Congregation B'nai Jacob
75 Rimmon Rd
Woodbridge CT 06525-2003
Contact Information
Address 75 Rimmon Rd
Woodbridge, CT 06525-2003
Telephone (203) 3892111 x
Fax 203-3895293
E-mail jody@bnaijacob.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Congregation B'nai Jacob is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We are an egalitarian and fully participatory congregation. We have minyan services twice daily every day of the year. Our Shabbat morning services include congregational singing, stimulating sermons or discussions led by our Rabbi, and a traditional reading of the Torah portion of the week. We welcome individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all members and our friends in the community to join us as often as possible.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1882
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 Jody Dietch
Board Chair Dr. Steven Fleischman
Board Chair Company Affiliation volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Congregation B'nai Jacob is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We are an egalitarian and fully participatory congregation. We have minyan services twice daily every day of the year. Our Shabbat morning services include congregational singing, stimulating sermons or discussions led by our Rabbi, and a traditional reading of the Torah portion of the week. We welcome individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all members and our friends in the community to join us as often as possible.
Background

Congregation B’nai Jacob of Woodbridge,  celebrated its 120th year in 2002. B’nai Jacob was founded by Jewish immigrants from Russia who sought refuge in America from tyranny, oppression and persecution. The congregation’s original charter, drawn in 1882, stated the purpose of the organization: “…the advancement of the interests of the Jewish people….in peace and dignity…[doing] good work for the welfare of each individual, the success of the congregation, and the benefit of mankind.”

The congregation acquired its first permanent building in 1885 located at 105 Temple St. As it grew in membership through the 1890’s and early 1900s the synagogue constructed a magnificent building on George St. On September 5, 1912, with Governor Simeon Baldwin delivering the principle address, the cornerstone for the George Street synagogue was laid. The synagogue formerly affiliated with the United Synagogue and established itself as a conservative congregation. Membership continued to increase throughout the 20th century and reached a peak of over 900 families in the 1960s. In 1957 land was acquired on Rimmon Road and the congregation’s present site was established. The building continues to be a major source of pride for B’nai Jacob’s membership and the community.

Throughout its history Congregation B’nai Jacob has been active in promoting the interests of the Greater New Haven community. Its members have been leaders both in Jewish and general society and have made social justice an important priority. The congregation has sponsored annual food, clothing and blood drives, provided assistance to charitable organizations that help the needy, homeless and disabled. In addition, B’nai Jacob has long stood at the forefront of the Zionist cause and was an advocate for the establishment for the State of Israel as early as the 1920’s. The synagogue continues to be a staunch supporter of Israel and the Israeli people.

Congregation B’nai Jacob is deeply proud of its history as an American synagogue devoted to the principles of patriotism, love of American and Jewish traditions, and the ability to adapt to changing times. As a conservative synagogue we strive to adhere to our faith within the context of contemporary life. The congregation is also proud of its prominence in the State of Connecticut and the community of greater New Haven. B’nai Jacob hopes to work closely with community leaders and activists toward a bright and promising future.

Impact To serve the Jewish community as well as the community at large via social action.  Goals: grow membership, grow endowment so we will be here to serve future generations, grow social action consciousness.
Needs
Increasing number of volunteers
Eliminating debt ($400,000)
Adhering to budget ($1.5 million)
Increasing programming to appeal to wider range members 
Fundraising to improve physical plant ($250k- $400k) 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Religion- Related / Judaism
Areas Served
Woodbridge
Bethany
Ansonia
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Wallingford
West Haven
Programs
Description
Topics have included Genetics, holiday celebrations, academic scholars, medical scholars and historical perspectives.
 
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Jody Dietch
Term Start Aug 2014
Email jody@bnaijacob.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 95%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Chair
Dr. Steven Fleischman
Company Affiliation volunteer
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Lynn Estra
Adam Gorelick
Rochelle Lauer
Jeff Leibowitz
Debra Levin
Stacey Perkins
Ken Sperling
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 6
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Board Co-Chair
Lynn Estra
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Email vp1@bnaijacob.org
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $1,568,285.00
Projected Expenses $1,568,285.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,241,201$7,193,421$7,044,362
Current Assets$449,705$327,954$285,659
Long-Term Liabilities$79,305$46,006$41,221
Current Liabilities$982,918$544,347$632,243
Total Net Assets$6,178,978$6,603,068$6,370,898
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Comments
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 75 Rimmon Rd
Woodbridge, CT 065252003
Primary Phone 203 3892111
Contact Email jody@bnaijacob.org
CEO/Executive Director Jody Dietch
Board Chair Dr. Steven Fleischman
Board Chair Company Affiliation volunteer

 

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