History of San Diego Jewish Community
Like other North American Jewish communities, San Diego’s has experienced major geographic and demographic shifts over the decades. In the 1950s and 60s, a much smaller San Diego Jewish population was concentrated in the southern and eastern part of the city and county—in La Mesa and Del Cerro, near San Diego State University.
A decade later, with the founding of the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, and of the neighboring Salk Institute, named for its founder, Dr. Jonas Salk, the American Jew who discovered the polio vaccine, many San Diego Jews migrated north and west to the new educational and research hub.
The growth of the San Diego Jewish community in the 1980s and 90s, thanks in part of immigration from South Africa, Israel, Mexico, and the former Soviet Union, led to more movement north along the coast—to Del Mar and the Carmel Valley. And since the 2000s, many Jewish families have created homes and communities for themselves even farther north and east: in Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Poway, and Escondido