The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco is among the 20 largest federations in the United States. Having grown out of Jewish communal fundraising efforts established in the early 20th century, the Federation's work is guided by the Jewish values of tzedakah (charitable giving), kehilla (community) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). It aims to foster community among Bay Area Jews, raise funds to support the community's organizations and initiatives, and mobilize to address issues facing the Jewish community locally and internationally.
Jennifer Gorovitz serves as the CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. The first woman to lead a major federation, Gorovitz was called a "communal pioneer" by the Forward and was included in the 2010 Forward 50. Before her appointment as CEO, she spent five years at the Federation in other roles, including acting chief executive officer and chief of staff. Gorovitz graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law until 2004, when she gave up her practice to become professionally involved with the Jewish community. She is a member of a number of boards, including the advisory board of the Stanford Taube Center for Jewish Studies and the Northern California Planned Giving Council.