How Your Campaign Donations are Powering the Community

Amy Holtz, Chief Development Officer

The Jewish Federation annual campaign is the backbone of our community; it is here in “normal” times and during a crisis such as a global pandemic (COVID-19), hurricane relief, anti-Semitic incidents and other emergency efforts. We can only help through your support of the annual campaign. The 2020 campaign is “Powered by You” and you power thousands of impactful Jewish moments. You power the transformation of Jewish lives, the rebuilding of Jewish communities and a steadfast commitment to our shared future. You power moments that engage all generations in Jewish life all year long—whether it’s a child receiving their PJ Library book or a college student experiencing Shabbat at a college Hillel. You can power life-changing moments for less fortunate members of our extended Jewish family throughout the year. From food to shelter to medical aid to the means to live with simple human dignity, you power sustenance, compassion, possibility and the warmth of human kindness. You power moments of critical relief for vulnerable elderly populations.

The truth is that in one year, your gift powers so many transformative moments. Your contribution to the annual campaign enables us to meet the needs of people in all situations, locally and around the world. Help us power even more with your gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. If you have not made your 2020 gift yet (our campaign closes July 31st), you can visit to give today. Our donors have been keeping busy participating in virtual programming. Our King David Society (KDS) members gathered, via Zoom, with over 1,000 KDS members from across the United States to enjoy an interview with actor Michael Douglas, hosted by the UJA Federation of New York. Douglas is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, producer, philanthropist, United Nations Messenger of Peace, winner of the Genesis Prize and award-winning star of the Netflix series The Kominsky Method. He spoke about his life, career, Jewish journey, passion for his Jewish heritage and his work promoting inclusivity for Jews of all backgrounds.

Women’s Philanthropy Lions have been participating in weekly national programs with Lions around the country. This series has included a wide array of topics and has had over 1,000 women on each Zoom call. The topics covered include Humanitarian Crisis of “Biblical” Proportion, A Behindthe- Scenes Look at COVID-19, How Do We Get Our Groceries and Women Leadership in Unsettled Times. On July 1, all donors to the Women’s Philanthropy annual campaign were invited to enjoy a special program about the life and legacy of Judith Leiber through the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. A unique curator led a virtual tour of Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman. The exhibition honors the Holocaust survivor-turned-mega- designer’s life, work and legacy; it features photographs of Leiber alongside a comprehensive selection of her bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses. It was just like being there in person.

Don’t let the inability to gather in person right now be a deterrent to engaging with our community. Watch for details of upcoming events and join us.

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