“We unite our diverse Jewish community, inspiring each person’s actions to strengthen Jewish life in Greater New Haven and around the world.”


The Jewish Federation is the convener and planner for the Jewish community, mobilizing resources at times of need and serving as the voice for our community in the public sphere. Through the Annual Campaign, the Jewish Federation sustains our community year after year.


Our dynamic ecosystem of schools, social services agencies, camps, synagogues and supporting organizations, relies on our ability to see the big picture, facilitate collaboration, and advocate for the needs of the community as a whole. No single agency can do that alone.


With the help of our lay leaders, professionals, and subject-matter experts, we evaluate and collaborate to identify where needs are greatest. When we invest, we always have measurable outcomes and goals in mind. 










Strengthening Jewish Life. We support Jewish experiences that inspire a love of Jewish life, learning, and community. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven strives to engage everyone. Shalom Baby welcomes newborns and their parents to our community. PJ Library has over 750 local children receiving free Jewish books every month. Young family programs enjoy our programs like Holidays Our Way while community events such as Taste of Limmud build and engage the Jewish community. These important opportunities connect people in our community to Jewish life and to one another helping to create and foster a vibrant New Haven Jewish foundation.

COVID-19 response. When the pandemic hit we rallied, innovated, and reached out. Our professional team pivoted and launched a complete repertoire of online programs and events. We mobilized an army of staff and volunteers to reach out to the 10,000 households in our database to offer a kind word and to support community members. The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation united to create the COVID-19 / Maimonides Response Fund, which provided immediate emergency grants to Jewish Family Service and The Towers at Tower Lane. The Jewish Community Center may have temporarily closed, but the Jewish Federation continued to respond to our community’s needs.

Advocating with one voice. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is engaged at the local, state, and national levels, representing the Jewish community’s interests and concerns to public officials and agencies, the media, and the community at large. Through our Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Federations Association of Connecticut (JFACT), and the National Jewish Council for Public Affairs, we protect and defend our Jewish values, whether a violation impacts our community or neighboring communities.  

Supporting Israel and Jews around the world. The Jewish Federation is part of a national and global network that creates a safety net for Jews around the world. While most of our resources are invested in our local community, a portion of our fundrising supports people we may never know or see. It reignites Jewish life in the Former Soviet Union, connecting children and young adults with their Jewish heritage.We help to fund food, medicine, and company for the frail home-bound. The Federation protects a synagogue in Halle Germany from a mass shooting attempt during the High Holidays. It gives a chance in life to Israeli girls from underprivileged backgrounds. Kol Israel Arevim Zeh L’zeh—all Jews are responsible for one another.














“I can’t believe I’m here.”

At twenty-one, Anna had never thought much about being Jewish, until she embarked on a Federation-supported Birthright-Israel trip. Standing at the Kotel. Her palm against the ancient stone. People all around praying. Hugging. Crying. Anna said tears were running down her face as she joined her new “family” in the Shabbat service, feeling truly connected to Judaism for the first time.





“You helped me, now I can help others.”

Finish high school. Join the IDF. Get a degree. Not easy for someone from Avi’s rough Galilee neighborhood. But with the help of a Federation-supported, community-building program, Avi’s now not only a successful master’s student – he’s working with at-risk kids at his old school. He’s helping them develop the skills they need to live a better future. For themselves and Israel.





“Let me tell you my story.”

Sophie survived the terrors of the Holocaust. But decades later, the loneliness and pain of feeling forgotten were too terrible to endure. Then Rina, a volunteer from Federation-funded Jewish Family Services, started visiting her. And Sophie began sharing her story. Today, Sophie says she’s not lonely on the days Rina visits and she no longer feels forgotten knowing her story will live on.