The Jewish Federation and the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven have launched the COVID-19 Maimonides Response Fund to support the immediate needs of those most vulnerable.
Monies from this fund will be deployed in two ways:
Emergency grants to our Jewish agencies and synagogues to allow them to meet increased and immediate community needs, such as food insecurity, unemployment, and mental health support. To apply for an agency or synagogue grant click here.
Direct assistance to individuals, families, and households in need. Requests for individuals can be made by a rabbi or agency head to the fund, on behalf of the person in need.
In the past, these monies have been distributed to assist with rent, medical bills, and emergent needs related to unemployment, health, and food insecurity. The Rabbi or agency head should contact the Jewish Foundation for more information.
As of January 28, 2021, this fund has already provided over $538,290 in emergency grants to our synagogues (to assist individuals and families to pay for food, rent, utilities, and other expenses related to job loss), Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (for food assistance, mental health, and social services), to the Towers at Tower Lane (for food for residents in need, personal protective equipment, and for iPads to assist with telehealth and virtual family “visits”), to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven (to assist community members in need), to Ezra Academy and Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy (for the PPE that will be required for these schools to open this fall), and to JCARR (for special support for unemployed refugee families).
To apply for an agency or synagogue grant click here.
Community Security Grants
These monies are available thanks to the Arthur Eder Family Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven and are made in memory of Arthur and Yvette Eder. Rolling Applications, deadline August 3.
The Talmud Torah Meyuchad grant provides supplemental financial assistance to supplementary religious school programs serving children with individualized learning and special needs. The grant is designed to serve as the community’s contribution toward supporting these services and is to be part of a total financial and service support system partnership among schools, synagogues, parents/families and the community. The grant is to be used to partially support the added services, staffing or materials that will enhance student’s ability to benefit from the religious school program.
Grants to benefit programs and projects for Jewish elderly residing in greater New Haven. In 2020, $130,000 in grants were awarded to Temple Beth Tikvah, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, and the Towers at Tower Lane. 2021 applications are due May 21, 2021.
Jewish Foundation Professional Development Grants for Jewish Educators
Thanks to the Judith A. Kaye Fund for Teachers in Jewish Education and the Community Education Funds, the Jewish Foundation is thrilled to offer professional development grants for Jewish educators. These grants will help ensure that classroom educators in local Jewish schools have the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences in order to develop their teaching skills, and will help local Jewish organizations to provide educational opportunities to instructors and the community.
Applicants must be either 1. classroom educators employed in Jewish education in a local Jewish school or synagogue and/or 2. A local Jewish school or synagogue . Eligible programs must be hosted by a recognized Jewish institution or reputable educational institution. Application deadline is September 20, 2021.
Women of Vision Society Grant
The Jewish Foundation’s Women of Vision Society has been helping women and girls in the Greater New Haven area and Israel for over 20 years. This endowment, created by 100 founding members in our community, has tackled issues from domestic violence and health to acculturation and spirituality. The endowment has more than doubled its membership and giving since its creation. Since its inception, Women of Vision has disbursed over $180,000 to help seed and sustain critical programming and services for women and girls. Application deadline is Friday, May 28, 2021.
Grant awards typically range between $500 and $3000 for qualifying programs.