About Us

 

Our Vision

Diverse and dynamic Bay Area Jewish communities, deeply engaged in Jewish life and doing good locally, in Israel, and around the world.  

Our Mission

To mobilize innovation, collaboration, and investment to shape diverse and dynamic Bay Area Jewish communities where people find a meaningful connection to Judaism and each other; and where we work together to better lives and communities locally, in Israel, and around the world.

Our Values

Our organization is guided by the Jewish values of:
•    Building community (kehilla)
•    Taking care of the needy (tzedakah)
•    Pursuing justice (tzedek)

What We Do

1) Promote more and better Jewish philanthropy.
Philanthropy advising, advancement, and stewardship are performed in a more deliberate manner along with an increased focus on particular areas of gift planning and collaborative donor-institutional designed giving opportunities.   

2) Dramatically increase the number of young people engaged in Jewish life.
The Community Portrait and related research indicate that the majority of young Jewish people in the Bay Area are not connected to Jewish life or community. Yet youth, young adults, and families with young children live at powerful inflection points for deeper identity formation, seeking and building new friendships and community, and making choices that can inform a lifelong path. The Federation is leading a movement to infuse our Jewish ecosystem with mindsets and practices that ensure belonging, creating and growing proven “onramps” to Jewish life that build connection and community, and grantmaking to help organizations build networks and pathways for young people to access and explore community through Jewish opportunities.

3) Foster resilient and secure Jewish communities.
We seek to achieve a Bay Area Jewish community with a secure Jewish ecosystem, diverse leadership, and shared responsibility for our future, which empowers people to lead proud Jewish lives. We do this by funding efforts to enhance physical and psychological safety at Jewish institutions, leading unique programs to support strong leadership for the Jewish community in the Bay Area and Israel, building relationships both inside and outside the Jewish community in the Bay Area, advancing democratic values and social cohesion in Israeli society, and supporting vulnerable Jews and strengthen Jewish communities around the world.


Our Commitment to Diversity

We, the professional staff and volunteer leadership of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation), seek to build a Federation committed to our core tenets of tzedek (justice), kehillah (community), and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Guided by Jewish values, we will cultivate an organization that is truly representative of our Jewish community and beyond, allowing both our professionals and volunteer leaders to participate as their most authentic selves. Like the diverse and multicultural community that we are, and in the long history of Jewish peoplehood, we are ever-changing and adapting. We celebrate and embrace all individuals who make up the fabric of our community, representing all races, ethnicities, religions, denominations, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, and national origins, among other identities. Our many identities are an asset as we build stronger, vibrant, and joyful communal belonging and a resilient ecosystem in which we all thrive, together.

We have a unique role in co-building a safe, engaged, and inclusive Bay Area Jewish community.  We recognize and take responsibility for questioning and transforming the bias that has created inequity and stymied belonging across our community. The Federation commits to consistently conducting our work in line with our core values and building an organizational culture that advances diversity, equity, racial justice, and belonging. We are identifying areas for growth and learning to implement, process, policy changes, and initiatives internally and in partnership with the Bay Area Jewish community. 
 

Our Community

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund released the findings of our major community study –  A Portrait of Bay Area Jewish Life and Communities, an unprecedented population study of Jews in the Bay Area. It is the latest comprehensive, region-wide assessment of community needs, demographics, and key aspects of Jewish life.