North County Jewish Life


Over the last decade, North San Diego County has seen a dramatic increase in Jewish population. This growth has been demonstrated by mostly anecdotal—but still valid—evidence. At the same time, there has been expanded interest by Jewish institutions to build on their most successful programs and serve this growth as well as by secular organizations to reach out in a targeted way to the Jewish community. In our conversations and community engagement, we know that many North County Jews feel very connected to issues of social justice, the outdoors, the environment, and seek opportunities to engage in inclusive, pluralistic welcoming environments that are open to all backgrounds.

Responding to their needs, we seek to create and foster diverse and inclusive access points for North County Coastal Jews to explore and engage with Jewish life and identity. We want North County to be a national hub of Jewish ideas, experimental initiatives and dynamic and sustained engagement. We believe North County can be a model for the Jewish community about what and how a community can grow, instigate, embolden and sustain Jewish life.

Our support of this area focuses on the following sub-strategies:

  • Diverse Jewish Access Points: The Leichtag Foundation advances diverse Jewish access points in the North County Coastal region including in the areas of culture, education, gathering, relationship development, the environment, relationship with Israel and identity development and exploration. We are particularly focused on helping people live Jewish values of justice and integrating multiple interests and identities through a Jewish lens. The Leichtag Foundation supports program for individuals across the age spectrum with a focus on college students, young adults, young families, empty nesters, and seniors.
  • Talent Incubation and Development: The Leichtag Foundation recognizes the importance of investing in talent, with a focus on leadership and professional development, in order to form a durable and sustainable community.
  • Community Engagement: The Leichtag Foundation will continue its direct engagement and conversation with members of the North County Jewish community in order to identify and respond to needs and changing demographics.

Jewish Life in Coastal North County, San Diego Focus Group

Read the study about Jewish life in coastal North County.


 

 

Recent North County Jewish Life News:

  • Jewish Food Justice Fellows Hosting Sunset & Havdalah! June 12, 2018 Enjoy a sunset picnic and Havdalah at the most beautiful lookout point on Leichtag Commons, hosted by returning Jewish Food Justice Fellows! There will be song, drink, dessert, and discussion to help wrap up Shabbat and glide into the new week. Bring your favorite meal and welcome Shabbat with a sunset at the most beautiful point in Leichtag Commons, ...
  • Leichtag Foundation Promotes Jenny Camhi to Director of The Hive at Leichtag Commons June 7, 2018 ENCINITAS, Calif. – The Leichtag Foundation announced today that Jenny Camhi has been promoted to the key leadership position of Director of The Hive at Leichtag Commons. The Hive at Leichtag Commons is the Foundation’s platform for talent development, grantee and ecosystem professional development and capacity building, Jewish discourse, support of social innovation and more. Jenny ...
  • 7 Reasons to Add Agriculture to Your Community! May 14, 2018 by Daron “Farmer D” Joffe In the past few years, the Urban Land Institute has recognized that integrating food and farming into urban, suburban and rural real estate development projects is a rapidly growing trend. In addition to creating a dynamic platform for food production, social engagement and education, farm-centric communities can also support more vibrant ...
  • 2017 Letter of Gratitude to the Community November 23, 2017 2017 Letter of Gratitude to the Community
  • San Diego Jewish Community Stands Up to Hate August 16, 2017 On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, over 550 San Diegans united at the Lawrence Family JCC to stand up to hate in response to the violent and deadly Charlottesville white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally. Among us were Jews and allies, familiar faces and newcomers, Holocaust survivors and descendants of Holocaust victims, elected officials and grassroots organizers, ...