Staying Connected

Dear Friend,


The last two years have presented a challenge to all of us to stay connected to family, friends and our community. We are proud that the JCC has played a large role in maintaining and strengthening bonds. 


This past year proved that our JCC is a great “connector”, just look at what we have accomplished together.


  • 350 campers participated in the JCC Day Camps in summer 2022. Summer camp is a priceless experience for children to connect with friends and an invaluable service for working families. 

  • Our Beverly Levy Early Learning Center has grown by nearly 50% and now includes 100 children, providing crucial care and education to children and their parents. 

  • The Beckerman Cultural Arts series reached hundreds of people either in their homes or in person bringing Jewish life and engagement to everyone.

  • Our commitment to inclusion gave individuals with disabilities and their families more opportunities to connect with community. Our student interns from the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center showed us how important vocational opportunities are for all involved. 


Every month, we have over 16,000 visits through our doors. Community support has allowed our JCC to remain a vibrant center for all.


Your dedication, generosity, and participation makes all this connection possible!


Your support of our Friends of the J Campaign will continue to keep us vibrant and connected.


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

The Impact of a Gift to Friends of the J

  • Friends of the J opens the door to programs like JCC Day Camps, early childhood education and afterschool programs - especially for the 80+ participants who receive needs-based scholarships.

  • Friends of the J provides access to JCC programs and events for adults and children with disabilities.

  • Friends of the J enables virtual and in-person cultural arts programming, including film & author talks, live performance, and the 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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