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 203-387-1818
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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Provide scholarships to enable needs based assistance to greater New Haven children to attend summer camp at the JCC's beautiful outdoor campsite located on the JCC campus in Woodbridge.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date 15 2017
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 Diamondstein
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
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.
Shoreline Jewish Community Initiative  $125,000- demographics show that the unaffiliated Jewish community is growing in the shoreline towns. We need to strengthen our outreach and programmatic effort to this group.
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 Yeladim 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.  Yeladim 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 Diamondstein
Term Start Jan 2016
Email jalperin@jewishnewhaven.org
Experience
Judy Alperin Diamondstein 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.
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 70
Number of Part Time Staff 252
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 322 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 102
Female 203
Unspecified 17
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 well respected organizations within the Greater New Haven Jewish and general communities providing essential services and support.  Significant financial challenges have caused the organization to struggle for many years.  In the past 12 months, the organization was just beginning a serious turn around, seeing growth and improvement with regard to our fiscal management, product enhancement and delivery and association.  However, with the significant fire in the communal building in December, the organization is now displaced and offering services in ten locations.
Significant financial stress has resulted from the fire as well as a strategic challenge with regard to the need to reassess the future trajectory of the community. This crossroads is complicated by changing demographics and economic realities which mirror both the state of Connecticut and the greater northeast section of the United States. Legacy donors have passed away or left Connecticut.  The need for services has increased, especially among the senior population,Seniors are the most rapidly growing segment of our community. However, those with means find themselves leaving the state and those left behind require more and more services but do not have the financial abilities to the support the community.  This creates a significant challenge.
Historically, the Jewish community began with its roots on Chapel Street in New Haven.  26 years ago, with critical mass having relocated to the Woodbridge area, the community built a structure on Amity Road. Unfortunately,  the beautiful and appreciated building, while largely successful, has never been self-sustaining.  With the challenge of the fire, the community must determine if it should rebuild on Amity Road or consider other options.  This decision comes with the knowledge that the community is not concentrated in one geographic area but rather quite spread out with substantial populations in Milford, Cheshire, Woodbridge, New Haven and communities on the Shoreline.  The significant geographic distances between these areas creates many challenges and one main center will not be able to serve all.  Under any scenario, a new method of engagement and service delivery must be created to meet the people where they are to provide gateways to the larger Jewish community.
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
Scott Cooper
Dr. Jay Dworkin
Andrew Eder Community Volunteer
Rabbi Michael Farbman Community Volunteer
Bob Felice
Dr. Steven Fleischman
Eric Gallant
Gerry Garcia
Debra Gaudette
Cindy Gerber
Stephen Glick Community Volunteer
Dr. Alvin Greenberg Community Volunteer
Stuart Grodd Community Volunteer
Randy Harrison
Dr. Sharon Hasbani
Dr. David Hass Community Volunteer
Donald Hendel
Judith Hess
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
Marvin Lender Community Volunteer
Rabbi Murray Levine Community Volunteer
Betty Levy
Terry Magun
Jo-Ann Maynard Community Volunteer
Estelle Nussbaum
Marcia Reiter
Dr. Alan Reznik
Carol Robbins Community Volunteer
Shira Rosenblatt
Jeremy Rosner
Stephen Saltzman Community Volunteer
Moti Sandman 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 63
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 46
Female 18
Standing Committees
Distributions / Grant Making
Education
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Endowment
Investment
CEO Comments
The Jewish Federation planned a by-laws revision for first quarter of this year. Unfortunately due to a devastating fire which happened in December 2016, that plan is on hold. It is the intention to complete the revision within the coming year.  
As of this writing, the community is displaced and carefully considering next steps through a planning process 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2016
Fiscal Year End July 31 2017
Projected Revenue $7,630,081.00
Projected Expenses $6,767,184.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$7,606,156$8,165,874$13,058,426
Total Expenses$8,016,407$8,317,114$10,360,756
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,408,526$3,682,741$6,918,763
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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$2,712,736$2,835,590$3,847,581
Investment Income, Net of Losses$59,254$22,091$601,100
Membership Dues$1,371,792$1,435,235$1,488,400
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$53,848$190,217$202,582
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,686,125$5,964,020$7,749,417
Administration Expense$1,909,288$1,811,066$2,074,440
Fundraising Expense$420,994$542,028$536,899
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.981.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%72%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%15%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$16,643,103$17,063,274$56,149,243
Current Assets$1,723,611$2,038,089$3,754,312
Long-Term Liabilities$3,487,345$3,661,145$11,904,598
Current Liabilities$2,578,345$2,323,329$2,376,866
Total Net Assets$10,577,413$11,078,800$41,867,779
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Seedling Foundation $330,000Seedlings Foundation $275,000Seedlings Foundation $250,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $199,158Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $143,252
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.670.881.58
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets21%21%21%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
jfaudit 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.
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. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. 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.
 
This organization receives designated funds from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and has completed an abbreviated profile. 
Address 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 065252133
Primary Phone 203 387-2424
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith Alperin Diamondstein
Board Chair Dr. Norman Ravski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale New Haven Hospital

 

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