The purpose of Chailights is to showcase the variety of ways your Federation impacts the various institutions and communities in Western and Northwestern Connecticut. Your support of the Federation enables us to build partnerships and support so many important endeavors.

We hope to give you a greater understanding of the value of your support 


Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust 

As part of our ongoing effort to support local nonprofit institutions, the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut is pleased to have provided a grant to help fund camperships for 23 young learners attending Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust's popular summer camp and academy series. At the summer camp and academy, children can explore nature, art, agriculture, and ecology in a fun, healthy, and stimulating outdoor environment. From farming fun to outdoor explorations, art adventures, or creative cooking, Flanders’ summer camp offers more than 60 programs to keep children ages 3 to 13 educated and entertained!  We consider Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust to be an amazing place and we are thrilled to be able to help make sure that children from all backgrounds can experience its incredible summer programs.

Yeshiva K'tana

​Rabbi Yehuda Brecher, Principal of Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury, invited Pauline Zimmerman, President of the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, to visit the Yeshiva’s campus last week. Pauline noted that she was excited to see the ongoing upgrades to the campus and was especially pleased to see the enthusiasm of the students who attend the Yeshiva. The Federation is proud to support Yeshiva K’tana, and other religious schools in our catchment area, with direct funding to offset the cost of educating our community’s students. In addition, the Federation provides direct funding to students and families in the form of campership grants and scholarships for college students and study in Israel programs.


Partnership with United Way to Support First Responders and Essential Workers 

The Jewish Federation regularly supports a variety of social services organizations in Western and Northwestern Connecticut that provide for the most needy and vulnerable among us. During the pandemic, the workload undertaken by these social services organizations substantially increased, and our Grants and Allocations Committee increased its support accordingly. However, the Committee also wanted to find a way to provide direct support to individuals, especially essential and front-line workers, who have suffered financially during the pandemic.

Working with our friends at the United Way of Greater Waterbury, we are pleased to report that we are making that happen. As a result of a $25,000 gift from the Federation, the United Way of Greater Waterbury and the Jewish Federation of Western CT recently announced a partnership to provide $200 gift cards to 120 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families who are or were employed in essential roles such as transportation, childcare, and grocery workers to help meet their basic needs. We are truly honored to be able to provide support to those in our community who put themselves at risk for the benefit of others.



Federation President Pauline M. Zimmerman coordinated an effort to deliver holiday cheer and financial support to local toy drives run by the Southbury Police Department and the Community Council of Woodbury.


Jewish Education

Our Executive Director Gary Jones met with administrators at Mesivta Yesodei Hatorah in Naugatuck earlier in the week. With your financial support, our Jewish Federation provides per-student funding to all religious schools (including synagogue Hebrew Schools and day schools) that provide Jewish education to our youth throughout our Federation communities.