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Dear Friend,


Never has the metaphor, “the light at the end of the tunnel” felt more appropriate. After so much struggle, many more opportunities are opening up in our area. Here at the JCC, we are reopening services and programs as we innovate new offerings.


We are so happy and gratified to see the life returning to the halls of the facility. Our Day Camp had a banner summer season serving hundreds of children. Our Beverly Levy Early Learning Center enrollment is growing again, swimmers are enjoying the pool, group exercisers are renewing their friendships in person and the JCC community is coming back to life.


Our members, ones that remained members throughout this difficult time, some that our returning from pausing their membership and others who are new to the JCC, are the lifeblood of the JCC and its true owners. While the future looks brighter, every non-profit member organization was hurt by the events of the last 18 months and our JCC is no exception. As our programs ramp up, we need your help.


Please consider supporting the Friends of the J Campaign. Your gift helps us restore services to those in the community that need it the most, whether it is scholarships for our early learning center or restarting programs for those most vulnerable in our community. Your gift helps give us the ability to reach everyone.


David Sirowich, JCC President

Scott Cohen, JCC Executive Director

"I don’t know what we would do without the JCC. I’ve been coming here for many years, my family has been here for many years, and we use everything here at the JCC. My kids have gone to school here, we have coffee in the mornings here, we use the fitness center, my kids have done the aquatics, the dancing, the basketball and had birthday parties here. I feel so passionately about being able to be here and dedicate some of my time and resources and help out in any way that I can."

-David Sirowich, JCC President

How Friends of the J Annunal Fundraising Campaign Helps

  • Friends of the J helps open the door to our wonderful programs like JCC Day Camps, early childhood education and afterschool programs. This is especially so, for the 80 participants who receive needs-based scholarships.

  • Friends of the J enables us to provide access and programming to adults and children with disabilities.

  • Friends of the J supports cultural arts; including film, author talks, theatre, and visual arts.


The Spirit of Community

The people make the JCC special. Not only the members, but the people who work here. The demand on the employees at the J is very high, but they enjoy what they do and it shows. The JCC has been through a lot and the pandemic could easily have broken our spirit. But it didn't. If anything, it strengthened the people within this community and brought us closer together. The JCC is an asset to this community. We need to do everything we can to support it. It's our turn to step up to the challenge just as every JCC employee does ever day.

-Craig Riegelhaupt


Home Away From Home

"When I think of the JCC, I think of our greater New Haven Jewish Community. I can remember dropping my children off at the babysitting room, early in the morning, to allow for my workouts at the fitness center. This is where I knew my children were safe, social and occupied.

For me, the JCC provided a wonderful environment for meetings, socialization, cultural programs and fitness. Café 360 is fantastic. So many of us look forward to grabbing a coffee, lunch and a meal to go. It is our place to gather and chat or just kick back and enjoy the games of Mahjong, Canasta and Bridge. There is always someone looking for a game!

The JCC is a place I call home.  My children, while they are grown now, forged lifelong friendships over the years through JCC Day Camp, Playscape and Biddy Basketball,  just to mention a few.

The JCC continues to host all ages, even those that continue to return after so many years. It is generational; it is the center of it all."

-Stacey Trachten 



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