Dignity Grows Packing Party at the Jewish Federation of Western CT

On March 5, 2024, Cathy Conti, Program Manager, of the Jewish Federation of Western CT along with Rabbi Rhonda Nebel, Congregation B’nai Israel of Danbury, Susan Rubin, Adath Israel of Newtown, and Cantor Lilah Sugarman, UJC-United Jewish Center of Danbury had their first Dignity Grows Packing Party.  

Rabbi Nebel of Congregation B’nai Israel hosted the event with members of each congregation participating in packing 150 bags.  Each bag was packed with the same seven items of personal hygiene products. 

Cantor Sugarman of UJC Danbury lead the women in Chair Yoga along with the prayer, “Sanctuary”.

The Dignity Grows Organization, created by Jessica Zachs of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation in 2019 first engaged volunteers with hands on approach to address Period Poverty.  

The group of women were enthusiastic to learn more about the organization and the charities that were recipients of the Dignity Grows Bags.  


  • ARC of Danbury, founded over 4 decades ago for the purpose of facilitating interfaith cooperation in the Danbury area. Their mission is to alleviate the causes of violence, suffering and hate while advancing peace, justice, and human dignity.  

  • The Center of Empowerment and Education was formerly the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury.  They provide support services for victims of interpersonal violence in the form of counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and emergency shelter.  Empowerment for individuals to find their voice and choose their path toward healing as they rebuild their lives.

  • Morning Glory Breakfast Program which operates out of the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury, the Morning Glory Breakfast Program works in collaboration with other agencies to provide a safe and warm environment to the neediest in the area. Since opening in 2007, the program has served over 100,000 meals, both hot and cold breakfast. It also operates a Pantry that provides non-food items such as cleaning products, paper goods, and hygiene products. 

We are currently working on upcoming dates for our next Dignity Grows Packing Party.  If interested in participating, please contact Cathy Conti at cconti@jfed.net or call 203-405-7009.