Ken Jewish Community Partners and Collaborators

Updated on March 2016

Adopt a Family FoundationAdopt a Family Foundation

The mission of Adopt a Family Foundation is to provide a means for giving financial and emotional support to Israeli citizens and their families who have been the innocent victims of terror. One example of collaboration was in 2015 when the Ken, through the Bat Mitzvah Project, raised money for this foundation.


Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. The Ken promotes ADL programs and activities any time it is required, and encourage its teens to participate in the ADL’s Manhigim program. The ADL offers and has provided in the past, educational speakers to the counselors training program Aluma and madrichim.

Friends of the IDF (FIDF)

Initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs & facilities for the young IDF soldiers who defend the Jewish homeland. The Ken promotes and sometimes supports financially, activities organized by FIDF.

Gmach LogoGMACH

San Diego Jewish Gift Closet is a place where people donate items and those items are given for free to recipients in need. In addition, GMACH attempts to find solutions for those in need, including rent subsides, professional adult mentoring & advocacy, emergency cash, and more. The Ken Jewish Community began its partnership with GMACH – San Diego Jewish Closet – in 2012 and from then on, the partnership has grown year after year. Nowadays, among other things, the Ken organizes community service projects for the GMACH such as the annual Hannukah Party Celebration at the Ken, and GMACH welcomes the delegation from the Ken into their facilities for educational talks about Tzdakah.

Good Deeds Day

Is an annual celebration of good deeds, initiated in 2007 by the Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison. Nowadays, Good Deeds Day celebration is adopted by more than 50 countries and grows every year. The Ken Jewish Community joined Good Deeds Day in 2014 and quickly became one of the main projects of the Ken’s Tikun Olam Program “Hands on Giving”, because of its potential of having over 300 members of the Ken working simultaneously for one goal: doing good.

JewishFamilySerLogoJewish Family Service

Provides comprehensive human care services to people in need of all ages and faiths. The Ken partnered with the Jewish Family Service in many projects throughout the year mainly through the Hands on Giving Program.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Is a nonprofit organization whose primary function is to broker fundraising and volunteer work in support of Jewish causes within the San Diego Jewish community. Several years of partnership between both organizations, which includes among other things is the Ken’s annual financial support to the San Diego Yom Ha Hatzmaut Celebration, as well as scholarships for Israel trips and allocation provided by the Jewish Federation to the Ken.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s (JCC)

It’s mission is to connect the community to Jewish heritage, identity, experiences and values to ensure the continuity and vibrancy of the Jewish community. The Ken and the JCC have a long history of collaboration, mainly in educational and recreational activities. Examples of this collaboration are the fact that for many years, the JCC served as the center for the Ken’s soccer tournament and the Ken involvement in the Jserve event.

Ohr Shalom, Beit Eliyahu and Adat Yeshurun

Are three synagogues that enrich the Ken Jewish Community’s Bat Mitzvah curriculum every year, by teaching the religious aspects of the program.

San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA)

Is San Diego’s largest Jewish day school. The Ken Jewish Community and SDJA partnership began in 2008, when the Ken moved its offices into the SDJA infrastructure and has flourished since then. Both institutions share a common goal in Jewish education and collaborate in daily operations and common events.

Stand With Us

Aims to enhance Israel’s image in the eyes of the world. The Ken partners with Stand With Us in Israel and Middle East Conflict related educational programs and activities, such as rallies in support of Israel and conferences for adults and teens.

A-Culture-of-Peace_webA Culture of Peace – Tarbut L’Shalom

Seeks to advance the initiatives of peace through Jewish thoughts. The Ken and Tarbut Le Shalom support each other in different activities.

Teen Professional Coalition

Is a new initiative that thrives reaching out and engaging as many teens as possible into Jewish life frames. To that goal, the teen professional coalition which includes a variety of youth organizations from San Diego, meets every month, talks about different issues concerning youth and ultimately, will come up with events and activities to attract teens all over San Diego. Some of the organizations involved in this campaign are: The Ken Jewish Community, ADL, Tzofim, YAM, NCSY, Beth Am, Fiends of circle, JCC Teen.

Tel Aviv Yafo Foundation LogoThe Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation

Establishes social service, educational, cultural and environmental projects that care for the needy, assist minority populations, encourage the talented and enrich the quality of life for all Tel Avivians. In 2011 the Ken Jewish Community signed a partnership with the Tel Aviv Foundation to found a playground in Neve Eliezer. This new park and playground provides meeting spaces, seating areas and open spaces to play for the children and adults of the neighborhood. This new safe environment also serves as a “community center” where families can enjoy picnics, performances, birthday celebrations and much more. More Information on this project

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (A.I.P.A.C)

Empowers pro-Israel activists across all ages, religions and races to be politically engaged and build relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to promote the U.S.-Israel relationship. Among other things, since 2012 the Ken gets subsided seats and scholarships at the major conferences of AIPAC in Washington including the Policy Conference; and since that year also, an AIPAC representative meets Aluma’s chanichim once or twice a year, explains about their mission and encourages them to advocate for Israel.

Training and Education about the Middle East (T.E.A.M)

Is a non-profit organization dedicated to bring balance to the debate on the Middle East conflict wherever possible by informing any group willing to listen the real historical facts of the conflict. The Ken partners with T.E.A.M in Israel and Middle East Conflict related educational programs.


Promotes and enhances the bond between Jewish people and the State of Israel, and provides educational and social service programs for children, women and the elderly. The Ken and its three branches in San Diego have a long time relationship, supporting each other in different initiatives.

Young Latinos for Israel’s mission

It’s mission is to inform the Latino Community on the history & happenings in Israel & inspire support for this country through musical & educational events. The Ken through its Israel Project educates the Latino community by providing them with speakers and written material, as well as participating in some of their activities.

The Ken´s Tikun Olam Program ¨Hands on Giving¨, which mission is to educate the youth while helping others by hands-on opportunities, joins a variety of organizations to achieve its goal. Some of those organizations are listed below:

  • Alpha Project Shelter
  • Belmont Village Senior Home
  • Camp Pendleton
  • CHAI Lifeline
  • Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood
  • Fundación CODET
  • Feeding America
  • Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center
  • GMACH – San Diego Gift Closet
  • Hellen Woodward
  • Humane Society
  • Hogar Unidos por Siempre
  • Hogar Verdad y Vida
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Jewish Federation of San Diego
  • La Posada de Guadalupe Shelter
  • Ronald Mc Donalds House
  • Salvation Army
  • San Diego Food Bank
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • Saint Vincent De Paul
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sister Sophi
  • The Oscar Litwak Foundation
  • Tommie’s Place – YMCA
  • Transitional Age Youth Academy – YMCA
  • United we Dream
  • Urban Street Angels
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • Yeladim Shelanu