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Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charities is Dead Wrong

In November, JFACT along with other non-profit organizations attended the Annual Connecticut Non-Profits Conference. The guest speaker was Dan Pallotta, who also spoke earlier in the month at the JFNA General Assembly in Washington, D.C.

Pallotta questions how the nonprofit world is communicating their message and ways the community can stand up for itself and how it can really change the world.

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Visit with Ariela Lowenstein

ArielaProfessor Ariela Lowenstein joined several community members for lunch on November 19, 2015. She discussed happenings at the college and around Israel. Professor Ariela Lowenstein is the President at Max Stern Yezreel Valley College located in the Afula region of Israel, our “Sister City”. The College has a special parnership with several schools in America, including University of St. Joseph, in West Hartford, CT. Professor Lowenstein publishes extensively, having close to 200 publications. She has written two books in Hebrew, and is co-editor or co-author of four books in English. She is the recipient of numerous competitive research grants, prestigious scholarships, and national and international awards. 


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Rachel Rosenberg, Former JFACT Intern, is honored at the 2015 Blue Card Annual Benefit Gala

rachel1Rachel Rosenberg was honored at the 2015 Blue Card Annual Benefit Gala on Monday, November 16, 2015, at the New York City Library. Rachel was an intern for Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) while in college at University of Hartford  in 2013. Anna Huttner, from JFACT, attended the Gala and expressed how pleased and proud the community is with Rachel’s accomplishments.

Rachel’s commitment and involvement to The Blue Card began when she was an AmeriCorp VISTA Community Liaison this past year, working closely to increase capacity to support Holocaust survivors in New York. Currently Rachel is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Columbia University. Rachel was introduced at the Gala by Lucy DeVito, daughter of Danny DeVito ad Rhea Perlman.

The Blue Card was established by the Jewish community in Germany in 1934, rachelto help Jews already being affected by Nazi restrictions through loss of jobs, forcibly closed businesses and other forms of oppression.In 1939, The Blue Card was reestablished in the United States to continue aiding refugees of Nazi persecution resettling in America.

After the Holocaust, the mission of the organization was expanded to help survivors of the Shoah from all European countries. The Blue Card continues its work in the United States to this day

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Wave of Terror Continues

19 November 2015

From JFACT: One of the victims who was murdered this past week was Ezra Schwartz, z”l,  an 18-year old American from Sharon, MA, on a gap year program studying at a yeshiva. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sharon, MA community, Ezra’s family, friends and his relatives who live in the New Haven, CT area.

Report from MFA website.

Below is a review of major terror attacks against Israeli civilians that have occurred since the Jewish New Year (13 September 2015). This is a partial list that does not include attacks thwarted by the security forces or the many instances of riots, rock throwing and Molotov cocktails (66 reported, as of 11 November) that did not result in very severe injuries.

• Magen David Adom: Since the beginning of October, 15 people have been killed and 169 people injured – 21 of them seriously – in terrorist attacks. 72 people were treated for anxiety. Continue reading

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JFACT Press Release

french-flagOn behalf of the 7 Jewish Federations in Connecticut and its community relations agencies, JFACT (Jewish Federation Association Of Connecticut) offers its sincerest condolences to the people of France and President Hollande. At a rally in Tel Aviv, former President of Israel, Shimon Peres addressed the rally in French with these words, “We are all French . We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France in the war against the barbaric terror that threatens the peace of the whole world. Your war is  our war. Your values are our values. They are the values of the entire world.” Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us, and must be condemned with unwavering determination.”

JFACT applauds Governor Dannel Malloy on announcing the Flag of France will immediately fly over the Connecticut state Capitol and outside the Governor’s residence. He said, “We must stand up against terrorism and extremism across the world.”

Our hearts are heavy because these horrid acts of terror took the lives of innocent people.


Allan Hillman, JFACT President

Robert Lesser, JFACT Chairman

Robert Fishman, JFACT Executive Director

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Connecticut Delegation Meets With Consul General Ido Aharoni

Ido by FrancineAmbassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, had a special meeting with the Connecticut delegation on November 9, 2015 during the JFNA General Assembly in Washington, D.C. Consul General Aharoni is a 20-year veteran of Israel’s Foreign Service. He updated the CT delegation on happenings in Israel and around the United States.

The 7 Federations of Connecticut were proudly represented in a packed house. Also joining the conversation: Amir Sagi, Deputy Consul General, Shimon Mercer Wood, Consul for Media Affairs, Galit Peleg, Consul for Public Affairs, Amir Ofek, Director of Civil Society Affairs, and Dana Mosevics, Advisor to the Consul General.

Images from the event can be seen in the following link.

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