Kesher - a Jewish Federation and synagogue collaboration, began in 2014 to foster increased cohesiveness through the greater New Haven Jewish community.  Kesher co-chairs, Deb Gaudette and Eric Gallant work closely with congregations.  Since its inception, Kesher has offered engagement workshops, increased community communication and is currently working on first collaborative community-wide celebration of Israel; 
IsraelFest which will be held at the JCC on Sunday, June 5, 2016 

With, food, art, dance, music, educational booths & more!
Featuring premier Israeli band performing fusion Middle East blues, featuring lead singer and collaborator with The Idan Raichel Project, Ravid Kahalani.



•    Synagogue Initiative for funding Synagogue programs open to the community (up to $500 per synagogue) 

•    Jewish Cemetery Association – group maintenance and project coordination

•    PJ Library subscriptions-ages 6 months -8 years. Free, high-quality Jewish books and music mailed monthly to your home 

•    Jewish Scholarship Initiative – scholarships for synagogue schools, local day schools, Jewish summer camps and pre-schools

•    Scholarships for and funding for teen March of the Living program to Poland and Israel

•    Birthright Israel trips available at no cost to families; MASA long term young adult programs

•    Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) – Interfaith collaboration, social justice, government relations, Israel advocacy

•    Women of Vision Grants-small grants for programs and projects for and concerning women

•    Create a Jewish Legacy New Haven-Partnership with agencies and synagogues to assist in creating successful, long-term endowment campaigns. Includes training
     and incentive grants

•    Professional investment & management of synagogue endowments & resource for planned giving

•    Community grant program awarded $1million in grants to our local Jewish agencies and synagogues

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, like Federations across North America, has long served as a safety net for the Jewish community  - here and around the world. Federation, or the UJA as it was originally called, was created to carry out the age old promise that “All Jews are Responsible for One Another.”

Locally, our community’s Annual Campaign provides services thousands of people of all backgrounds including day schools,camping, childcare, scholarships, a Jewish educator for children with special needs, Holocaust education in public schools, adult and teen education, exchange programs with Israel, a food pantry, affordable housing and services for the frail and elderly, a literacy program and food program in New Haven Public Schools, counseling services and many more educational and social service programs.

Overseas, our community’s Annual Campaign supports our international partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel (“JAFI”) and the Joint Distribution Committee (“JDC”) . These partners offer social service and educational programs for Jews in need overseas and for immigrant and other vulnerable populations in Israel, the former Soviet Union, Balkans, Greece, North Africa, Middle East, India and Latin America.

Info: Stacey Battat, Liaison, Federation/Synagogue Collaboration of GNH
(203) 915-5208  I