Amy G. Rashba, LCSW, has been appointed CEO of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven.
After months of careful planning, two highly regarded private Jewish schools in Stamford have announced their merger. The Boards of Trustees of Bi-Cultural Day School, a national pre-K through grade 8 Blue Ribbon School, and the acclaimed Jewish High School of Connecticut, recently joined forces to create one comprehensive academic institution that will provide students with a unique continuum of education.
The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center of the JCC of Greater New Haven welcomes Lisa Bickford as its new Educational Director. Bickford will co-direct the Center with Lynn Bullard, who will continue serving as its Administrative Director.
In our ever-evolving, tech-driven, multitasking lives, the Jewish Shabbat offers us moments and rituals to help us live more in the moment. The transition of elevating the mundane to the sacred allows us to infuse our lives with practices that are universal tools for being human.
In April, members of our local Jewish Teen Education (JTE) group participated in the March of the Living, where they journeyed to Poland to explore the remnants of the Holocaust, visit concentration camp sites and then traveled to Israel for Israeli Independence Day. Here, two students discuss what they learned and how this trip changed them.
Three Jewish High School of Connecticut students, Natalie Shclover, Samuel Terr, and Matt Zweibel, all of Stamford, will be attending UConn. Senior Class President Natalie Shclover has been accepted into the school’s Honors Program.
The Tillie L. and Albert B. Friedman Fund for Jewish Education in honor of Sophia, Aaron and Benjamin Bruce: Harriet Friedman‘s primary motivation behind setting up this fund was to honor her parents “in a most meaningful way.”
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) recently released its groundbreaking surveys of the attitudes of American and Israeli Jews. Many of the identical questions are used in both surveys, allowing a basis for comparison.
As one of our many community service projects this past year, a group of 12 volunteers – BEKI USY and Kadima members and parents – efficiently packed several hundred bags of food with 10 food items per bag, for distribution at several local schools.
For centuries, Jewish communities used the head of a fish as a part of their Jewish New Year meal. It expresses the hope to be a head, not a tail, in society.
This year’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade, held on June 3, was by all accounts the largest and most spirited ever seen in New York City. And it’s no wonder: The theme of the parade was the 70th birthday of the Jewish state!
In May, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Senate Bill 452, which adds Holocaust and genocide education and awareness to the required courses of study for public schools. The bill also requires all local and regional boards of education to include this topic in their social studies curriculum beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Terrorism in Israel can occur at any time, but in some locations is a daily threat. Victims live with loss of dear ones, severe injuries, emotional trauma, and property damage. While Israel’s National Insurance Institute provides significant services to victims, these services often don’t fully meet each victim’s needs.
The IRA Charitable Rollover creates an opportunity for donors to establish an endowment or make an outright charitable gift to a charitable organization. Your rollover can be directed for a capital campaign gift, current needs, or restricted for endowment purposes. Your gift can be earmarked for your synagogue, a local Jewish agency, Jewish education, or any program or organization that is important to you.
As we celebrate the New Year and usher in 5779, this also marks a time of new beginnings with Dena Schulman-Green serving as the Jewish Federation Campaign Chair, and Dana Schwartz and Jessica Halprin named as Co-Chairs of Women’s Philanthropy.
The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven is pleased to offer college scholarships made possible by generous donors who have established scholarship funds. The scholarships may each have different criteria, but they all share the same goal of encouraging students to pursue their dreams by pursuing education at an institution of higher learning.
A wish list of local community grant needs is featured on the Jewish Foundation’s website. Community members can access the list by going to jfgnh.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/grant.
This spring, the Jewish Foundation, in partnership with Amplifier Giving, the National Network of Giving Circles, ran a Pop-Up Giving Circle for JTE Students.
Bring on the (kosher) bug juice and light the Havdalah campfire! The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven offers grants and scholarships through their One Happy Camper Program (OHC).
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven would like to thank all of the generous sponsors, supporters and attendees for helping make their 2018 Spring Celebration honoring Joe Adler a success!
The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) will honor its volunteer reading partners on Wednesday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m., in the JCC’s auditorium in Woodbridge. The event is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be donated by Abel Caterers.
May 9 marks the most important holiday for people from the former Soviet Union - Victory Day over Nazi Germany. Every family from the former Soviet Union knows about the war, and not just from other people’s books and stories. World War II intimately affected everyone in the Soviet Union, whose collective casualties during the war exceeded 25 million.
Gladys Lipkin, of Woodbridge, recently celebrated her 100th birthday with four generations of her family. A resident of Coachman Square, she also received a certificate from the community for her five years of perfect attendance at Shabbat services.
The Jewish Federation, Foundation, and JCC will sponsor the New England premiere of “The Merchant of Venice” at the 2018 International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
Music & More Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek’s annual outdoor free concert and picnic will be held rain or shine, Sunday, June 24, at 5 p.m. at CBSRZ, 55 E. Kings Hwy., Chester. Bring blankets and chairs. This year, the new CBSRZ house band, The Cluppin Spielers, will perform. Grilled summer foods will be available for purchase with proceeds to local charities. For more information, call (860) 526-8920.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce that Stacey Trachten is the newest recipient of the prestigious Kipnis- Wilson/Friedland Award which will be presented at the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC), January 13-15, 2019, in Florida.
WOODBRIDGE – More than 1,000 people filled the JCC of Greater New Haven’s beautifully renovated building on Sunday, March 18, to celebrate the facility’s grand re-opening at the Amity Road campus.
We met so many new and incredible people. It was the best year of our lives so far. The only thing we have to do is to say a huge “toda”- thank you! Toda to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven for being our home, for supporting us and caring about Israel.
Temple Beth David, located at 3 Main Street in Cheshire, is thrilled to announce their 50th anniversary year when they will honor the past and celebrate the future. All are welcome to participate.