When Carolyn and Michael Levine’s youngest child was born just after they moved to West Hartford from Milwaukee, their Jewish neighbors offered to help out by babysitting their other two kids. This is one of the fond memories they have of moving and settling into Greater Hartford.
The Levines wanted to raise their three children in a Jewish community and enjoy shared cultural experiences with friends. Over the years, they have explored the breadth of offerings in Greater Hartford, from sending their kids to the Mandell JCC’s Camp Shalom and Solomon Schechter Day School to engaging in religious and ethical discussions at Emanuel Synagogue, and from attending the JCC’s Jewish film festivals and book fairs to celebrating their heritage at the Walks for Israel.
“We experienced the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger from the moment we arrived,” says Carolyn. “When you are among Jewish people, you feel comfortable calling on each other.” “People have been kind to us — they genuinely care,” adds Michael.
Grateful for their meaningful family experiences, Michael and Carolyn are investing in Greater Hartford’s Jewish community through a JCF Community Action Fund. “We want this community to flourish for our children and grandchildren,” says Carolyn. “We trust the Foundation will find innovative ways to keep people committed and ensure the community’s vibrant future.”