Emerging from the Pandemic

There is no doubt that spring is in the air! Along with the weather, we feel an additional spring in our step knowing that our vaccination numbers continue to rise. I want to thank all of our amazing staff and our lay leaders who continue to work tirelessly to safely bring our community back together in person. We have had a great group meeting every week since this pandemic began to guide our activities, and monitor the federal and state guidance in order to be able to provide services in the safest manner for our community. 

As we move forward, I am confident that we will be able to begin to relax our restrictions and work to bring back in-person activities and events so that we may once again come together. I am sure you all share my strong desire to be together with one another. It has been an incredibly challenging year for all of us and for the agencies in our Jewish community that have been challenged to do more with fewer resources. Even before the pandemic, I felt like I was hearing how our agencies were being asked to do more with less; that has only gotten more difficult now.

We have so many wonderful agencies and leaders who are doing incredible things for our community; they need all of our support. As we emerge from the pandemic and move toward the end of our Federation Annual Campaign, I humbly request that you all consider contributing what you can this year. If you gave already, please consider an additional contribution. If you haven’t made your pledge yet, please do so now. We do so much every year in this community, yet only a small percent make a contribution. I can only imagine the amazing things we could do as a community and for our community if everyone were to give a little. I am deeply honored to serve as the President of our Jewish Federation and am truly inspired by the amazing work being done throughout our community. 

If you have any ideas or thoughts on how we can build upon the great work in our community, please let me know. Feel free to email me anytime at sjfleischman@gmail.com.

All the best,

Dr. Steven Fleischman President, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

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