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Statement in Support of the Black Community

On this Juneteenth, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford declares its solidarity with the Black community and supports its just struggle to eradicate the racist elements and structures in our society that have prevented the Black community from achieving economic and social equality, security and justice – and have caused unimaginable grief and incalculable deaths of its people.

We hear the voices and see the pain of the Black community, and honor the peaceful protests taking place in the wake of recent tragedies.

The commitment to pursuing justice and elevating human dignity are cornerstones of our sacred Jewish values. Our Torah repeatedly commands us to be kind to -- and actively champion -- the oppressed. It also proclaims that every individual is created B’tzelem Elohim, in G-d’s image.

The Foundation pledges to support efforts to realize meaningful societal change and will be making grants to further racial justice. We encourage our community and neighbors to join with the Black community in this growing movement to root out racism and fashion a more equitable country.

The Trustees and Staff of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

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Community Update - Coronavirus

Dear Friends,

It's a challenging time in our country and in our community, but our Jewish community is not losing hope -- or our steely resolve. We just don’t have that luxury.

Our tradition teaches us that to “save a life is to save a whole world.” It is this notion, along with our credo that “all the children of Israel are responsible for one another,” that has inspired our community to once again band together to help each other get through these tough times.

I truly believe these are some of the reasons 450 people have answered our call to support the Jewish Hartford Rapid Relief and Recovery Fund (RRR Fund), established in partnership with our Jewish Federation. With initial funding of $150,000 from us and Federation, the RRR Fund has grown to nearly $887,000. 

Thanks to your generous, caring gifts, the RRR Fund is offering emergency financial assistance, food and vital social services to individuals and families in need. Here are how your gifts are making an impact:
  •    135 households in 19 towns - including homebound seniors and Holocaust survivors - have received 2,500 prepared kosher meals and 550 bags of kosher groceries delivered directly to their homes. 
  •    Dozens of homebound seniors are receiving weekly phone calls from volunteers to help them feel less isolated. And, an additional 250 community members have received a phone call to make sure that they’re okay. 
     
We are now in the process of establishing a Hebrew Free Loan Fund to provide larger amounts of financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans. 

Please encourage anyone who needs assistance to visit https://www.jewishhartford.org/get-help-covid19

You may also wish to donate to the RRR Fund by clicking here. Or, you can choose to make a contribution through your donor advised fund held at the Foundation or at any other commercial or charitable institution. Either way, 100% of your contribution will be used to help those affected by COVID-19 in Greater Hartford's Jewish community. For more information, email Michael Elfenbaum: melfenbaum@jcfhartford.org. 

Your contributions to the RRR Fund are not intended to replace your regular support for local Jewish organizations. We encourage you to continue supporting them at your current levels. Above and beyond this generosity, we are grateful for any gift you give to the RRR Fund.

Following is some important information regarding the Foundation’s activities related to COVID-19. Please click here: https://www.jcfhartford.org/Learn/JCFBlog/tabid/256/PostID/91/Community-Update--Coronaviros.aspx

Thanks for your support, strength and generosity. 


Jacob Schreiber

President & CEO