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, Emily Kurz at (203) 387-2424 x306 or

Upcoming Events:

JCL Orientation & Information Session
Tuesday, September 24 | 9:30 AM | JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge


Become a JCL Reading Partner! Join this nondenominational program for just one hour a week and improve a child's chance of academic success. This program is for new AND returning reading partners. All are welcome. Refreshments served. No prior experience required. 

RSVP REQUESTED: or call Emily Kurz at (203) 387-2424 x306.

JCL in the Media

Former JCL Coordinator, Brenda Brenner, on a special Literacy Heroes edition of the New Haven Independent's Chai Haven

Former JCL Coordinator, Brenda Brenner, with Reading Mentors Ralph Stern, Arla Rosmarin and Maddy Tannenbaum, on WTNH News Channel 8's Connecticut Families with Sarah Cody.