Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region

The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region is a philanthropic, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational, cultural, and social services and programs within the Jewish community locally and around the world.

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Address: 2130 21 Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Willie Recht
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-486-0906 x310
Fax: 916-441-1662
Founded more than 150 years ago by Jewish pioneers seeking peace and prosperity in a new land, the Jewish community of the Sacramento region has grown to more than 25,000 residents in a thirteen-county area. The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region was incorporated in 1948 to connect Jews locally and globally, nurture our values, enrich our traditions, and strengthen our community through education, social action, and philanthropy.

The Federation provides ways for individual Jews to participate in communal responsibility and contribute to the well-being of others. Surviving the fires and floods of a tumultuous pioneer past and the firebombings of three synagogues in 1999, we pushed forward in hopes of building a golden age for the Jews in Sacramento's Central Valley.

In 2009, after a long history with its Wyda Way property, the Federation moved its offices to Midtown Sacramento. In 2013, we reinvested the funds from the sale of the Wyda Way property and purchased a new, permanent home at 2130 21st St., Sacramento.

We look forward to a long and prosperous future with the entire community.
Federation is dedicated to making a difference in our local community. Through your generosity, we are able to fund Jewish education and literacy efforts; community outreach programs; projects that support Israel, including a new Sister City relationship with Sacramento; Jews with disabilities; and the Jewish Community Relations Council. In 2013, we reinstated Jewish Family Service, which provides a part-time community social worker, a kosher food pantry, deliver of holiday outreach baskets, and centralized senior programming. Plans for 2014 include facilitated support groups, customized community trainings, and short-term direct therapy. Additionally, Federation provides annual allocations to Shalom School, Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, and Hillel at Chico State University.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS: The Jewish Federation has been awarded limited grant funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of the West to provide Taxi, ParaTransit, or Regional Transit vouchers to Jewish seniors who are homebound or no longer able to drive. However, as the need of our seniors increase, the Federation will need additional funding to meet these needs.
  2. Funding: Program - LEISURE LEAGUE (Senior Programming): Federation offers two senior programs called Leisure League each month in Sacramento. Leisure League Luncheons offer lunch, entertainment, and fellowship for Sacramento Region seniors 55+. These events are offered at a discounted rate of $5 per person. However, many of our seniors are unable to cover even this minimal fee. Please help support the Federation to continue this program, and make sure that all seniors have he ability to attend and participate.
  3. Funding: Program - HOLIDAY OUTREACH BASKETS (Senior Programming): In partnership with community volunteers, Federation facilitates the delivery of holiday outreach baskets to homebound individuals during Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, and Passover. Combined, Federation delivers over 450 holiday bags throughout the region. Please consider supporting Federation and ensuring joyful holidays for our homebound seniors.
  4. Funding: Program - The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) - a division of the Federation - educates about and advocates on behalf of issues of vital importance to the Jewish community. The JCRC: - Educates and advocates on behalf of Israel and builds support for the Jewish State. - Fights anti-Semitism and informs the non-Jewish community about Jewish issues. - Supports Jewish students and faculty in their battle against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel propaganda on campuses. - Battles discrimination in all forms and builds relationships with the greater Sacramento community. - Represents the Sacramento Jewish community at civic and interfaith events. Please support the work of the JCRC and our community at large by making a gift to the Federation.
  5. Funding: Program - PJ (as in "pajamas") Library is a national Jewish literacy program funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and locally by The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. Children from six months through eight years of age are eligible to receive free Jewish books delivered monthly to their home. Here in the Sacramento area, more than 1,500 children have participated in PJ Library! PJ Library Sacramento is more than just books though. Throughout the year we gather for special programs where you and your kids can meet new friends, celebrate Jewish holidays and have fun! These events are open to all and are a great way to connect with other families.
The Federation is dedicated to inspiring community members to secure the financial and human resources necessary to achieve the mission of caring for those in need, without discrimination.