Jewish Community Organizations- San Francisco Bay Area

Jewish Community Federation

Description: San Francisco Hillel's largest benefactor, the Federation ensures the survival and continued growth of San Francisco's numerous Jewish organizations.

Jewish Community Relations Council

Description: The JCRC is the public-relations arm of the Bay Area Jewish community, representing more than 80 synagogues and other organizations locally.
Israel Center

Description: The Israel Center works to connect artistic, social, and cultural Israeli programs to the Bay Area Jewish community.
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life

Description: The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) deepens the Jewish community’s commitment to the stewardship of creation and mobilizes the resources of Jewish life and learning to protect the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Jewish Family and Children's Services

Description: JFCS provides social and family counseling services to children, adults, seniors, and students.
Jewish Vocational Service

Description: Need a job? JVS helps to provide job training for San Francisco's Jewish community, and the Bay Area as a whole.
Hebrew Free Loan Association

Description: The HFLA provides interest-free loans to the local Jewish community to pay for school, emergency financial assistance, business loans, and more.
Shalom Bayit

Description: For Jewish Women who have experienced, or are experiencing, abuse in an intimate relationship and want to heal in a Jewish context, a spiritual support group.
Consulate General Of Israel In San Francisco

Description: The Consulate General of Israel covers the entire Pacific Northwest Region (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska). The Consulate works to provide the best of Israel in their respective areas of expertise.

Description: PlanitJewish is the Bay Area's community calendar. You can personalize the site
send you email reminders for your upcoming events, and more.


Hillel and Hillel-Related

Hillel International

Description: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life... The umbrella organization for virtually all Jewish campus activity in North America.
Birthright Israel

Description: Want to go to Israel for 10 days, for free? If you're 18-26 , and you've never been to Israel on a group trip, you're eligible. As they like to say, "The gift is priceless."
Berkeley Hillel

Description: Our friendly neighbor to the north....east. Serving UC Berkeley, Mills College, Chabot Community College, etc.
Hillel of Silicon Valley

Description: Serving San Jose State, Santa Clara University, De Anza, Foothill, and San Jose City Colleges, as well as Evergreen and West Valley Colleges. Like to dance? Click on their site– the party never stops...
Stanford Hillel

Our colleagues to the south... Serving Stanford University


Advocacy & Policy 

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Description: Fighting anti-Semitism and hate by documenting incidents and providing education for more than 90 years.
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Description: The American lobby for Israel in Congress.
American Zionist Movement

Description: The American arm of the World Zionist Organization. Supports the Zionist ideals of promoting aliyah (immigration to Israel), the unity of the Jewish people, and the protection of Jewish rights worldwide.
Honest Reporting

Description: "HonestReporting was established to scrutinize the media for anti-Israel bias, then mobilize subscribers to respond directly to relevant news agencies."
Israel on Campus Coalition

Description: " A network of national organizations working to promote Israel education and advocacy on university campuses across the United States. Coalition members are committed to educating students about Israel's history, culture, accomplishments and challenges, bringing Israel resources to campus, facilitating study and travel experiences in Israel, and launching national campus initiatives in support of Israel."
Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)

Description: With the establishment of Israel in 1948, almost 900,000 Jews from across the Middle East and North Africa were expelled. JIMENA serves as an advocate for them, and for their descendants.
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

Description: "The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region's media. MEMRI bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East."

Description: "Tikkun provides a space for both affiliated and non-affiliated Jews who seek to renew their Judaism, and a space for Jews and non-Jews alike to shape a politics out of spiritual values. Because of our commitment to spiritual values, Tikkun's editors are not afraid to confront controversy. So, while we firmly support the State of Israel, we also support Palestinian rights..."
Zionist Organization of America

Description: "The Zionist Organization of America is the oldest, and one of the largest, pro-Israel organizations in the United States. The ZOA today works to strengthen American-Israeli relations, through educational activities, public affairs programs, support for pro-Israel legislation on Capitol Hill, and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media, textbooks, travel guides, and on campuses."


Jewish Community Organizations- National and International 

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

Description: AEPI is the largest Jewish fraternity in the US, with more than 75,000 past and present brothers. Famous alumni include both Simon & Garfunkel, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gene Wilder, and more.
American Jewish Committee

Description: The American Jewish Committee works to safeguard the welfare and security of Jews throughout America, Israel, and the rest of the world, and to strengthen ties between American and Israeli Jews.
B'nai B'rith

Description: One of the largest Jewish Community organizations in the world, B'nai B'rith funds a variety of youth and community programs, advocates for pro-Israel causes, and much more.
Jewish Agency for Israel

Description: The arm of the Israeli government responsible for promoting Aliyah, the Jewish Agency provides Jewish and Zionist education worldwide, and attempts to create greater partnerships between Jews in Israel and the rest of the world.
United Jewish Communities

Description: The UJC is the is the umbrella organization for Jewish Federations throughout North America.


Judaism- Religion and Reference 

Bureau of Jewish Education- San Francisco

Description: " The mission of the Bureau of Jewish Education is to increase the impact of Jewish learning by assuring the availability and high quality of opportunities for Jewish learning."

Description: An all-in-one portal for all things Jewish. Advocacy tips, recipes, Judaica, and everything in between. Have a question about something Jewish? Try the 'Ask A Rabbi' feature...
Jewish Study Network

Description: "The Jewish Study Network is an association of young Jewish scholars who have come together to share their knowledge of Jewish tradition with the general Jewish public of the Bay Area."
Jewish Virtual Library

Description: A compendium of Jewish knowledge; History, Women, the Holocaust, Maps, Politics, Israel & the US, and much more.


Israel Public Relations (Hasbara)

Blue Star PR

Description: "BlueStar PR produces visual media that strengthens existing efforts to gain popular support and interest for Israel and Judaism. We partner with individuals and organizations to create positive and educational posters, advertisements, and learning materials available for widespread distribution. Our goal is to shape public opinion through knowledge and understanding."
Caravan for Democracy

Description: "Caravan for Democracy drives constructive dialogue on college campuses throughout the United States by bringing different speakers from Israel to discuss the challenges Israel faces as the only democracy in the Middle East."
Israel 21C

Description: "ISRAEL21c is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of California that works with existing institutions and the media to inform Americans about 21st century Israel, its people, its institutions and its contributions to global society. ISRAEL21c creates, aggregates and broadly disseminates high-quality information to the American public about the Israel that exists beyond the pervasive imagery of conflict that characterizes so much of western media reporting."

Description: "Our goal is to insure that Israel's side of the story is accurately told, through powerful, fact based materials, alerts, speakers, and conferences. This will be our way of communicating ourprofound solidarity with, (and appreciation for) the people of Israel, their quest for peace, and the beauty of their democratic values."


Jewish Arts, Entertainment, Culture & Dining 

Bay Area Jewish Life Resource- Kosher Restaurants

Description: Hungry? That chicken and cheese chalupa nosh a non-starter? Check out this list of Kosher-certified and supervised restaurants. Note- direct link does not work- navigate via main Resource site.
Northern California Board of Rabbis- SF Synagogue Directory

Description: Looking for a synagogue? The Board of Rabbis has put together this list of congregations throughout the city. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, LGBT-friendly- it's all here.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Description: For more than 20 years each July & August, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has been pioneering new films by Jewish filmmakers both prominent and obscure. The Festival is always looking for volunteers, which could mean free movies for you.
The Judah L. Magnes Museum

Description: "Founded in 1962, The Judah L. Magnes Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits art and artifacts reflecting the diversity and complexity of the Jewish experience throughout history. We promote understanding by fostering dialogue and exploring links between Jewish and other cultures."


Jewish Charities, Relief, & Volunteer Organizations

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

Description: The organization famous for planting trees in Israel, having planted more than 240 million trees since 1901. In addition, the JNF also works to provide education and security, promote research and development, and much more.
Magen David Adom

Description: "Israel's only official emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service since 1956." MADA, as it's commonly known, offers a unique volunteer program recruiting students to serve on ambulance crews- for more information click here.
New Israel Fund

Description: "The New Israel Fund (NIF) works to strengthen Israel's democracy and to promote freedom, justice and equality for all Israel's citizens. For nearly twenty-five years, NIF has been a leader in building a just and strong Israel, believing that Israel's strength depends as much on its commitment to democratic principles as on its ability to defend itself against physical and military threats."

Description: "ZAKA, which was founded in 1995, is an acronym for Zihui Korbanot Ason, Hebrew for Identification of Disaster Victims. Its volunteers, who are easily identifiable by their bright yellow vests, are often the first rescue workers to appear at the scene of a terrorist bombing or shooting -- and the last to leave."


Jewish / Israeli Media


Description: One of Israel's largest daily newspapers, publishing both in Hebrew and English. Ha'aretz is often compared to the New York Times.

Description: Billing itself as 'Israel's Daily Online News Magazine,' IsraelInsider is the news counterpart to Israel 21c. The site provides detailed information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a map of every security incident in Israel, updated daily.
J Magazine

Description: Formerly the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, the J is the official media voice of the Bay Area Jewish community. One of the oldest Jewish publications in America at more than 100 years.
The Jerusalem Post

Description: Israel's oldest English-language daily newspaper, the Post began operating in 1932 as the Palestine Post, and continues to this day.

Description: "Jewsweek Magazine is the "here and now" Webzine for Jews in their 20's, 30's, and 40's. We've listened to your thoughts and comments and created an information source that offers the knowledge you've asked for with the intelligence you require."
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

Description: The JTA could rightly be called the Jewish version of the Associated Press. Beginning shortly before the end of World War I, the JTA has correspondents in more than 30 cities around the world, reporting up-to-the-minute news and analysis specifically of interest the world Jewish community.

Description: One of Israel's largest strictly Hebrew-language daily newspapers, Maariv does operate a small English-language site.