Ways to Support the Greater New Haven Jewish Community


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven uses the power of the collective to help Jews in need and to build vibrant Jewish communities in Greater New Haven, Israel and in 70 countries throughout the world.


With your generous support, we ensure that there is quality Jewish education for our community’s children, engaging programs for young Jewish adults, connections to services that allow our community’s senior adults to maintain their independence and their Jewish identity and the infrastructure to help Jews in times of crisis.


There are many ways you can help. Click the links below to learn more about each, or contact our Development team to have a conversation about the philanthropic opportunities available to you.

  • Annual Campaign for Community Needs

    Make a gift that makes a difference. Your generous support will help feed hungry families, build housing for adults with disabilities, send disadvantaged kids to summer camp and so much more.

  • Israel Emergency Fund

    The Greater New Haven Jewish Federation has established the Israel Emergency Fund following unprovoked, multi-front attacks on Israel during Shabbat and the Sukkot/Simchat Torah holiday. Federation is in close contact with our overseas partners and we anticipate an unprecedented need for cash to assist victims of terror and their families.

Join a Giving Society


More than a number, with the contribution you make to Federation you can enter into a Society that denotes your commitment to Jewish philanthropy and honors that commitment with access to exclusive speaker events and educational opportunities with like-minded members of the community.


  • JEWEL Society

    With gifts to PJ Library, JEWEL Society members take the lead in ensuring a vibrant Jewish community in Greater New Haven for generations to come. A gift to PJ Library allows us to reach the families of more than 800 children from birth to 8 years old, enriching their lives with Jewish books, local family programming and outreach.

  • Sabra Society

    Women who give a gift of $365 (a dollar a day) to the Annual Campaign, up to $1,799 annually, are members of our Sabra Society. The Sabra is a symbol of the native Israeli – tough on the outside and sweet on the inside.

  • Pomegranate Society

    The Pomegranate honors all women who make a personal gift of $1,800-$4,999 to the Annual Campaign. These women can show their commitment with a sterling silver Pomegranate pin.

  • Lion of Judah

    A gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign earns the distinction of the Lion of Judah. The Lion of Judah pin is worn by 17,500 women worldwide, symbolizing dedication to the Jewish community.

Designate Your Gift to Specific Programs


We have a number of programs which you can fund directly, either as a direct donor or as a sponsor. Learn more about these opportunities by following the links below.

  • Shalom Baby

    Shalom Baby relies on your support to provide families with gift bags of helpful information, resources, and welcome gifts from area synagogues, agencies, and generous sponsors from the community.

  • PJ Library

    Your donation provides families the opportunity to deepen their connection to Jewish values and traditions. Through your gift, children grow up celebrating their heritage with every turn of a page.

  • Dignity Grows

    Dignity Grows empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for every body that needs them, removing obstacles to better self-esteem and health each and every month.

  • Jewish Coalition for Literacy

    The JCL 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 in a nurturing environment.

  • Jewish Cemetery Association

    The Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven (JCAGNH) was formed in 2004 to address the needs of local cemeteries that were suffering from neglect. Since its founding, the Association has made great strides in improving and securing almost 40 cemeteries under its care.

Support the JCC


The J is far beyond a workout facility. It’s a place to find your passion and learn new skills. It’s a caring community that inspires values. It’s a place to meet new friends and set your family on a path to wellness. It’s your second home. It’s the J. Show your support for the J through one of the giving options below.

  • JCC General Fund

    The J is far beyond a workout facility. It’s a place to find your passion and learn new skills. It’s a caring community that inspires values. It’s a place to meet new friends and set your family on a path to wellness. It’s your second home. It’s the J.

  • Building Our Future

    Our community building means so much to so many who believe it should be maintained, improved, and cherished for generations to come. Become part of this effort. Your gift to the Building Our Future Campaign will help preserve this important resource for our community.

  • JCC Security Fund

    The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has designated a fund towards the security of our community building. If you would like to join in this effort, the Security Fund will ensure that the security needs of the community are always met.

  • Barry Vine Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund

    For Barry Vine, the JCC Camp was one of the most formative experiences of his life, and it only happened because of the generosity of people like you. He established our Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund eight years ago inspired by the hope that other children can benefit, as he did, from summer camp at the JCC.

  • Make a Splash

    The Marcia and Stanley F. Reiter Swimming pool at the JCC of Greater New Haven is a special place for so many in our community. And now, we've established a donor wall at the pool to recognize those of you who have made it possible. Come join us and "Make a Splash!". Help sustain this special place that means so much to so many in our community.

Plan for the Future of Our Jewish Community


When you make a current gift or leave a bequest to the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, you not only benefit our community, but you can also support the causes that are important to you.  You can designate that your gift be used to provide unrestricted funds to help meet community needs now and in the future or to endow a permanent fund to aid identified programs, your synagogue, agencies, organizations, or initiatives (Jewish or not Jewish, in Greater New Haven, Israel or beyond) that are of particular interest to you and your family.


  • Endowments

    With over 680 funds equaling over $50 million in investments, The Jewish Foundation of Greater New haven can help you explore any number of charitable opportunities that will work for you and your family.

  • Legacy Gifts

    Each of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, has the ability to leave a legacy. Legacy giving does not require great wealth, only great commitment. Every dollar makes a difference to the Jewish causes and organizations that you care about.

Become One of Our Corporate Partners


Align your brand with the most trusted community resource for health and wellness, youth and adult sports and recreation, cultural arts, and early childhood education. Your corporate sponsorship shines a spotlight on your business and puts you in the company of other leading companies throughout the Greater New Haven area.

Have Questions? Contact Us!


Whether you want more information about a specific fund/program you can support, or you want us to help build you a personalized giving plan, our Development team is here to work with you. Set up a conversation by contacting us below!