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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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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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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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Foundation and Federation Grant $600,000 to Address Pandemic-Related Needs

Foundation and Federation Grant $600,000 to Address Pandemic-Related Needs

WEST HARTFORD, CT (December 14, 2020) – Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford have distributed more than $600,000 in grants to the people, agencies, and synagogues of Greater Hartford’s Jewish community experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic. The grants were made through the Jewish Hartford Rapid Relief and Recovery Fund (RRR Fund), a joint initiative created in March 2020 in response to the pandemic.

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Grants in Action