Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road
Woodbridge CT 06525-2133
Contact Information
Address 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525-2133
Telephone (203) 387-2424 x
Fax 833-671-9706
E-mail aholtz@jewishnewhaven.org
Web and Social Media
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).

 

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Inclusion Initiative

ויבראאלהיםאת-האדםבצלמובצלםאלהיםבראאתוזכרונקבהבראאתם. —Genesis 1:27

And God created the human in His image. In the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.

The passage above describes B’tselem elohim: a recognition that all human beings are all created in God’s image, and therefore equally worthy of respect and dignity. The value of b’tselem Elohim anchors a Jewish responsibility to provide opportunities to learn and to teach, to pray and to participate, to celebrate and to mourn, to care and to be cared for. B’tselem elohim reminds us to ensure that all people have equal access and equal opportunity.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1 billion people—15 percent of the world’s population—live with a disability that significantly affects their daily life. As we put B’tselem elohim to practice, we are reminded that an inclusive community is a stronger community. Jewish or not, individuals with disabilities and their families need social, health, educational, and other support that the JCC and Federation can and should provide. People with disabilities are often described as the world’s largest minority group. Whether through sudden accident or gradual aging, most people will experience some form of disability over the course of their life.

Strengthening the future of the Greater New Haven Jewish community of Greater New Haven requires that all people be included to the best of their abilities. At this stage, building support structures—both physical and programmatic—to accommodate our constituents’ varying needs is essential to fully realizing our mission. Spaces with opportunities to become more accessible include the following:

  • Optilex Reader for the visually impaired in the library
  • ADA shower stall improvements in the spas and locker rooms
  • ADA accessible lockers in the locker rooms
  • ADA lifts installed in the whirlpool areas
  • Accessible fitness equipment purchased for the new Fitness Center
  • Audio improvements for the hearing impaired in the Vine Family Auditorium
  • Inclusion programs at JCC Day Camp
  • Workshops for parents and caretakers navigating life cycle events such as primary school, college, and assisted living transitions
  • Transportation assistance for home-bound individuals
  • Fitness classes for wheel-chair bound and physically limited persons
  • Adaptive aquatics classes for wheel-chair bound and physically limited persons
  • Increased participation in sports and recreation activities for wheel-chair bound and physically limited persons
  • Support groups for family members
  • Social opportunities for common interest groups
  • Respite care for parents with disabled children

Accessibility of physical spaces only carries so far. For independent adults and children or adults with assistance, participation in self-directed activities is possible. (reading in the library, exercise & swim) However, while the JCC has done its best to accommodate children with some disabilities, it has not had the expertise to build out an inclusion program across the operations for the benefit of all ages. To move us forward we will require a dedicated professional with knowledge and experience to assess our opportunities and limitations, develop and plan of action and then take the steps necessary toward implementation of the plan.

As we think about the differently abled we will also be able to address concerns specific to the aging community. Greater New Haven, like our neighbors on the East Coast, is an aging community. The future we envision for the community building is one of inter-generation activity that will impact all ages. To do so, accessibility must not be a barrier.


A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1928
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith Alperin
Board Chair Dr. Norman Ravski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale New Haven Hospital
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
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).

 

Background
In 1927 the Jewish Community Council was born. A meeting involving synagogues, professional clubs, B'nai B'rith Lodges and other charitable organizations decided the Jewish community needed a centralized leadership structure.
The organization's purpose statement read: "It shall be the purpose of this Council to create a common meeting ground for all organizations devoted to the communal interest of New Haven Jewry, to centralize activities concerned with matter of general interest to the Jewish Community; to promote cooperation among the constituent organizations; to avoid duplication of effort; to formulate in joint counsel community opinion on matters of general interest and to provide a voice for the expression of that opinion."
 
In 1939 the Jewish Welfare Fund was created, a central location for monies raised by annual campaigns and then allocated to local communal agencies and  Jews around the world, including Israel.
 
In 1976 the Jewish Community Council became the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, the umbrella agency for New Haven's Jewish Community and its constituent agencies. The Annual Campaign continues to be a major source of revenue for its agencies.
Impact
The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) recruits, trains, places and supports volunteer reading partners in 7 local public schools with 350 elementary school children one hour per week.
Jewish Teen Education (JTE) is a new, unique program that empowers teens in grades 8-12 to lead and direct their own education program including the decision of topics offered each semester, helping to recruit teachers and managing a budget.
Yesod (translation is foundation) is our new young leadership program designed to support our community by developing excellent new, volunteer leadership.
The Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resttlement (JCARR) is a collaboration of local synagogues and the Federation to co-sponsor refugee families who are new to the New Haven area. JCARR integrated 3 families into the broader New Haven community since its inception last year.
We provide support for thousands of Jewish children and teens from the former Soviet Union and central and eastern Europe to attend Jewish camps every year.  Furthermore, we operate our own JCC day camp.  Over 65,000 campers and 12,000 staff call JCC day camp home each summer, representing the largest movement of Jewish day camps in North America.  We share a commitment to bringing the values such as Chesed (kindness), Kehillah (community), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), C'lal Yisrael (the unity of the Jewish people), Ruach (spirit) and Hachnassat Orchim (welcoming guests) into the fabric of our camp communities. 
 
Needs
Inclusion Coordinator $50-75,000-  To assess, plan and implement an across the board inclusion effort to remove barriers to participation and widen the tent for all.
Community Security Coordinator $50,000 - with the rise of anti-Semitism and hate crimes in New Haven, the need to better secure Jewish facilities, train personnel, increase communications within the community, and better access potential funding sources, a CSC is a new necessity to protect the community.
Senior Service Coordinator $60,000 (PT Woodbridge/PT Shoreline) $30,000  - Seniors require increased services, home visits, and transportation to participate in socialization programs which must increase throughout our catchment area.
Senior Transportation Funding $50,000 - To prevent social isolation and create greater access to a healthy life, Jewish seniors must connect and participate more readily. Multiple modalities will improve lives by accessing ride services, community coordinated transportation and a community operated vehicle.
Gateway Scholarships to Jewish Life $25,000. Expenses to be a synagogue or JCC member, educational programs, recreational classes, summer camp, Israel trips and more are significant.  An assistance program will aid in removing financial barriers and help people access Jewish life and an increased sense of belonging.
 
CEO Statement The Jewish Federation is the central address of the Jewish community and serves to identify the most pressing needs and to create strategic objectives to enable and foster greater collaboration that will strengthen and enhance the community. It serves as the safety net of the Jewish community here in Greater New Haven and through its network of partner agencies, in Israel and throughout the world.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Federated Giving Programs
Secondary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Camps
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities /
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
The Jewish community of Greater New Haven exists from Milford to Chester along the Shoreline through New Haven, Woodbridge, Cheshire and surrounding areas inland.  With such a broad catchment area, the Federation/JCC invests in services and programs to engage the diverse community.
Programs
Description The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center serves children from ages 3 months through Kindergarten.  These quality programs are delivered in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of young children.  Our 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 fully licensed by the State of Connecticut with children and families of all religious and cultural backgrounds are welcomed in our programs
Population Served Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Our JCC Day Camps provide children of all ages and backgrounds with a variety of unique camp options.  Our on-site full day program runs all summer long and gives kids the opportunity to grow in spirit, mind and body through a variety of activities at our amazing facilities which include: outdoor pool and swim lessons, drama stage, sports fields, music & dance, basketball, Ga-Ga and human foosball courts, field trips, archery range, picnic areas, arts & crafts and four miles of hiking trails on 54 acres.
Population Served / /
Description Licensed quality care for children Kindergarten through 8th grade. Our Afterschool, vacation and snow day programs all offer a variety of creative, fun and stimulating activities in a friendly atmosphere.
Population Served Families / Children Only (5 - 14 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description PJ Library is a national Jewish family engagement program that mails free, high quality Jewish children's literature and music to families on a monthly basis.  Greater New Haven's PJ Library program is open to any Jewish children from ages 6 months to 8 years old and also offers family programs and events including author readings, storytimes, holiday celebrations and Shabbat programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
The JCC and Jewish Federation offer a wide variety of programs for adults under our Cultural Arts umbrella.  Our Beckerman Jewish Film Series is a diverse collection of Jewish and Israeli films that are shown in the Greater New Haven area including Westville, Hamden, Branford, Seymour, Woodbridge, West Haven, Madison and New Haven.  The films selected are classics or new releases and explore a variety of comedic, dramatic, historical and modern themes.  There are talk backs and discussions after the films.
Aside from the film series, we also offer programs with authors, entertainers, as well as healthy lifestyle guest lecturers. 
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Judith Alperin
Term Start Jan 2016
Email jalperin@jewishnewhaven.org
Experience
Judy Alperin has had a varied career in Jewish communal service with a background in JCS, camping and Jewish Federation work.  Judy began her career as the Children and Youth Director at the JCC of the North Shore of Marblehead, Massachusetts and in that capacity servce as the Assistant Director of Camp Simcha in Peabody, Massachusetts.  After relocating to Allentown, Pennsylvania, Judy served as Director of Lehigh University Hillel before returning to JCC work at the Allentown JCC as the Director of Membership, Camp and Family Services.
For a time, Judy was the owner and chief baker of Sweetiepies, Inc., a made-to-order desserts business but the call of serving the community brought her back to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley where she enjoyed more than ten years as a member of the professional staff team and ultimately serving as the Assistant Executive Director.
In January 2016, Judy came aboard  as CEO of the Jewish Federation, Foundation and JCC of Greater New Haven.  During her first year, Judy led a strategic assessment of the organization which resulted in an internal reorganization and rebranding effort.  The final month of her first year, the JCC building experienced a devastating fire which resulted in no injury or loss of life.  
Since that time, Judy has led an effort beginning with crisis management, then communal assessment of priorities and goals, and ultimately a $3 million building and program renovation and planning process. 
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 68
Number of Part Time Staff 175
Number of Volunteers 300
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 243 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 78
Female 165
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title JCC Executive Director
Title Executive Director, Jewish Foundation
Title CFO
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2016
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization1935
Comments
CEO Comments

The Jewish Federation and JCC are in the midst of executing its plan to revitalize the JCC building, programs and services in the wake of the devastating fire that gutted much of the building in December, 2016. The rebuilding and re-imagination of the JCC will stand upon decades long foundations of strength, respect and excellent reputation as a member of the non-profit community in Greater New Haven.

 

Since I began my tenure in January, 2016, the agency has undergone significant fiscal and organizational restructuring resulting.  Fortunately, the majority of this process was concluded prior to the fire which served the needs during the interim period quite well.  Rather than seeing the fire as a catastrophic event that could spell the demise of a beloved community institution, we determined to see the fire as an opportunity to pause, reflect, gather input and information and develop a sustainable plan that would provide a roadmap to the future.

 

While challenges remain with regard to geography, significant attrition (with membership losses of more than 1/3) and the  continued high priority of underserved populations—seniors and people living with disabilities, the revitalization plan seeks to tackle these needs.

 
 
 
 
 
Board Chair
Dr. Norman Ravski
Company Affiliation Yale New Haven Hospital
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Josef Adler Community Volunteer
Gerald Barker Community Volunteer
Doron Ben-Atar
Nan Birdwhistell Community Volunteer
Elaine Braffman
Linda Caplan
Dr. Jay Dworkin
Rabbi Michael Farbman Community Volunteer
Bob Felice
Dr. Steven Fleischman
Eric Gallant
Gerry Garcia
Debra Gaudette
Stephen Glick Community Volunteer
Dr. Alvin Greenberg Community Volunteer
Stuart Grodd Community Volunteer
Erica Gross
Randy Harrison
Dr. Sharon Hasbani
Dr. David Hass Community Volunteer
Lauren Hass
Donald Hendel
Allan Hillman Community Volunteer
Seth Hollander
Chesky Holtzberg Community Volunteer
Betsy Hoos Community Volunteer
Dr. Jeffrey Hoos Community Volunteer
Scott Hurwitz
Rabbi Fred Hyman
Joel Karp Community Volunteer
Barry Kelmachter Community Volunteer
Jackie Koral
Betty Levy
Jo-Ann Maynard Community Volunteer
Marcia Reiter
Dr. Alan Reznik
Carol Robbins Community Volunteer
Shira Rosenblatt
Jeremy Rosner
Stephen Saltzman Community Volunteer
David Schaefer Community Volunteer
Betsy Schulman
Dr. Dena Schulman-Green Community Volunteer
Dr. Arthur Seltzer
Rabbi Rona Shapiro
H. William Shure Community Volunteer
Dr. Alan Siegal
Ina Silverman
Mark Sklarz Community Volunteer
Judy Skolnick
David Slossberg
Jonathan Snyder
David Trachten Community Volunteer
Dr. Stephanie Wain
Dr. Milton Wallack Community Volunteer
Marc Wallman Community Volunteer
Evan Wyner
Leslie Zackin Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 58
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 39
Female 20
Standing Committees
Distributions / Grant Making
Education
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Endowment
Investment
Marketing
CEO Comments
The Jewish Federation has created a by-laws committee that intends to submit revised by-laws for approval at the June 7, 2018 annual meeting.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31 2018
Projected Revenue $6,688,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,271,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$16,004,715$16,643,103$17,063,274
Current Assets$1,665,886$1,723,611$2,038,089
Long-Term Liabilities$3,296,604$3,487,345$3,661,145
Current Liabilities$1,668,931$2,578,345$2,323,329
Total Net Assets$11,039,180$10,577,413$11,078,800
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $350,000The Seedling Foundation $330,000Seedlings Foundation $275,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIrving Eckhardt PACE Foundation via Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $203,053 --Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $199,158
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSidney & Arthur Eder PACE Fund at Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $157,642 -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted.

The rebuilding and reimagining of the JCC building in the wake of the devastating fire that gutted much of our building in December 2016.  These campaign funds will supplement our insurance coverage dollars.

Goal $2,000,000.00
Amount Raised To Date 1023207 as of Jan 2018
Comments
CEO Comments
The Jewish Federation is an integrated operation offering JCC programming and Jewish Federation community investment.  As such we anticipate allocating of $800,000 to our local agencies and overseas partners as determined by our Planning and Allocations Committee which is made up of representatives from throughout New Haven County.
 
Due to the devastating fire experienced in December 2016, we anticipated decreased membership and program fees, as reflected in our "deficit" budget for this year.  We anticipate that this deficit will be covered in our business interruption insurance policy to cover lost program fees and lost membership dues revenue.  As of February 15, 2018, we will be restating the last 5 months of our budget for this fiscal year.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 065252133
Primary Phone 203 387-2424
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith Alperin
Board Chair Dr. Norman Ravski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale New Haven Hospital

 

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