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$500,000 in grants awarded to area synagogue and agencies | 22-Dec-2013

In the last few days of 2013, the Jewish Federation and Foundation are thrilled to announce the completing of tranche one of their grant program with the awarding of $500,000 in grants.

This represents one-half of total grant monies to be awarded, the remaining $500,000 will be awarded during the first half of 2014. The past five years have been a period of extended economic challenge globally, and many New Haven Jewish institutions are experiencing crisis or distress. In response to this context of crisis, the Jewish Foundation with the collaboration of the Jewish Federation, offered this extraordinary program to existing local Jewish organizations to provide funds to enable them to restructure and adapt, or to address their most urgent needs. The aim is to help the most distressed organizations to survive, and to prevent the less distressed organizations from suffering greater or structural damage or loss. This initiative will enable local Jewish agencies, organizations and synagogues to apply for grants matching, dollar for dollar, funds they raise for capital improvement as well as innovative community initiatives. A grants committee consisting of members from both the Foundation and Federation will administer this program. “Under their guidance I am confident this program will help build our community and make it attractive to new, as well as to existing members.” Don Hendel, President of the Jewish Federation stated. The program is an investment in the future for all Jewish people and organizations throughout the New Haven area. It will go a long way to sustain existing services for young and old. "We are excited to receive proposals that have high potential to stimulate fundraising and help implement innovative projects that will benefit the community," Said Dena Schulman-Green, Grants committee member. The matching grant monies are made possible thanks to the unrestricted funds of the Jewish Foundation. Grants were awarded to the following organizations (note, these are grant awards from tranche one only. In 2014 additional awards will be announced):




Program/Project for which Grant Awarded

 BBYO, Inc


"BBYO Connect" program to engage middle-school students

 Congregation B’nai Jacob and Ezra Academy


Partial roof replacement

 Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven


Capital improvements and modernization of sanctuary and synagogue buildings

Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel


Replacement of antiquated, broken, non-insulated windows

Congregation Beth Israel (Orchard Street Shul)


Installation of elevator to provide accessibility

Congregation Mishkan Israel


To increase safety and security through repaving parking lot and fire road, lighting and installation of structures

Congregation Or Shalom


Capital projects and improvements


 Jewish Family Service of New Haven, Inc.


Expansion of existing emergency food program into multi-functional "Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Clinic" to provide social services to most vulnerable in our community

Jewish High School of Connecticut


 Jewish educator to develop and lead "Journey: Jewish Teens Program"

The Westville Synagogue


Replacement of air conditioning system to insure sanctuary is usable all year

Total Tranche One Grant Awards



Note, these unrestricted fund grant awards are in addition to the $1.6million in distributions ($1.3million for local Jewish organizations and synagogues) made in the fiscal year ending July 31, 2013, from Foundation restricted, custodial and donor advised funds.


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