Jclickct.org – a new resource for Jewish newcomers to the Greater New Haven area – is now live. Our goal is to welcome newcomers and make their transition to New Haven seamless and more enjoyable by providing an online gateway to Jewish resources and a network of ambassadors to welcome them more personally. Jclick is also a great way to rediscover the richness and diversity that Jewish New Haven has to offer as you move through various life stages.
STARTED BY 5 RELATIVE NEWCOMERS
We were five strangers, all relative newcomers to the area who met through Yesod, a National Jewish leadership program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. As we shared our relocation stories, we realized that we all experienced a variety of challenges connecting with the Jewish community and navigating local resources. We decided to band together to build jclick, with the goal of supporting newcomers and strengthening the Jewish community in Greater New Haven.
LOCAL AMBASSADORS PROVIDE A WARM WELCOME
Ambassadors are featured on the website with key information that offers newcomers common ground, like hobbies, life stage, or Jewish affiliation. Visitors to the site may select an ambassador to get in touch with based on shared interests or other connecting factors. We believe there is nothing like making a personal connection to help someone feel welcome.
RESOURCE LIST AND BLOG FOR ALL THINGS JEWISH
The site also features a comprehensive list of area resources. From Israeli dance and musical groups to where to find a kosher babka, hopefully this list will help people get to know their neighborhood. Through the jclick blog, we will also find out about some of our ambassadors’ favorite local Jewish activities and businesses.
JUST BECAME A PARENT? RECENTLY RETIRED?
Although originally conceived as a resource for newcomers, jclick can also help people rediscover what’s available now that they may have reached a new milestone. Retired and have more time to explore? Need to figure out about local preschools? The jclick resource list and ambassadors may be able to help.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become an ambassador, have a resource for us to add or have any thoughts to share. Jclick was conceived and launched by working nights, weekends, between other volunteer activities, and when our children were napping. We are thankful for the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven for partnering with us on this effort.