded homes and businesses.

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is mobilizing to provide the local community with much-needed support. Emergency aid raised will be used to provide financial need beyond the current scope of those already assisting these families. Federation works hand in hand with those already on the ground to help families in Detroit rebuild and restore their homes and communities.

100% of all contributions will go to the Detroit Flood Emergency Fund.

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Providing Aid to Israel

Summer 2014

The last weeks have seen instability, terror and casualties throughout Israel. Over 700 rockets have been fired at Israel with some reaching the Tel Aviv area and even Jerusalem. Rockets were also fired Friday for the first time in this conflict from neighboring Lebanon.

As many as three-quarters of the Israeli population is threatened, who rush to take refuge in bomb shelters at a moment’s notice. The people of Israel are struggling with the physical, emotional and psychological impact of rocket fire.

If you would like to make a grant from your fund to contribute toward relief efforts, please see the giving opportunities below. We will continue to monitor the effects of the fires and provide updates on further needs in our community as necessary.

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San Diego Fires – How to Help

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its deepest sympathy and support to our fellow San Diego residents affected by the recent fires.

We are grateful to the organizations that extended their resources beyond their usual programs to provide emergency and first response services. If you would like to make a grant from your fund to contribute toward relief efforts, please see the giving opportunities below. We will continue to monitor the effects of the fires and provide updates on further needs in our community as necessary.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its support to the people of the Philippines as they face catastrophic destruction from Super Typhoon Haiyan, described as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. Nearly 9.5 million people have been affected, with over 600,000 displaced, and an anticipated death toll of 10,000.

It is meaningful to note that the Philippines offered safe haven to more than 1,000 Jewish refugees during World War II. As a community, it is a privilege to honor that historic debt. In fact, the Israel Defense Forces are currently there providing assistance, including search, rescue and medicine.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education in San Diego and Israel

STEM education is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that bridges science, technology, engineering and mathematics with real-world, problem-based learning. STEM education removes barriers between the four disciplines it comprises by integrating them into one cohesive teaching and learning paradigm. Such an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to prepare students, as new innovations and inventions tend to be made at the intersections of these four disciplines. Read more on the topic in this white paper prepared for the Jewish Community Foundation and click ‘more’ below to find out about granting opportunities in San Diego and Israel. In addition, find an overview of how the US and Israel rank with science and math test scores from Gerald Solomon, Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation.

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Colorado Wildfires Relief Effort

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its deepest sympathy and support to the people of the Colorado Springs area in the wake of the wildfire that killed two people and burned nearly 500 homes. The fire, which is still not contained, has consumed over 14,000 acres. It has been termed the most destructive fire in Colorado state history.

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Oklahoma Tornado Relief

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its deepest sympathy and support to the people of the Oklahoma City area in the wake of the massive tornado that killed at least two dozen people, injured scores of others and devastated entire neighborhoods. The suburb of Moore bore the brunt of the killer storm. The twister flattened an elementary school, killing seven children. More than 100 people have been pulled from the rubble of residences and commercial buildings, according to news reports.

If you would like to provide assistance to those impacted by this crisis, please see below for funding opportunities.