Bring on the (kosher) bug juice and light the havdalah campfire!  The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven offers grants and scholarships through their One Happy Camper Program (OHC).  This initiative, made possible through the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), enables children living throughout the Greater New Haven region to enjoy the fun, camaraderie and ruach integral to a Jewish overnight camping experience.

 “We’re fortunate to offer a “two prong program that includes 1. needs-blind incentive grants for first- time campers, 2. as well as needs-based aid for first-time and returning campers,” explains Lisa Stanger, Executive Director at Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. “This approach enables us to reach across a broad spectrum and impact many different families.”   

Specifically, this season’s One Happy Camper New Haven program awarded 39 first-time camper incentives that ranged from $500-$1,200, benefitting children from 11 area towns who are attending the following camps this summer: Camp Laurelwood, Camp Airy and Louise, URJ Eisner Camp, URJ Crane Lake, URJ Mitzvah Corp (US based program), Camp Pardas Chana, Camp Ramah in New England, BBYO Chapter Leadership Training Conference, Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, Eden Village Camp, Camp Ramah Sports Academy, Camp Avoda, Camp Gan Montreal and Poconos.

 Thanks to a first-time incentive grant, nine year old Jordan Hass of Orange will attend Camp Avodah in Middleboro, MA this summer.  Parents David and Lauren Hass “love that kids get to experience Judaism in a camp environment. We are so appreciative that the Jewish Foundation supplies this wonderful resource to members of the New Haven community.”

For those families seeking needs-based financial aid in order to make Jewish overnight camp a reality, One Happy Camper New Haven awarded $15,000 to 26 first-time and returning campers who are attending the following camps this summer:  Camp Laurelwood, Camp Chayolei Hamelach, URJ Crane Lake Camp, URJ Eisner Camp, Camp Pardas Chana Montreal, Camp Chomeish, Camp Gan Israel Parkville, Poconos, Detroit and Montreal, Camp Emunah, NY.  Israel Parkville, Poconos, Detroit and Montreal, Camp Emunah, NY.

 “Laurelwood has a generous scholarship program, but needs often exceed availability”, says Ari Golub, Director Camp Laurelwood.”  We are thankful that the Jewish Foundation is able to provide Jewish camping grants and scholarships to supplement what we can offer.  Our goal as a community should be to make Jewish camp available to every family, regardless of need.”

Kim and Jeff Math of Wallingford, are very grateful” that the Jewish Foundation One Happy Camper program will allow their three children to attend overnight camp this summer.Sophie (age 10) and Jada Math (14) will return to Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA for a four week session and Alex (16) will be attending NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) in Israel (through the Jewish Foundation’s Israel Experience Scholarship program).  “The application process was easy and the response was quick,” shares Kim Math, who credits her own positive Jewish camping experience as a key factor in her present-day “connection with Judaism.”  She “hopes the OHC effort will give our children the meaningful Jewish experiences they need.”

Multiple studies have shown time and again the impact Jewish camping has on the sustained and positive Jewish identity of our children and teens,” says Rabbi Michael Farbman, Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Orange.  “I am delighted that the New Haven community supports ALL the campers from our area going to Jewish summer camp… locally or a little further afield. Whether it is a parent raising kids with one income, or a family experiencing financial hardship, we can use communal resources to provide inspiring and exciting summer Jewish experience to our kids.  Kol Hakavod to the Jewish Foundation of GNH for leading this very important change!”

One Happy Camper New Haven is made possible thanks to the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, the Foundation for Jewish Camping (a national organization) and an anonymous local donor.  To find out how you can support this program, or other scholarship needs, contact the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, Lisa Stanger, Executive Director, 203-387-2424, For more information on camping, Israel, and college scholarships offered through the Jewish Foundation go to

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The Jewish Foundation can help you explore charitable opportunities that work for you. 

The Jewish Foundation is a trusted and expert resource for charitable gift planning and endowments and serves as a partner and resource for synagogues, local Jewish agencies, professional advisors and donors.

When you make a current gift or leave a bequest to the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, you not only benefit our community, but you can also support the causes that are important to you.  You can designate that your gift be used to provide unrestricted funds to help meet community needs now and in the future or to endow a permanent fund to aid identified programs, your synagogue, agencies, organizations, or initiatives (Jewish or not Jewish, in Greater New Haven, Israel or beyond) that are of particular interest to you and your family.

Lisa Stanger, Esq., Executive Director
Tiberius Halai, Grants and Gift Manager
Beth Kupcho, Scholarship and Philanthropy Manager
Stephanie Licsak, Controller

Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven
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Woodbridge, CT 06525
203-387-2424, ext. 382
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With the Jewish Foundation, you can establish a named Restricted/Designated Fund for your synagogue, for Jewish education, for the needy, for Israel, for the arts, or for any charitable program or organization that is important to you.

These funds can be established in honor of a family member, or in memory of loved ones, and will provide annual distributions, in perpetuity, to the designated organization(s). The Jewish Foundation will make annual distributions to the designated charitable organization and, in the fund agreement,  you can provide for a contingent beneficiary organization should the designated organization cease to exist, lose its tax-exempt status or substantially alter its mission.  Restricted/Designated Funds can be established with a minimum gift of $10,000.


ENDOWING YOUR JEWISH FEDERATION ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFT Designated/Restricted Funds for the benefit of the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign are called “PACE” (Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment) or “LOJE” (Lion of Judah Endowment).

A PACE fund is a designated/restricted fund which endows a donor’s UJA-Federation annual campaign gift. A LOJE fund is a type of PACE fund which provides a permanent endowment to perpetuate a woman’s annual Lion of Judah campaign gift.

PACE and LOJE funds allow our community, through permanent endowment funds dedicated to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign, to insure that we have funds available that will continue to provide for vital programs and services both in Greater New Haven, in Israel and overseas… for present and future generations.

A named PACE fund can be established with a minimum commitment of $10,000 or a LOJE fund with a minimum commitment of $100,000. Commitments of under $10,000 are pooled together in the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven’s Community PACE Fund.


DONOR ADVISED/PHILANTHROPIC FUNDS For individuals and families seeking active involvement in philanthropy, a Philanthropic Fund (also called a donor-advised fund) allows the donor to create a named fund that provides flexibility in charitable giving. A Philanthropic Fund allows the donor to recommend distributions to any qualified tax-exempt organization-think of it as a charitable checking account. The Foundation administers the fund, invests the assets, and the donor receives quarterly statements describing their fund’s activity. These funds are a wonderful way to involve the family in giving---the donor and his/her family can sit around the dinner table and decide to which charitable organizations they want their fund to distribute. These funds can be established with a minimum gift of $10,000.

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The Foundation administers and promotes the Build a Tzedakah program which enables young adults to establish their own Foundation endowment fund and also, in conjunction with the Center for Jewish Life and Learning, includes local programs, classes and projects on philanthropy.

The Build-a-Tzedakah program allows young adults to engage in charitable giving by contributing $600 from their Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts, with a match of $400 from a community donor. With this, the young adult now has a $1000 named charitable fund at the Jewish Foundation—they, or others, can add to the fund at anytime and in honor of special occasions- and, every December (Hannukah time), they will be given the opportunity to choose to which charity(ies) they want to make a distribution (distributions are based on the Jewish Foundation’s spending policy and must follow IRS regulations which include that they must be charitable and can only be made to US based public charities).


As part of its Build a Tzedakah program, the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven held a Pop-up Jewish teen giving circle. The teens, part of JTE (Jewish Teen Education) program, invited local organizations to present concerning funding needs. The program included discussion of philanthropic values, why people give, and how to give. The Jewish Foundation provided monies to the teens for their allocation process. The teens awarded the following grants: IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) for a teen civil rights travel program this summer; Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven for their Stars of David program providing post-adoption social support to adopted Jewish teens; JCC of Greater New Haven for their Makerspace.


Individuals or families can establish a named Unrestricted Fund at the Jewish Foundation with a minimum donation of $1,000. Unrestricted Funds allow the Foundation to meet the changing needs of the Jewish community through our grants process and community initiatives. Many community members have established such funds in honor of a special anniversary or birthday, or in memory of a loved one.


The Foundation’s professional staff and its centrality to the Jewish Federation insure continuous, permanent, and secure fund management and enhance donor confidence and prestige. In addition, placing endowment assets with the Jewish Foundation can serve to insulate financial management of an organization’s endowment from the vicissitudes that can occur through the organization’s own corporate governance. Many local Jewish organizations have entrusted endowments to the Jewish Foundation for administration and management--these include: The Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven, Congregation Beth Israel (Wallingford), Beth Israel (Orchard Street Shul)Cemetery Assocation, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, Temple Beth David, Ezra Academy, the JCC, Jewish Family Service, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Congregation Or Shalom, Congregation B’nai Jacob and Temple Beth Tikvah.