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CoronavirusDue to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and in
an abundance of caution to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and donors, we have implemented a remote work environment for all employees. We are fully operational and prepared to support your philanthropy during this challenging time.

You may still reach the Jewish Community Foundation on our main line at (858) 279-2740. For our staff’s direct extensions, please
click here. They are located under each person’s photo and email address. During this time, we appreciate your patience if a staff member is unavailable by phone. Your call or email will be returned as soon as possible.

Thank you as always for your support.
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Recently In The News…

Tikkun Olam – On Reparing the World, Part 6
Simple Things to do in 5781 to Improve the World
by Beth Sirull, JCF President and CEO
September 2020
San Diego Jewish Journal

Together San Diego: Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Interview with Beth Sirull, JCF President and CEO
July 29, 2020
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Support the San Diego Black Community by Investing in It
by Beth Sirull
July 21, 2020
Times of San Diego

SD 50: Extraordinary Leadership
50 Making a Difference with Beth Sirull
June 28, 2020
San Diego Business Journal

Jewish nonprofits: Put ego aside and embrace the merger!
by Beth Sirull
June 4, 2020
Forward

Survival of Nonprofits with Beth Sirull
May 19, 2020
KUSI News

Radio interview on Philanthropy and COVID-19
with Beth Sirull
KOGO AM 600

COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

La Jolla Institute for Immunology to Host Coronavirus Immunotherapy Clearinghouse
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

How philanthropy can meet immediate needs in the COVID-19 era
by Beth Sirull
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Scientific, psychological, spiritual advice during pandemic
San Diego Jewish World

– ON KUSI NEWS –
Impact Investing, Part I
Impact Investing, Part II
Impact Investing, Part III
with Beth Sirull (JCF President and CEO), Debbie McKeon (President and CEO of the San Diego Grantmakers), and Lauren Grattan (Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement at Mission Driven Finance)
KUSI News, San Diego People

Foundation Newsletters

Foundation in the News

August 28, 2020
Local community foundation gives to in-need nonprofits
The San Diego Union-Tribune

August 12, 2020
Education, cancer battling win Chortek Awards for students
San Diego Jewish World

June 5, 2020
Jewish teen philanthropists donate to seven non-profits
San Diego Jewish World

May 2020
Tikkun Olam — On Repairing the World, Part 3
Repairing Our World After COVID-19
by Beth Sirull
San Diego Jewish Journal

April 2020
Tikkun Olam — On Repairing the World, Part 2
Jewish Poverty is not an Oxymoron
by Beth Sirull
San Diego Jewish Journal

March 2020
Tikkun Olam — On Repairing the World, Part 1
Charity and Volunteering are Critical, But They Are Not Enough
by Beth Sirull
San Diego Jewish Journal

January 27, 2020
Radio interview of Beth Sirull
It’s Your Business with Richard Muscio
KCBQ AM 1170

January 16, 2020
Jewish Women’s Foundation presents annual “Let’s Talk About It” event on women’s reproductive health
Del Mar Times

November 16, 2019
Poverty Simulation Held at Beth Israel of San Diego
East County Magazine

August 9, 2019
Cushman Foundation awards $1.2 million in ‘Making a Difference for San Diego’ grants
Del Mar Times

July 24, 2019
I Should Not Have To Check My Jewish Values At The Synagogue Door
by Beth Sirull
Forward

July 2019
Cushman Foundation Awards $1.2 Million
Giving Back Magazine

Cushman Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to 19 Nonprofits ‘Making a Difference’
Times of San Diego

June 27, 2019
Jewish Community Foundation helps address social issues in San Diego and beyond
La Jolla Light

June 2019
Teen Philanthropists Raise Thousands for Local Nonprofits
Giving Back Magazine

April 25, 2019
Women Helping Women
San Diego Jewish Journal

February 2019
Introduction to the Jewish Community Foundation
The Jewish 411 Directory

January 2019
Giving Gratutude
Giving Back Magazine

December 2018
Ending the Year Strong
Giving Back Magazine

September 26, 2018
Judaism Matters: Exploring the “Roads and Bridges” of the Jewish Community
San Diego Jewish Journal

May 15, 2018
Bryan Pepper new VP at JCF
San Diego Jewish World

March 25, 2018
JCF’s Jeremy Pearl Named CFO of the Year
CFO Awards Community: Volunteering Leads to a Most Rewarding Position
San Diego Business Journal

January 17, 2018:
Teen helps repair the world through philanthropy
The San Diego Union-Tribune

January 2018:
Charitable Planning: 5 Tips from our Trusted Charitable Advisors
San Diego Jewish Journal

November 15, 2017:
More Good News For Impact Investing: San Diego Jewish Community Foundation Adds Impact Pool
Forbes

November 13, 2017:
Jewish Community Foundation Celebrates 50 years
San Diego Jewish World
Jewish Community Foundation Celebrates 50 Years
Ranch & Coast Magazine

October 30, 2017:
Jewish Community Foundation Marks 50 Years, $1.5 Billion in Grants
Times of San Diego
JCF celebrates $1.5 billion in grants over 50 years
San Diego Jewish World

September 23, 2017:
Reflecting on a legacy of giving
San Diego Jewish Journal / Click here for the PDF version.

July 13, 2017:
Jewish Community Foundation marks 50 years of giving
La Jolla Light

June 3, 2017:
Helping people make choices about causes that matter most to them
The San Diego Union-Tribune

May 25, 2017:
New JCF CEO Takes Entrepreneurial Approach To Philanthropy
San Diego Business Journal
Jewish Teens Present $20,000 in Grants
San Diego Jewish Journal

May 24, 2017:
JCF announces new investment programs for donors
San Diego Jewish World

May 21, 2017:
Jewish Teen Foundation presents $20K to nonprofits
The San Diego Union-Tribune

May 5, 2017:
Beth Sirull named new President and CEO of Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Del Mar Times

April 26, 2017:
Links in the Chain
San Diego Jewish Journal

April 25, 2017:
JCF Honors Two Local Institutions with Endowment Leadership Awards
San Diego Jewish Journal
JCF Potiker Awards go to JFS and Hillel
San Diego Jewish World

April 5, 2017:
New President and CEO of Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Giving Back Magazine
New CEO Takes Helm of San Diego Jewish Community Foundation
Times of San Diego

March 30, 2017:
Bay Area Nonprofit Leader Named CEO of Jewish Community Foundation
San Diego Business Journal
Jewish Community Foundation Appoints New President
San Diego Jewish Journal
Beth Sirull named new CEO of Jewish Community Foundation
San Diego Jewish World
Veteran San Francisco Nonprofit Executive Named CEO of Jewish Community Foundation
San Diego Metro

November 2016:
JCF is Awarded a 4-Star Rating
Charity Navigator

November 4, 2016:
A Customized Approach to Grantmaking
San Diego Grantmakers

August 29, 2016:
The Rise of the Donor Advised Fund
San Diego Jewish Journal / Click here for the PDF version.

June 27, 2016:
Teen Philanthropy Far and Wide
San Diego Jewish Journal / Click here for the PDF version.

April 29, 2016:
In Search of More than a Friendly Hello
San Diego Jewish Journal

January 28, 2016:
Leadership Transition Announcement
by Jane Scher

October 5, 2015:
Charitable Giving, The Jewish Community that Could
San Diego Jewish Journal

December 9, 2014:
Making a Difference: Jewish Foundation is a billion-dollar success
The San Diego Union Tribune

November 21, 2014:
A landmark for the Jewish Community Foundation
The San Diego Union Tribune

November 19, 2014:
Jewish Community Foundation Tops $1 Billion in Charitable Grants
San Diego Metro

September 25, 2014:
Charlene Seidle is One of 5 People to Watch this Month
San Diego Magazine

August 14, 2014:
Successor Named to 20-Year Jewish Community Foundation CEO
Times of San Diego

Press Releases

August 2020 – Cushman Foundation Awards $1.55 Million in Making a Difference for San Diego Grants through the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

August 2020 – Peter Chortek Leadership Award 2020 Recipients Announced

June 2020 – Teen Philanthropists Award $21,855 in Grants to Seven Nonprofits amidst the COVID-19 Lockdown

March 2020 – San Diego Jewish Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund Launched by Community Partners – Over $1.6 Million Raised

January 2020 – Jewish Women’s Foundation Presents Annual “Let’s Talk About It” Event on Women’s Reproductive Health

July 2019 – Cushman Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Making a Difference for San Diego Grants through the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

April 2019 – Peter Chortek Leadership Award 2019 Recipients Announced

May 2018 – The Foundation Welcomes Bryan Pepper as Vice President of Philanthropy and Social Impact

May 2018 – Jeremy Pearl Recognized by San Diego Business Journal as CFO of the Year

April 2018 – Cushman Foundation Selects Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego to Manage Making a Difference for San Diego Grant Program

October 2017 – Philanthropy under 50? Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego Reaches Youth Through Innovative Programs

September 2017 – Harold and Shirley Pidgeon Honor Their Son’s Memory with Help from the Jewish Community Foundation

August 2017 – Jewish Community Foundation Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Donors Achieve Their Philanthropic Goals

April 2017 – JCF Announces Sheila Potiker Endowment Leadership Awards

March 2017 – Beth Sirull Named as New President and CEO of the Foundation

June 2016 – Teen Philanthropists Award $33,900 in Grants to Eight Nonprofits

June 2016 – JCF Welcomes Claudia Ehrlich as Director of Philanthropy

May 2016 – Announcing the 2015 Peter Chortek Leadership Award Recipient

March 2016 – Sheila Potiker Endowment Leadership Awards Announcement

December 2015 – The Jewish Community Foundation Promotes Sharleen Wollach to Vice President, Operations

November 2015 – Announcing Rady’s Commitment to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem

August 2015 – JCF Welcomes Three New Board Members and Promotes Jeremy Pearl to Senior Vice President and CFO

May 2015 – Jewish Teen Foundation Awards $25,000 in Grants

February 2015 – The Peter Chortek Leadership Award Recognizes Three Teens’ Commitment to Advocacy in San Diego

November 2014 – Jewish Community Foundation Surpasses One Billion Dollars in Charitable Grants

August 2014 – Announcing Charlene Seidle as New Jewish Community Foundation President and CEO

July 2014 – Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego Appoints Jane Scher as New Board Chair

July 2014 – Jewish Women’s Foundation Invests in Improving the Lives of Isolated Jewish Older Adult Women in San Diego

February 2014 – The Third Annual Peter Chortek Leadership Award: Recognizing Three Teens’ Contributions to the Community

Publications

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