Expanding Behavioral Health Options at Hebrew Senior Care

Expanding Behavioral Health Options at Hebrew Senior Care

The Foundation joined with many of our community’s major donors to assist Hebrew Senior Care (HSC) with its impressive plan to transform its business model from an acute care ward to an expanded Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). The expansion has doubled HSC’s capacity to...

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Powerful Together: Addressing COVID-19

Powerful Together: Addressing COVID-19

We are always more powerful when we come together as a community to respond to a crisis. That’s why the Foundation and the Jewish Federation established the Jewish Hartford Rapid Relief and Recovery Fund (RRR Fund) in March 2020 to help people, agencies and synagogues impacted by COVID-19. The Foundation and Federation seeded the RRR Fund with $150,000. In the first months of the crisis, staff from the Foundation, Federation and Jewish Family Services (JFS) procured and delivered food each week, including hot kosher meals for Passover, plus Dignity Grows hygiene products to 125 Jewish families in need in 19 towns in Greater Hartford. The food program was eventually transitioned to JFS, which is doing a tremendous job serving the community’s needs.

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Teen Explores his Values Through his Fund

Teen Explores his Values Through his Fund

“Philanthropy allows me to support organizations that share my values, spread the blessings I have been lucky enough to receive, and give back to the communities where I have lived and worked,” says Jack Hutensky.  Jack’s parents started a Donor Advised Fund for...

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Helping People in Need

Helping People in Need

Grants from Donor Advised Fund holders are improving the quality of life for clients with limited finances at the Jewish Association for Community Living (JCL). "Gifts from the Foundation's generous donors allowed our residents to receive rental assistance,...

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Music Empowers Neighborhood Children

Music Empowers Neighborhood Children

Donor Advised Fund holders are supporting Music Matters, a first of its kind program for underserved children in Hartford. Hosted the by Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Institute, students in grades 4 and 5 enjoy free private and ensemble instrumental music instruction in a comprehensive afterschool program four days a week, as well as food and homework assistance.

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JewGood Hartford Redefines Philanthropy

JewGood Hartford Redefines Philanthropy

Will millennials be the generation that redefines philanthropy? Studies show millennials want to be more experimental and data-driven in their giving, and more personally involved in addressing long-standing social challenges. Steve Piaker thinks JewGood Hartford...

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Endowment in Action

Endowment in Action

Frank Kavitsky left a legacy gift decades ago that has provided remarkable support every year. His legacy will continue far into the future, since he entrusted the Foundation with a planned gift before he passed away in 1998. Since he left this gift of $1.2 million, the fund has granted out nearly $1 million to the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and his fund’s balance is $1.5 million — even larger than his original gift. That is endowment in action!

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JTConnect Receives Springboard Grant

JTConnect Receives Springboard Grant

Jewish Teen Learning Connection (JTConnect), which demonstrated impressive growth in the last few years, was awarded a three-year Springboard grant of $120,000. The grant is being used to support a second staff member at JTConnect, allowing Executive Director Eric Maurer to spend more time working on fundraising, board development and engagement and strategic planning. “Growing our programming and strengthening our operation would not be possible if it weren’t for the Foundation’s Springboard grant,” says Eric.

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Taking a Stand Against Racial Injustice

Taking a Stand Against Racial Injustice

To help advance racial, economic and legal justice for the Black community, JCF’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to grant $10,000 to the YWCA Hartford Region for its advocacy programs and $10,000 to the Urban League of Greater Hartford to support economic empowerment. In an unusual departure from utilizing its Community Grants Program funds to support local Jewish institutions exclusively, JCF’s staff and leadership initiated these grants, due to extraordinary circumstances in our community and country. “Times like these demand that we not only speak out against racism, but also match our words with tangible support,” says Jacob Schreiber, President and CEO of the Foundation.

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Preserving Jewish History

Preserving Jewish History

How have the Jewish people survived for thousands of years? Dr. Jeffrey Rudikoff pondered this question 55 years ago after his first child was born. “With a tiny minority dispersed throughout the world, Judaism should have vanished, but

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