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Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

The strength of a people. The power of community

aka JCC of Greater New Haven   |   Woodbridge, CT   |  http://www.jewishnewhaven.org

Mission

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is to lead, build, strengthen and renew a dynamic local Jewish community and to provide support and caring for Jewish people in our community, Israel and worldwide. We are guided by the traditional Jewish values of Torah (tradition, learning and deeds), Tikkun Olam (improving the condition of our world), Tzedakah (philanthropy and acts of loving kindness), and k'lal Yisrael (Jewish peoplehood).

Ruling year info

1966

Chief Executive Officer

Honorable Gayle Slossberg

Main address

360 Amity Road

Woodbridge, CT 06525 USA

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EIN

06-0647025

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Year after year, we find an increased needs for funding from our organization to support local,, national and international agencies. Fulfilling our mission to help our community is becoming more difficult each year due to a declining donor base due to an aging population and donors moving away from Connecticut. We are working to identify new donors and funding resources to support our mission and help more and more people in need.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beverly Levy Early Learning Center

The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center serves children from ages 3 months through Kindergarten. The high quality programs offer supportive and nurturing environments that promote children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. The child-emergent curriculum encourages experimentation, problem solving, logical thinking and cooperative learning, as well as assimilation of values, development of social skills, and positive self-concept. Children explore, create and build in an enriched and stimulating learning environment.  Beverly Levy Early Learning Center is licensed by the State of Connecticut with children and families of all religious and cultural backgrounds are welcomed. Need-based financial aid is available for all who qualify.

Population(s) Served
Families

The JCC Day Camp provides children ages 5+ with a unique camp experience. More than 350 campers from 28 zip codes across Greater New Haven attend the full day program, which runs for 7 weeks each summer. The camp’s philosophy directly aligns with the JCC’s mission to facilitate total wellness through programs that stimulate mind, body and spirit through activities on our 54 acre campus and throughout the region. JCC Camp distributes over $60,000 of need-based financial aid each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) actively works to close the achievement gap in education through improved literacy. By partnering approximately 350 students in grades PreK-3 in New Haven public schools with a weekly one-on-one reading partner, JCL expands educational opportunities for youth in New Haven and increases their readiness for real-world success. The 165 volunteer reading partners who donate their time each year to JCL receive training, professional development, and supplies that help them deliver successful and meaningful reading help.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults

Senior Days at the J is a new initiative that was piloted by the JCC, The Towers, and The Mary Wade Home to bring seniors to the JCC in Woodbridge for daytime programming, social engagement, and expanded opportunities. Seniors from across the area will be invited to attend arts, cultural, literary, and social programs free of charge several times each month. Residents from The Towers and Mary Wade will have the option to take a shuttle from downtown, and use the pool, fitness, and MakerSpace facilities regardless of membership status. In addition, all Senior Day attendees will be encouraged to and assisted with Silver Sneakers® registration which would allow them free access to the JCC any time.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The JCC’s afterschool and vacation day programs offer students of all faiths and backgrounds in grades K-8 the opportunity to spend their out-of-school weekday hours in a safe, enriching, fun, and creative environment. On school days and early dismissals, students from eight local schools are transported to the JCC where they receive licensed supervision, homework help, snack, and participate in elective activities such as swimming, playscape, arts/crafts, board games, and more. Students are welcome to spend full days at the JCC when school is not in session. These vacation programs do not currently offer transportation, however, with proper funding, students without access to transportation could benefit from all the JCC has to offer. Need-based financial aid is available to all who qualify.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce 2016

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization 1935

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Jewish people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total dollars raised for the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven helps the most vulnerable through a network of local agencies and programs, transforming the lives of 20,000 people in the Greater New Haven area - people of all faiths who are in need at every stage of life.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven stands in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, advocating on key issues, supporting humanitarian assistance for 2 million Jews in Israel and 70 countries around the world, and rushing aid to communities in crisis in Israel and beyond.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven advances Jewish learning and identity, funding the best in formal and informal Jewish education and connections to Israel.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven builds Jewish community and fosters a sense of peoplehood, engaging Jews of all ages and backgrounds in Jewish life and community.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven cultivates Jewish continuity from generation to generation, helping to transmit a vibrant Jewish heritage that honors the past and looks with hope to the future.

Through a combination of annual allocations and directed grants, we mobilize more than $2 million in financial resources, which we allocate to more than 20 affiliates, beneficiary agencies and programs that provide wide-ranging direct services and programs to populations in need across the Greater New Haven area and around the globe.

Among our local partner agencies are Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, Tower One/Tower East, Ezra Academy, Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, Hebrew High School of New England, Jewish High School of Connecticut, Camp Laurelwood, BBYO, UCONN HaveHillel, Quinnipiac Hillel, Yale Hillel, Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven, Eruv Society, Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven, local synagogues' initiatives, and more. Overseas partners include the Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven's planning and allocation process is led by a partnership of staff and lay leaders. It is informed by periodic local population studies that examine the demographic composition of the Greater New Haven Jewish community, identify unmet needs, and help us understand the status of community access to existing services.

Since 1927, the Jewish Community of Greater New Haven has proudly served as the community's central source of hope and help for people in need. Rooted in a commitment to Jewish collective responsibility, we provide for the most vulnerable members of our community.

We have a 47-member volunteer Board of Directors, hundreds of volunteers for our programs and fundraising activities, 35 paid professional staff of the highest caliber, and some 1,600 gifts to our annual campaign.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven currently serves 20,000 people of all faiths locally, and 2 million Jews in Israel and 70 countries worldwide. We provide an aggregate $2+ million in funding to a network of humanitarian services encompassing 25 agencies and programs that care for people at every stage of life, regardless of their ability to pay.

With the vast array of needs that the we address, there always will be more that could be done. Our constant objective is to assure that the infrastructure and resources always are in place and prepared to meet and adapt to whatever circumstances arise, and to be proactive in identifying them in their earliest stages.

Our goal is to continue increasing the allocations for our affiliate and beneficiary agencies and to allow them to expand the services and programs they can provide.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Board of directors
as of 04/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gerry Barker

Barker Specialties

Term: 2022 - 2023

Linda Bell

Gerald Barker

Michael Farbman

Nancy Cohen

David Hass

Chesky Holtzberg

Betsy & Jeffrey Hoos

Joel Karp

Carol Robbins

Hap Perkins

Paul Portnoy

Dena Schulman-Green

Jody Ellant

David Trachten

Milton Wallack

Marc Wallman

Leslie Zackin

Gerry Garcia

Evan Wyner

Sami Merit

Mark Sklarz

Stephen Saltzman

Cindy Leffel

Betty & Arthur Levy

Rabbi Fred Hyman

Betsy Schulman

Alan Siegal

Judy Skolnick

David Slossberg

Stephanie Wain

Stephanie Green

Jeffrey Sklarz

Norman Ravski

Dana & Harry Schwartz

Ilene Rosalimsky-Bronen

Matthew Nemerson

Jonathan Snyder

Abi Vail

Craig Sklar

Marci Levin

Moshe Aber

Emily Sandberg

Scott Hurwitz

David Sirowich

Cyd Oppenheimer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No