Jewish Coalition for Literacy


Founded in 2004, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) is an award-winning project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, partnering with seven New Haven public schools.


The JCL is a nondenominational program that recruits, trains, places, and supports volunteer reading partners in our local public schools, meeting one-to-one with children to share the pleasures of reading and conversation while enjoying learning in a relaxed, nurturing environment. Students benefit from the interaction with a caring adult. With JCL, we learn together. No previous experience needed.


For more information, contact Scott Cohen at (203) 387-2424 x203 or

Upcoming Events:

JCL Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Wednesday, May 13 | 9:30 AM

Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Building


Please join us as we celebrate our volunteers, and welcome potential new reader partners. It only takes one hour a week to bring great joy to the New Haven area inner-city school children. Enjoy a delicious brunch, followed by a visit from Tish Rabe, whose extraordinary career writing children’s books has included writing for “The Cat in The Hat” series.


RSVP Required

JCL in the Media

Former JCL Coordinator, Brenda Brenner, on a special Literacy Heroes edition of the New Haven Independent's Chai Haven

Former JCL Coordinator, Brenda Brenner, with Reading Mentors Ralph Stern, Arla Rosmarin and Maddy Tannenbaum, on WTNH News Channel 8's Connecticut Families with Sarah Cody.