• TBD Teen Enjoys L’taken Experience

    At first, I was not sure if I wanted to join my temple on this trip. It was in the middle of midterms in my junior year and it was based solely on politics. What teenager actually considers getting involved in politics? Luckily, I have a super persuasive rabbi who taught me that “it’s not about learning history-it about making it,”

  • JCC Welcomes New Climbing Wall Staff

    The JCC welcomes Tanner Coway and Rachel Whitsild as its new climbing wall instructors. Both Coway and Whitsild will offer classes and instruction for members of all ages on the JCC’s much anticipated and very popular new climbing wall.

  • Let Current Challenges Serve as a Wake-Up Call

    As I write this column, I am flying back from a family vacation to Arizona. The week began with an appreciation of the wonders of nature as we visited the Grand Canyon. The American Southwest is an awesome and awe-inspiring space and one cannot help but be humbled by it.

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Jewish Education


 

  • TBD Teen Enjoys L’taken Experience

    At first, I was not sure if I wanted to join my temple on this trip. It was in the middle of midterms in my junior year and it was based solely on politics. What teenager actually considers getting involved in politics? Luckily, I have a super persuasive rabbi who taught me that “it’s not about learning history-it about making it,”

  • Hillel Corner

    Hillel Corner features our many area Hillels. If your program has something to share, we’d love to feature you. Please send your latest news to Shalom New Haven Editor Jeannette Brodeur at jbrodeur@jewishnewhaven.org.

  • 70 Surprising Facts About Israel

    As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we are delighted to share in the celebration by highlighting its important contributions to the world in technology, medicine, science, music, art and culture. Look for interesting stories about the State of Israel in each issue of Shalom New Haven in 2018. In this issue, we list 70 surprising facts about Israel:

 

 

Advocacy


 

  • JCARR Continues to Help

    JCARR’s Work with Refugees

    On Jan. 26, we celebrated the first-year anniversary of JCARR’s third refugee family. The family of five came from Syria and they have made great progress in creating a new life here. JCARR celebrates the accomplishments of all of our Syrian families.

  • Yale Honors Silk for Human Rights Advocacy

    Professor James J. Silk, center, with his son Jonah, wife Jean, and daughter Kira. Silk, 70, of New Haven, was honored recently as the first Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights at Yale Law School, where he teaches at the Allard K.

  • CMI Hosts Pride Shabbat Service

    The community is invited to attend a Pride Shabbat service at Congregation Mishkan Israel on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Oneg will precede services at 5:30 p.m. This Pride Shabbat will bring an LGBTQ perspective to the Friday evening Shabbat ritual and will celebrate the LGBTQ community.

 

 

Philanthropy & Leadership


 

  • Bruce Shares Israel Experience Thanks to Foundation

    Recognizing the impact of Israel travel/ experiences, the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven provides scholarships for both short-term (minimum of three-week program) and long-term organized Israel educational programs for Greater New Haven area youth, ages 14-19. For 2018 summer trips, applications are due by March 9. For 2018- 2019 gap or academic-year programs, applications are due May 4.

  • JFS to Honor Adler for Service, SOS Program

    Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFS) will honor Joe Adler for his decades of service to the community, and particularly for his work as a founder of and inspiration for the JFS Social Work Outreach Services Program (SOS) at the JFS Spring Celebration on Sunday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at the JCC.

  • Project H.O.P.E Delivers Passover Food for Needy Families

    On March 23, trucks will travel from New York to New Haven filled with Passover foods including matzo, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup mix, borscht with beets, canned vegetables, horseradish, applesauce, macaroons, grape juice and chocolate-covered marshmallows for this year’s Project H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Everywhere) program on Sunday, March 25, at Tower One/Tower East.

  • Jewish Foundation Highlights

    The Jewish Foundation’s one-year rate of return for the 2017 calendar year was 14.8 percent. In 2017, the Jewish Foundation granted $2.8 million in charitable distributions, of that, 73 percent was to local Jewish organizations and synagogues.

  • New Haven Takes Israel to Heart

    Women’s Philanthropy members Sami Merit and Jessica Lerner Halprin returned home inspired and energized after participating in the JFNA National Women’s Philanthropy Heart to Heart: A Women’s Journey to Israel trip in February.

  • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Honoring Alperin, Stanger

    The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven will honor two community leaders: Judy Alperin, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, and Lisa Stanger, Executive Director of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven

 

 

Community


 

  • See What’s New at JCC Day Camps This Year

    You won’t believe what’s happening at the JCC Day Camps! Don’t miss our Open House on April 8.

    Drive up to the 54-acre JCC campus and the offerings are nearly endless for four to fifteen-year-old campers.

  • The Towers Welcomes New President/CEO

    On Jan. 17, Gustave (Gus) Keach-Longo joined The Towers as President/CEO.

    From the beginning of his career at age 16 as a porter in a Connecticut nursing home, Keach-Longo has always enjoyed working with seniors.

  • Honorable Menschens

    Shalom New Haven seeks to recognize people in our community who give their time and talents to improve our community through their service. Who would you nominate for our Honorable Menschen? Let us know! Send your suggestions, stories and photos to Editor Jeannette Brodeur at jbrodeur@jewishnewhaven.org.

  • Or Shalom Celebrates ‘The Jazz Singer’

    The public is invited to celebrate the 90th birthday of a Jewish-American Classic, “The Jazz Singer” at Congregation Or Shalom’s Annual Landwirth Memorial Lecture on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at the synagogue, located at 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange.

  • Close to 400 Teens Attend Winter Kallah

    Over the weekend of Jan. 26- 28, close to 400 teens and staff from BBYO in the Connecticut Valley Region and New England Region came together in Hartford for Winter Kallah. On Saturday, an additional 300 community members, friends, and parents joined. Shabbat services included the a cappella group Six13 who helped us welcome a new Torah donated by Congregation Beth El in New London.

  • Celebrate Fun, Mystery for Passover with PJ Library Events

    What is Passover without some shenanigans (defined as: silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief)?

    Passover is a holiday that offers families and friends the opportunity to come together through food and an ancient story. Experiencing our five senses through storytelling, and creating new and fun customs to integrate modern literature and events is the essence of the Passover tradition.

  • Jewish Camp Works!

    Did you know that…

    •As adults, Jewish campers are 21 percent more likely to feel that being Jewish is very important.

    •As adults, Jewish campers are 26 percent more likely to be members of a synagogue.

  • FUN IS SACRED at Camp Gan Israel

    What makes Camp Gan Israel unique? At Gan Israel, fun is sacred. It’s what keeps our campers coming back, summer after summer. New programs include Bring the Hoopla, CGI Avalanche, and American Ninja Warrior Day.

  • Top Six Reasons to Attend Jewish Summer Camp

    Here are the top six reasons parents, bubbes and zaydes everywhere are sending their kids to Jewish camp:

    1. Experiences first, explanations later. Kids are able to ultimately and immediately contribute to their Jewish community at camp. At camp, they experience it (at meals, during Shabbat, on the ropes course, in the cabin - everywhere), and the explanations come later.

  • Camp Laurelwood Creates Life-Long Memories

    Founded in 1937 on 140 magnificent wooded acres, Camp Laurelwood in Madison is the home of life-long memories and friendships. Laurelwood campers develop selfconfidence, create lasting, meaningful friendships, master new skills and embrace Jewish values, all while having the absolute best time of their lives!

  • CBSRZ Hosts Shabbat Across America

    On Friday, March 9, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester will host Shabbat Across America, starting at 6 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will be followed by a traditional family Shabbat dinner with side dishes contributed by congregation members and the main course by Alforno’s.

  • New Adaptive Swim Program Offered

    The JCC is excited to offer a new adaptive swim program that provides one-on-one training for community members of all ages with intellectual and physical disabilities. It allows students the opportunity to feel comfortable in the water, learn safety skills, work on swimming skills, maintain and increase physical fitness, and achieve success in the water.

  • JCC Welcomes New Climbing Wall Staff

    The JCC welcomes Tanner Coway and Rachel Whitsild as its new climbing wall instructors. Both Coway and Whitsild will offer classes and instruction for members of all ages on the JCC’s much anticipated and very popular new climbing wall.

  • Reinvent Yourself Through Wellness

    Spring offers the perfect opportunity to implement new wellness habits and set goals that support a happier, healthier you. Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind as the result of deliberate effort. It emphasizes preventing illness, as opposed to treating it, and prolonging life.

  • Yale Challah Event Fights Hunger

    Students fed themselves and helped feed others during the Yale Challah for Hunger’s inaugural sale, which took place on Cross Campus on Feb. 9. All 59 of the freshly baked loaves, prepared by students in the Silliman College kitchen the evening before, were sold within half an hour.