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.
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
When Marlene Scharr’s youngest child was born with Down Syndrome, she thought about starting a group home for families who have members with intellectual challenges to celebrate Jewish traditions together. This initial vision inspired a gift in 1976 to the Foundation to establish the Jewish Association for Community Living (JCL) group homes in the Greater Hartford Jewish community.