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Our Community Relations Council
While our Federation plays a powerful role in harnessing our community’s collective tzedakah  to support our extended Jewish family here at home and around the world, our community has the potential for collective efforts that go beyond financial support. We see some of that power in programs such as the Federation’s new  Book Buddies  reading-mentor program, where volunteers are providing literacy support for local students.
If we can bring together leaders from throughout our community to harness our collective voices and energy around issues of social action, equality of opportunity, building interfaith relationships, and standing against bigotry and hatred, we can make a profound impact. In many communities, this is the role of a Jewish Community Relations Council (CRC).
I am delighted to report that two wonderful leaders in our community, Barbara Schellenberg and Arthur Gang, have stepped forward to co-chair a new CRC for our Upper Fairfield County community. 
It is our hope that others from throughout the community will join together with Barbara and Arthur to create a diverse steering committee that represents the geographic reach of our Federation.

As a launching pad for this process, and to better understand the impact that CRCs are having across the country, we are excited to invite you to a special program on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Federation offices (4200 Park Ave., Suite 300, Bridgeport) with  our special guest speaker, David Bernstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the national organization bringing together CRCs across the country

David’s topic will be “Immigration, Criminal Justice Reform, and Educational Opportunity: What We Can Do as a Community.”
I hope you will be able to join us, and I ask your assistance in spreading the word to others (in your congregations, organizations, and other circles) that you believe would be interested in attending, and, potentially, participating in the development of our own CRC. 

Together, as a community, we can make a powerful difference.
Thank you.
Are you a kid who is passionate about food?
Do you love Israel?
Get your creative juices flowing and create a piece of art highlighting Israeli cuisine.
All submissions will be displayed at our "Taste of Israel" Food Festival on June 10 and reviewed by our panel of celebrity judges. Winners will be featured in our post-event marketing and displayed in our offices following the festival.
All participants will receive two free entries to the festival.
The Adis Scout troop in Afula is a great leadership-development program, primarily engaging kids in the Ethiopian community.

The troop and our Federation Israeli Emissaries are raising money to help low-income Adis members enjoy a two-week summer camp, where scouts build their own campsite, prepare their own meals, and learn about the history and future of Israel.
Looking to make a difference?
Get involved in Jewish education! 

Looking for dynamic, passionate and engaging teachers for Upper Fairfield County Jewish religious schools.
Positions available for weekday and Sunday programs.

with your resume and the days of the week you are available and she will forward your information to the various Religious School directors.

from our community partners

Sunday, June 3 ~ 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6 ~ 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 ~ 4:30-8:30 p.m.
materials and meals will be provided free of charge

Jewish Senior Services
4200 Park Ave., Bridgeport

Ellen Ashkins: (203) 365-6417 / eashkins@jseniors.org