History

Highlights of the Jewish Community Foundation’s storied history

The Jewish Community Foundation was established in 1964 by dedicated leaders who envisioned a sustained future for the San Diego Jewish community. During the Foundation’s long and distinguished history, fund holders have assisted Israelis during the Yom Kippur War, helped Soviet Jewry immigrating to the U.S. and Israel, and been to the aid of communities around the world for more than four decades. Below are a few highlights from the Foundation’s historical timeline.

JCF History

2013

Charlene Seidle, Senior Vice President of the Jewish Community Foundation, was the 2013 recipient of the J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award at the Jewish Funders Network International Conference. The J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award was established in 2002 to honor foundation professionals age 40 and under who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the field of Jewish philanthropy.

JCF History

2010

Marjory Kaplan, president and chief executive officer and holder of the Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair at the Foundation, was recognized as one of the two KPBS Local Heroes for its Jewish Heritage month in May. Marjory is one of 12 San Diegans – all local community heroes – who are being recognized and paid tribute to for making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world. Other honorees will be recognized during tributes to these heritage months: Black History, Women’s History, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic and Native American.

JCF History

2010

The Foundation established a satellite office in Carlsbad in space provided by the Leichtag Family Foundation. The Foundation’s North County office allows it to reach out more effectively to a growing number of donors and community partners based in North County. The main Foundation office remains in Kearny Mesa at the Joseph and Lenka Finci United Jewish Federation of San Diego Building.

JCF History

2009

The Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair was established, a result of a gift that will support and name in perpetuity the president and chief executive officer’s position at the Foundation.

JCF History

2009

The Foundation awarded and facilitated $62 million in 4,700 grants to 1,000 Jewish and general organizations in 2008-09, remaining the largest grant maker in San Diego for the fourth consecutive year. At fiscal year-end 2009, managed assets totaled $207 million.

JCF History

2008

Governance Leadership Institute established to strengthen governance practices for San Diego’s Jewish organizations, schools and synagogues

JCF History

2007

The Foundation celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a gala celebration with 500 community members at the San Diego Museum of Man

JCF History

2007

The Foundation won the Community Endowment Excellence Award from United Jewish Communities in 2004 and 2007

JCF History

2005

Name legally changed to Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

JCF History

2004

Endowment Leadership Institute established, becomes a successful national model and one of the first Jewish community programs engaging all denominations

JCF History

2001

First Book of Life signing ceremony held with 40 community members promising to establish a legacy for the future Jewish community

JCF History

1998

Community Youth Foundation established to educate young people about the impact of philanthropy

JCF History

1997

First family supporting foundations established by Viterbi and Galinson families

JCF History

1997

Foundation celebrates 30th anniversary with assets of $30 million

JCF History

1994

Marjory Kaplan joins Foundation as its second full-time executive director

JCF History

1989

San Diego resettles more than 350 Soviet Jews with significant funding provided by Foundation

JCF History

1985

Foundation awards largest grants in its history to Jewish Community Center and San Diego Hebrew Homes

JCF History

1983

Foundation celebrates record year with assets reaching $8 million

JCF History

1973

More than $100,000 donated by San Diego Jewish community to Israelis after Yom Kippur War

JCF History

1972

Internal Revenue Service recognizes Community Foundation as a public foundation

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1967

Community Foundation of UJF of San Diego established and approved by State of California as a public charity

JCF History

1964

First organizing meeting held at office of Herm Schwartz with purpose of discussing endowment and bequest program for United Jewish Federation and the Jewish community