By Amy Holtz
Director of Development, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is committed to lead, build, strengthen and renew our dynamic local Jewish community while simultaneously providing support and care for Jews in Israel and throughout the world. Federation touches lives in multiple ways. Supporting local agencies and programs is central to our mission.
Tier 1 agencies, which include Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, Tower One/Tower East, Camp Laurelwood, Ezra Academy, and Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, are generously supported by your campaign dollars and figure prominently in the communal landscape. Perhaps less known, Tier 2 agencies provide critical programs that enhance our Jewish community and also depend upon annual campaign contributions.
BBYO Connecticut Valley Region
BBYO is an international Jewish teen movement with 45,000 Jewish teens participating in North America, with more than 700 participants in Connecticut and 180 in the Greater New Haven chapters. Offering a myriad of experiences that build leadership skills and develop powerful relationships, BBYO helps Jewish teens gain a sense of their Jewish identity.
Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE) & Jewish High School of Connecticut
Hebrew High School of New England is a community of young men and women from across the Jewish denominational spectrum; one of the only Modern Orthodox co-ed secondary Jewish Day Schools between New York and Boston. Students are prepared academically and spiritually, working together to develop knowledge, leadership and core values.
The Jewish High School of Connecticut is an independent, pluralistic Jewish high school offering a comprehensive curriculum in general and Jewish studies, athletics and the arts using collaborative efforts in a supportive learning environment.
As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, inspiring them to direct their own path. These college students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. Local Hillel programs, Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut and Yale University, each benefits from Jewish Federation support. The needs are many, including programming assistance, campus High Holiday services and scholarship dollars for immersion experiences to Israel or Poland.
Securing the Past and Supporting Community
The Jewish Cemetery Association maintains several local Jewish cemeteries that are in need of capital repairs and grave markers.
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven is dedicated to collecting and preserving documents, photographs and memorabilia, and creating exhibitions, seminars and educational programs.
The New Haven Eruv is an urban area enclosed by a wire boundary that symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath.
Our wise rabbinic sage Hillel the Elder said “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” The Greater New Haven Jewish community is special because of the many ways — seen and unseen — that community needs are met, lives are strengthened and supported and Jewish, continuity is affirmed. We can only promise a bright future with your help. Our annual campaign ends July 31 — just days away, and our goal is unmet. If you have not yet had the opportunity to make your gift, or wish to increase the pledge you have already committed to, please contact me at (203) 387-2424 x254 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because it’s always something, that’s why there’s Jewish Federation.