Jewish Coalition for Literacy


Founded in 2004, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) is an award-winning project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, partnering with seven New Haven public schools.

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 and conversation while enjoying learning in a relaxed, nurturing environment. Students benefit from the interaction with a caring adult, learning together. No previous experience needed.


For more information, contact JCL Coordinator, Brenda Brenner at (203) 387-2424 x308 or


Read to Kids

They can't wait!

JCL Partner Schools and Team Leaders:

  • Columbus Family Academy: Beth Kaufman, NormaJean Mitchell, Sally Mabry
  • Nathan Hale: Hedda Kopf, Jeanne Stewart
  • Davis: Ruth Sachs, Donna Hersh Madeline Tannenbaum
  • Barnard: Susan Epstein, Patricia Shure
  • Mauro-Sheridan: Nina Goodless-Sanchez, Shelly Greengarden
  • Edgewood School: Evelyn Krevolin, Marcie Naftolin, Marcia Witten
  • Brennan Rogers: Hyla Chasnoff, Kathy Patrikis