Community Impact Grants 2022-23


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has instituted a new impact grants process that aligns with the 2020 community strategic plan. Through our relationships with hundreds of donors, the Federation raises the funds to meet the critical needs of our community.  The grant process enables the Federation to invest in new projects, programs, and initiatives from agencies, synagogues, Jewish organziaitons, and individuals to strengthen our Jewish community by addressing the following community key priorities:


  • Jewish Education

  • Caring for the Vulnerable

  • Enagagement Opportunities


The goals of this new grant-based funding process are to:


  • Unite our Jewish community, embracing diversity and strengthening relationships through shared values and goals.

  • Empower Jewish journeys through learning and immersive experiences that create meaningful moments in Jewish life.

  • Maximize impact by building bridges amongst the entire community to foster a robust Jewish community and encouraging collaboration between Jewish organizations to maximize resources.

  • Advocate as a voice of the collective Jewish community.

  • Enhance the quality of life in Greater New Haven by engaging unaffiliated members of our community to ensure Jewish continuity.

  • Support creative and impactful community programs that nurture and advance Jewish values.


Review our Grant Making Guidelines for 2022-23


Notes from our Impact Grant Informational Meeting (1/20/2022)


Or watch a recording of the Informational Meeting, below.



Jan. 14, 2022

Grant proposal submission period opens

Jan. 20, 2022

Community Informational Meeting for all questions

Feb. 10, 2022

Grant proposal submission period closes

Feb. 15, 2022

Committee to review and confirm applications

Feb. 21, 2022

Applicants to be notified

May 2022

Check-in with a Grants Committee Task Force member to discuss progress

Aug. 19, 2022

Midyear report due

Oct/Nov, 2022

Check-in with a Grants Committee Task Force member to discuss progress

Jan. 10, 2023

Final report due


The Jewish Federation is working with our partners to strengthen the impact across Greater New Haven. The goal is to build sustainable collaborative programs to educate, engage, and expand our Jewish community. 


The 2022 Impact Grants have been awarded to the following: 


Jewish Families Gather at Iconic Places on the Shoreline 

Camp Laurelwood in collaboration with Temple Beth Tikvah and PJ Library will provide Jewish programming at interesting local venues on the Shoreline to engage all ages and stages. 


Greater New Haven Community Introduction to Judaism 

Congregation Mishkan Israel with the local Board of Rabbis and Cantors to establish a collective adult learning program. 


Learning Garden at The Towers at Tower Lane 

The Towers will collaborate with Greater New Haven to institute a neighborhood revitalization food sustainability and environmental program. This project will take an unusable piece of land and turn it into something beautiful, functional and enjoyable for all to learn and grow.


Uniper Technology to Reduce Isolation for Holocaust Survivors 

Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven in partnership with the Hartford Jewish community will institute a communication program for home-bound elderly to ensure connection. 



Planning and Allocations Committee 
Gerry Barker 
Jay Dworkin 
Lauren Faith Miller 
Cindy Gerber 
David Hass 
Chesky Holtzberg
Jeffrey Hoos 
Sami Merit 
Norman Ravski 
Betsy Schulman 
Stacey Trachten 

Impact Grant Task Force 
Linda Caplan 
Dena Schulman Green 
David Hass
Chesky Holtzberg
Sami Merit 
Stacey Perkins 
Norman Ravski