2022 Annual Campaign for Communal Needs

Federation cares for people in need here in Fairfield County, in Israel, and around the world. We do good everywhere by responding in times of crisis and through our dedication to nurturing the Jewish community today and for future generations. The Federation is all of us—the people of Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, working together to repair the world and to keep Jewish life strong and thriving.

In order to respond in times of crisis, we must always be prepared—long before an unforeseen event takes place. More than anything else we do, the Campaign for Communal Needs encapsulates the values and traditions of the North American Jewish Community. It demonstrates that we care about people, not their politics or religious practices. It illustrates that we are always ready, as a community, to address critical, and often life-threatening, issues.

Please contribute to ensure that when we are needed, we are ready.

Thanks to an anonymous donor all new and increased gifts will be matched up to $25,000!

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Community Impact


Where It's Needed Most

Goal: Unlimited | Raised: $218,147

Let UJF decide which of the programs on this menu your dollars will support.

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The Infrastructure of UJF

Goal: $295,000 | Raised: $272,519

Help keep the UJF engine running so we can continue to strengthen our community.

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Israel & Global Jewry

Goal: Unlimited | Raised: $120,923

Join UJF's commitment to maintaining the vibrancy & continuity of our global Jewish family through social welfare needs, Jewish education, and safety.

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Communal Scholarship Fund

Goal: Unlimited | Raised: $12,721

Help provide funding to schools, camps, & more by providing scholarships to local organizations.

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Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Goal: $86,000 | Raised: $84,385 (98%)

Fund UJF's JCRC representing the Jewish community's interests & concerns to public officials & agencies, the media, & the community at large. It promotes tikkun olam (repair the world) through advocacy & action.

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LIFE & LEGACY®

Goal: $82,000 | Raised: $25,600 (31%)

Help assure our community's Jewish tomorrows with LIFE & LEGACY®, an initiative spearheaded & funded by UJF on behalf of the community. With support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, UJF helps communal organizations promote legacy giving. Incentives are paid by UJF to mobilize organizations to reach their goals.

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JFEST

Goal: $67,200 | Raised: $0 (0%)

Help Stamford JCC bring a free, public, outdoor festival with performances & activities to life. Celebrate the tremendous growth our Jewish community has had recently!

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New Jewish Voice Newspaper

Goal: $64,000 | Raised: $48,583 (76%)

Keep UJF's community publication, New Jewish Voice, free! We keep 10,000+ readers in touch with Jewish news, activities, partner agencies, & community events. All communal organizations submit articles & photos free of charge in each issue. The paper is a central marketing piece for our community.

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Communal Security

Goal: $60,000 | Raised: $39,178 (65%)

Keep our local Jewish community safe amid a growing threat of hatred & antisemitism. Money raised will help fund UJF's Regional Security Advisor who trains & advises local agencies & institutions.

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Community Shaliach (Israel Emissary)

Goal: $50,000 | Raised: $37,100 (74%)

Help UJF host a Shaliach who will work throughout our community. This communal position, through a partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, will work with all synagogues, agencies, & schools, connecting our community to Israel. (Partially funded by private donors).

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NextGen

Goal: $50,000 | Raised: $3,214 (6%)

Connect young Jews in their mid-20s. 30s, & 40s, from all backgrounds & affiliations. UJF's NextGen program is dedicated to building a better, stronger Jewish community in Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Israel, & throughout the world with social events, volunteer programs, educational activities, & philanthropy.

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Engagement & Affinity Groups

Goal: $37,000 | Raised: $27,650 (75%)

Provide a platform for communal engagement through our Affinity Groups. These UJF groups connect community members with similar personal or professional interests, or who are in a similar life stage. Groups include lawyers, doctors, business professionals, Boomers, grandparents, empty nesters, & more.

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Community Jewish Experience

Goal: $24,650 | Raised: $2,000 (8%)

Enable Congregation Agudath Sholom to collaborate with local organizations to foster a welcoming, engaging, & thought-provoking educational and social experience, Jewish understanding, & more. Programming will include Shabbat meals & an annual retreat.

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Shalom/Welcome Program

Goal: $18,000 | Raised: $3,680 (20%)

Ensure all newcomers get a proper "shalom" from the UF family. New community members get a personal visit & information to connect Jewishly. Shalom Baby welcomes new babies in the UJF family with gifts & relevant information for parents.

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Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Goal: $12,000 | Raised: $5,010 (42%)

Help UJF & the Board of Rabbis bring the community together to remember individuals & entire communities lost in the Shoah.

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Social Services & Senior Support


Building Support Through Connections

Goal: $33,600 | Raised: $2,000 (6%)

Partner with Schoke JFS to provide groups & resources programming in several areas of life, including, but not limited to, healthy relationships, bereavement support, and support for caregivers of a loved one.

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Senior Care Navigator

Goal: $30,250 | Raised: $4,040 (13%)

Enable Schoke JFS to hire a social worker as Senior Care Navigator, providing a full range of geriatric care management services to Stamford, New Canaan, & Darien senior communities.

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Holocaust Survivor Emergency Fund

Goal: $20,000 | Raised: $6,565 (33%)

Help meet emergency needs of local Holocaust Survivors. These funds raised by UJF are matched by Kavod Shef, a national organization dedicated to Survivors. Funds enable Schoke JFS to support local Holocaust Survivors.

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GROW YOU! Financial Education & Employment Support

Goal: $11,200 | Raised: $1,500 (13%)

Work with Schoke JFS to offer financial one-on one coaching sessions, a small group counseling program titled "Life Transitions", & quarterly virtual workshops titled "Grow You!".

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Youth & Young Adult


Support Services Program

Goal: $89,600 | Raised: $14,919 (17%)

Partner with Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy to provide a Resource Specialist for both their Middle & Upper Schools. This will help students to succeed academically, socially, & emotionally.

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Mental Health Services & Wellness for Adolescents and Youth

Goal: $56,000 | Raised: $4,385 (8%)

Allow Schoke JFS to expand their clinical department to provide services to youth & teens experiencing depression & anxiety.

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Community Chesed/Tikkun Olam Program

Goal: $50,400 | Raised: $6,283 (12%)

Enable BI-Cultural Hebrew Academy to retain a part-time program coordinator & van driver to transport students to meaningful chesed opportunities. This non-academic part of the school day instills important Jewish values.

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PJ Library & PJ Our Way Programming

Goal: $40,000 | Raised: $11,576 (29%)

Work with UJF to provide ongoing programming, engagement. & outreach opportunities through the PJ Library & PJ Our Way platforms.

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Mitzvah Makers

Goal: $22,400 | Raised: $2,928 (13%)

Join Temple Beth El's efforts to engage local middle schoolers in social action/social justice activities & projects. This program provides monthly mitzvah opportunities, including educational and hands-on components, and partners with local organizations like UJF, Schoke JFS, JCC, & more.

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One Happy Camper

Goal: $18,000 | Raised: $8,500 (47%)

Support UJF to offer first-time campers attending Jewish summer camp a one-time grant up to $1,000 through a partnership with One Happy Camper. Grants are available to first-time attendees not currently enrolled in day school.

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TS Inspire

Goal: $15,120 | Raised: $2,636 (17%)

Empower Temple Sinai & community teens to transition beyond B'nai Mitzvah. Through newly funded opportunities, participating teens will continue to connect to Temple Sinai & engage the community beyond.

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Inclusion Fair

Goal: $9,700 | Raised: $1,460 (15%)

Support Friendship Circle's teen volunteer-led educational inclusion fair. This year, elementary & middle-school-aged children will visit booths to learn about different special needs, giving them tools & language to become ambassadors of inclusion.

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UCONN Stamford Hillel Shabbat

Goal: $8,400 | Raised: $6,925 (82%)

Provide Shabbat programming & meals for UCONN Stamford students. Funding will help bring Storrs Hillel students to Stamford for expanded social opportunities for students on both the Stamford and Storrs campuses.

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