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

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. 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 community requires that all people be included to the best of their abilities. Building support structures—both physical and programmatic—to accommodate our constituents’ varying needs is essential to fully realizing the missions of the JCC and Jewish Federation. Over the last two years, we have increased the organization’s accessibility by installing 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
  • Fitness classes for wheel-chair bound and physically limited persons
  • Social opportunities for common interest groups
  • Adaptive aquatics classes for wheel-chair bound and physically limited persons

 

In addition, the partnership between the JCC and Chapel Haven will launch a community needs assessment that will help determine what additional opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families are most pressing. Potential programs include:
  • Inclusive and adaptive programs at JCC for all ages
  • Workshops for parents and caretakers navigating life cycle events such as primary school, college, and assisted living transitions
  • Transportation assistance for home-bound individuals
  • Sports and recreation activities for wheel-chair bound and physically limited persons
  • Support groups for family members
  • Respite care for parents with disabled children

To fulfill the needs of our community adequately and successfully, the organization will require a dedicated professional to carry out the priorities derived from the needs assessment, work with constituents to develop long-term strategies, and take the steps necessary toward implementation.

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


A Great Opportunity Ending Date Aug 2020
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. Jeffrey Hoos
Board Chair Company Affiliation Brush & Floss Dental Center
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

Accomplishments:

  1. Reopened the doors at 360 Amity Road after a 13-month closure from fire damage. The Grand Opening was celebrated by 1,000+ people, and featured community service “Mitzvah Day” activities that benefited area pet shelters; Columbus House; Abraham’s tent; Jewish Family Services and the Woodbridge Food Pantry; resettled refugee families; Yale Children’s Hospital; and Ronald McDonald House. (Spring 2018).  In Spring 2019, we held a similar community-wide service "Mitzvah Day" with activities that to benefit  the Downtown Soup Kitchen, Jewish Family Services, the local Jewish cemeteries, residents of The Towers, and local area pet shelters.
  2. Distributed over $90,000 for need-based financial aid to 121 children and families in camp, childcare, after school, and recreation programs. (2019)
  3. The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) recruited, trained, placed and supported volunteer reading partners in 7 New Haven public schools. In 2018-19, 165 volunteers read aloud with 350 elementary students weekly.
  4. Developed relationships with Chapel Haven, The Towers, and the Mary Wade Home, as well as the Institute for Learning in Retirement. Together, the organizations  provide transportation, enrichment, and social opportunities for underserved populations including senior adults and persons with disabilities.  
  5. Opened a MakerSpace and STEAM Center for creative and entrepreneurial exploration. “MakerSpace at the J” features classes, workshops, and open studio for members to use the space and equipment for their tinkering needs.

 

Goals:

  1. Conducted a community needs assessment in partnership with Chapel Haven that led to the design and implementation of inclusive and adaptive opportunities for adults with disabilities. (Completed)
  2. Collected and analyzed feedback from senior programming pilot; determined long-term implementation. (Completed)
  3. Develop an enhanced volunteer recruitment strategy for JCL reading partners that will lead to additional school sites for 2021.
  4. Increase fundraising dedicated to need-based financial aid and free programs.

 

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Needs

Inclusion Coordinator, $50,000. To manage the community needs of inclusive and adaptive services and to implement outcomes related to this program. 

Senior Services Coordinator, $40,000-$50,000 (PT Woodbridge/PT Shoreline).  To increase services, home visits, and transportation coordination for seniors wishing to participate in socialization programs throughout our catchment area. 

Transportation Funding, $100,000. Services offered by the JCC could benefit significantly more individuals by adding transportation assistance to underserved populations, including seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income families. Multiple modalities such as ride services, community coordinated transportation, and a community-operated vehicle would create access to social, educational, and health-related services that improve quality of life. 

Advertising support, $25,000 (real or in-kind). To launch large-scale recruitment and fundraising efforts that yield 40-50 new reading volunteers and increase financial aid fund by 20%. 
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. 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 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

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 Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description The 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 Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adults / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

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 Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
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 Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Families /
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 69
Number of Part Time Staff 187
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 256 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 256
Senior Staff
Title JCC Executive Director
Title Executive Director, Jewish Foundation
Title CFO
Title Chief Development Officer
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 of Greater New Haven has engaged Melior Consulting Group of Philadelphia and Panoramic Strategies of Columbus, Ohio to lead a significant change process which began in January, 2020 and is expected to conclude late spring, 2020.  This process represents significant differences over past processes.  The leadership of the Federation recognizes that the New Haven Jewish community has reached a significant inflection point.  In an economy that has transitioned from an entrepreneurial/manufacturing base to a professional one, coupled with the outside pressures of the greater Connecticut economy, the graying of the Northeast and an increasing ultra-orthodox population alongside declining philanthropy, the Jewish community recognizes the need for significant change to chart a path toward future sustainability. 

Expected outcomes of the process include:  new by-laws, shift from a traditional allocations model toward a priority based grants model, streamlining of governance, shifts in programmatic components and support which could result in the sunsetting of legacy programs or change in levels of support of legacy institutions. 

In recent years, effort has been invested toward meeting the needs of the underserved.  As a result, inclusion programs have greatly increased and a new part-time active adults coordinator has been retained.  The Jewish community intends to be home for people of all abilities, interests, and backgrounds.  The only limitation to fully realizing the potential of these initiatives is funding.


 

Board Chair
Dr. Jeffrey Hoos
Company Affiliation Brush & Floss Dental Center
Term July 2018 to Aug 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Josef AdlerCommunity Volunteer
Gerald BarkerCommunity Volunteer
Kenneth Campbell
Linda Caplan
Dr. Jay Dworkin
Rabbi Michael FarbmanCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Steven Fleischman
Gerry Garcia
Stephanie Green
Dr. Alvin GreenbergCommunity Volunteer
Stuart GroddCommunity Volunteer
Randy Harrison
Dr. Sharon Hasbani
Dr. David HassCommunity Volunteer
Donald Hendel
Mr. Seth Hollander
Chesky HoltzbergCommunity Volunteer
Betsy HoosCommunity Volunteer
Rabbi Fred Hyman
Joel KarpCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Julie Katz
Barry KelmachterCommunity Volunteer
Jackie Koral
Betty Levy
Dr. Arthur Levy
Ryan Loss
Mr. Matthew Nemerson
Norman Ravski
Marcia Reiter
Howard Reiter
Carol RobbinsCommunity Volunteer
Stephen SaltzmanCommunity Volunteer
David SchaeferCommunity Volunteer
Betsy Schulman
Dr. Dena Schulman-GreenCommunity Volunteer
Dana Schwartz
Harry Schwartz
H. William ShureCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Alan Siegal
Ina Silverman
Dr. Craig Sklar
Mark SklarzCommunity Volunteer
Jeff Sklarz
Judy Skolnick
David Slossberg
Mr. Jonathan Snyder
David TrachtenCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Abi Vail
Dr. Stephanie Wain
Dr. Milton WallackCommunity Volunteer
Marc WallmanCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Andrew Weinstein
Evan Wyner
Leslie ZackinCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 55 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 55
Standing Committees
Distributions / Grant Making
Education
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Endowment
Investment
Marketing
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Safety
CEO Comments
The Jewish Federation has created a by-laws committee that is working on revised by-laws throughout the 2020 calendar year.
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2019
Fiscal Year End July 31 2020
Projected Revenue $7,638,676.00
Projected Expenses $7,914,275.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$17,946,079$18,565,492$16,004,715
Current Assets$2,391,890$4,301,261$1,665,886
Long-Term Liabilities$816,057$6,176,641$3,296,604
Current Liabilities$2,397,816$2,080,115$1,668,931
Total Net Assets$14,732,206$10,308,736$11,039,180
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Seedlings Foundation $350,000Seedlings Foundation $390,000Seedlings Foundation $350,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIrving Eckhardt PACE Foundation via Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $214,254Irving Eckhardt PACE Foundation via Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $209,850Irving Eckhardt PACE Foundation via Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $203,053
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAndrew, Sidney & Arthur Eder PACE Fund at Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $155,753Andrew, Sidney & Arthur Eder PACE Fund at Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $179,224Sidney & 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 supplement our insurance coverage dollars.

Goal $3,000,000.00
Dates Sept 2017 to
Amount Raised To Date 1328824 as of Feb 2020
Comments
CEO Comments

The Jewish Federation serves the community as a fiduciary steward of precious resources. We are always looking to strengthen our financial operations and have recently increased our fiscal controls to enable better management, transparency and accountability.

The finance committee plays an integral and hands on role in evaluation of and enhancing internal systems and reporting methods. Department Heads are tasked with the creation, defense and management of budgets. Strict policies with regard to mail, check logs, deposits and accounts are adhered to with written direction and separation of duties. The Federation also follows a strict check signing policy requiring two signatures under all circumstances.

The Jewish Federation undergoes a full financial audit with management letter by Teplitzky & Co. The audit and 990 are available on the organization’s website and an annual report is produced and published online
 
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. Jeffrey Hoos
Board Chair Company Affiliation Brush & Floss Dental Center

 

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