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Funds raised by the Annual Campaign of the UJA-Federation are allocated to a number of programs and organizations locally, nationally, in Israel and overseas. 


The Allocation proposals are reviewed and recommended each year by an Allocations Committee, comprised of community representatives and leadership from our donors, synagogues, and local Jewish community organizations.


Below is a list of programs and organizations that are supported by our Annual Campaign.  As you can see, your gift to the UJA-Federation touches many lives, in many ways.


Fulfill your responsibility to the community, and please make a meaningful gift to the Annual Campaign today.




Dear Steven,

It is my pleasure to send you the Jewish Agency’s 2011 Annual Report. This is also an opportunity for me to sincerely thank you for the deep partnership between the Jewish Agency and the Federation movement and for all of your support.

As you know, the Jewish Agency is headed in a new direction, and while not deviating from our historic vision of Aliyah, we understand the need to strengthen the bonds between the State of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they may be. We understand that the State cannot exist without its People and the Jewish People cannot exist without the State. We understand that perhaps today’s greatest challenge and imperative for the Jewish people is to ensure our bonds of Peoplehood and to strengthen Jewish identity amongst our people. That’s why our Board of Governors – representatives of the Federations, Keren Hayesod and World Zionist Organization - unanimously approved our new strategic plan: “Securing the Jewish Future: Forging a Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish People.”

I hope you will look through and enjoy our Annual Report which is written in this spirit.  The report, which you can access at the link, not only highlights the Jewish Agency’s rich programs which will help fulfill this mission, but also provides details of our financial situation through our 2010 financial statements. Please, do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or require any additional information.

I look forward to continuing to work closely with you in the coming year,


Dr. Misha Galperin

President & CEO

Jewish Agency

International Development





Bureau of Jewish Education

supports the educational programs of our community's Jewish pre-schools and synagogue religious schools, provides a Community Library at the JCC, organizes the PJ Library program for our community, facilitates the Frank Jacoby Foundation Jewish Lecture Series, and provides additional resources to enhance the lives and Jewish identity of those in our community.


CT B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO CT Valley Region)

enhances Jewish identity for Jewish high-school youth, with informal education, social and community services programs.


Ezra Academy

a Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School located in Woodbridge, for Jewish students from all affiliations, serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.


The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University

provides academic and cultural experiences for the student body and the community at large, and supports a Jewish student group on campus.



provides Jewish programming for developmentally disabled adults.


MERKAZ Community High School for Judaic Studies

provides more than 225 local Jewish teenagers with the opportunity to learn about their culture, heritage and history, through creative and traditional courses, while fostering a sense of social and community cohesion.


University of Connecticut Hillel

provides 1,200 Jewish students on campus with Jewish experiences and programming.


Yeshiva Gedolah of Bridgeport

a college level school of Jewish talmudic studies, provided in tandem with accredited college programs in the Greater Bridgeport community.





Birthright Israel

provides a first time, peer group, educational trip to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26.


Missions To Israel

Bi-annual Youth Missions to Israel with Mifgash Israel (through MERKAZ) to explore their Jewish identity.  Annual Adult/family Community Missions to travel and study in Israel, including Afula/Gilboa.




Jewish Chaplaincy Program

supports rabbinic visits to the elderly and sick in area hospitals.


Jewish Family Service

provides social services including counseling, mental health, adoption and senior services.


Jewish Home for the Elderly

provides senior healthcare, skilled nursing, housing and community-based services required to achieve the highest quality of life attainable.


Kosher Hot Lunch and Transportation

serves Kosher lunches each day for seniors, and transports participants to and from the meal site to participate in the program.


Mikvah Israel

community ritual bath for a multitude of religious needs.




Anti-Defamation League

combats anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds, and promotes fair treatment to all citizens.


Community Closet

local Bridgeport site for the collection and free distribution of clothes and household items to needy people in our community.


Community Relations Commission

the eyes, ears and voice of the Jewish community, interpreting issues and acting upon them.



A central home for the community, the JCC provides space for a multitude of community meetings and programs, Kosher food, and community-wide events.  The Center provides direct programming in education, recreation, health & fitness and social services for children, families, adults, and older adults.  The JCC also offers financial aid for participants who cannot afford the pay program and membership fees.




Provides for the costs of offices, program space, overhead and administrative support for Bureau of Jewish Education, Community Relations Commission, Merkaz, Young Emissaries, Kosher Hot Lunch & Transportation, and the UJA/Federation Annual Campaign.


Israel Emergency Campaign


Unfortunately, recent history has shown that our beloved State of Israel continues to be attacked, and must at times fight for her very survival.  When such terrible conditions require, the UJA-Federation springs into action to run Israel Emergency Campaigns (2002, 2006), to support the civilian needs of Israelis during times of extreme duress.


In addition, the UJA-Federation solicits specialized gifts and grants for targeted programs, such as the Community Closet, Merkaz and others, and runs limited Campaigns when worldwide conditions require (Tsunami, Katrina, etc).  The UJA-Federation will also accept gifts and grants designated for specific (approved) programs and organizations.


For more information about how your gift helps others, or to make your gift to the UJA-Federation Annual Campaign, please contact Linda Epstein at 372-6567, Ext. 175, or at linda@jccs.org.