Stories About Lasting Impact

The stories we share showcase our donors’ values in action. We’re proud to help our donors realize their values, goals and vision for a vibrant Jewish future for generations to come.

Family Philanthropy During the Pandemic

Family Philanthropy During the Pandemic

When the world seems chaotic, Sean White finds solace by looking at a photo of his grandmother making matzah balls. This is Sean’s most treasured memory of Miriam Toubman.  More than 30 years...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Funding Educational Dreams

Funding Educational Dreams

Education was very important to Barbara and Leizor Kessel, so they created a scholarship fund to benefit Jewish students from Greater Hartford pursuing higher education. When they passed, the...

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Lillian Fund Inspires Giving and Action

Lillian Fund Inspires Giving and Action

Karen Binkhorst’s first gift to the Foundation’s Lillian Fund was in honor of her mother for Mother’s Day. “I made donations in my mother’s name for several years, but I wanted to be more involved...

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JCF Welcomes New Chair, Two New Trustees

JCF Welcomes New Chair, Two New Trustees

Announces New Chair and Members to its Board of Trustees  October 20, 2020 – Three prominent community leaders will serve on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater...

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Endowing Social Services

Endowing Social Services

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...

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