Building community has been at the heart of Jewish life for millennia. Fostering a strong community is how we survived throughout a perilous history … and how we will create our better future.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER NEW HAVEN
For decades, the Jewish Community Center has been a popular gathering place for Jews of all backgrounds and beliefs, and people of all ages. In 2011-12, this proud tradition continued as we discovered new ways to serve the New Haven Jewish community, including:
nHosting a tribute concert in honor of the music of Debbie Friedman on the occasion of her first Yahrtzeit.
nYom Hashoah and Yom HaZikaron programs conducted by local rabbis and members of the community.
nProviding free hot showers and wi-fi for people who lost electric power due to Tropical Storm Irene.
JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL
The JCRC advocates for Israel, immigration and healthcare reform throughout greater New Haven and the State. Our prominence in the general community gives us access to decision makers and media, and ensures that issues of importance to our community will be addressed.
JEWISH COALITION FOR LITERACY
Our Reading Partners encourage children to learn to love reading, language and stories. There are now 150 JCL volunteer reading tutors at seven local public schools.
THE JEWISH CEMETERY ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW HAVEN
The Association has developed a free, searchable data base of the locations of thousands of Jewish graves in New Haven County. The Association manages eight Jewish cemeteries that might otherwise not now be respectfully maintained.
THE WOMEN OF VISION SOCIETY
Makes grants which support speakers for Jewish women’s programming and projects of concern to the Jewish home and family. Since 1998 the Women of Vision Society, a program of the Jewish Foundation, has distributed over $110,000 in grants.
FEDERATION'S SHORELINE OFFICE
Now in its third year, the Federation’s Guilford office has continued to build a stronger Jewish community on the Shoreline and Lower Connecticut River Valley. Through a series of programs and events we strive to ensure that issues of importance to our community will be addressed. Examples include:
nPresentations by hot button political speakers Jonathan Schanzer and Jeff Jacoby
nA Lag B’Omer Celebration featuring the Israeli Music Troupe “Shir Ba Emek” from Afula
nWith Tower One/Tower East and Shoreline Hadassah, we helped create a Jewish Book Month on the Shoreline which hosted noted authors.