• Walking in the Footsteps of the Past...

    This month’s column is written from Warsaw, Poland, where I am proud to be part of a delegation from our community to visit Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow before flying to Israel to continue our mission and concluding at the
    Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly.

  • SHARING STORIES OF THE SIMPSONS

    In Chapter One of Mike Reiss’ newest book, “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime of Writing for The Simpsons,” the first line reads, ”I got the Simpsons job the same way I got a wife: I was not the first choice, but I was available.”

  • VINE AUDITORIUM GETS FACELIFT

    Through the generosity of Barry and Hyla Vine, a major investment in new technology will improve the quality and the accessibility of any event held in the Vine Family Auditorium. The improvements begin with a new projector and screen for movies and presentations.

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Jewish Education


 

  • Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Opens Its Doors This Fall

    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.

  • PJ Library Shabbat on the Beach

    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.

  • Students Reflect on March of the Living Trip

    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.

  • JHSC Seniors Look Toward the Future

    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.

 

 

Advocacy


 

  • BEKI Youth Groups Pack Food Bags at JFS

    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.

  • Mazel tov, Israel!

    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!

  • CT Becomes 10th State to Pass Holocaust Education Bill

    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.

  • Funds for the Victims of Terror

    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.

 

 

Philanthropy & Leadership


 

  • Charitable Giving Opportunity Available for Those 70 ½ and Older

    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.

  • Jewish Foundation Offers 2018-2019 Scholarship Opportunities

    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.

  • JCL Honoring Volunteer Reading Partners

    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.

 

 

Community


 

  • Victory Day Also Represents Great Sadness for Soviet Jews

    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.

  • Happy 100th Birthday, Gladys!

    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.

  • Cluppin Spielers to Perform at CBSRZ Concert, Picnic

    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.

  • Trachten to Receive Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

    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.


  • Emissaries Offer a Huge Toda

    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 Celebrates 50th

    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.