The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven impacts state-level legislation through our membership in the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT). Comprised of all Connecticut Jewish Federations, FACT is our government and community relations arm, and it lobbies for legislation that is of interest to Connecticut’s Jewish community. This important work is funded through your generous support of the Jewish Federation's Annual Campaign.
As the 2021 legislative session came to a close last evening, We are proud to share a list significant JFACT successes that will positively impact our daily lives - be it at synagogue, in school, at home or in the community.
Advocacy that resulted in funding for our local Jewish communities:
An ADDITIONAL $15 million will be made available for Houses of Worship and other threatened non-profits to increase their security measures.
Funding for Citizenship classes that our partners run across Connecticut was doubled from $50,000 each year to $100,000 each year.
$1 million in food Insecurity Grants to Food Pantries and Food Banks which will benefit several Jewish Family Services across the state.
Additional meaningful legislation:
Create a Civil Rights division within the Office of Attorney General
Create additional penalties for online harassment
State that racism is a public health crisis
JFACT Executive Director Michael Bloom continues to be honored by his appointment by Governor Lamont to sit on the Hate Crimes Advisory Council.
To learn more about the work of the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, visit www.jfact.org.