Community Support Helps Jewish Camp Emerge Stronger than Ever

As if the onset of a pandemic weren’t enough of a challenge, Camp Laurelwood – Connecticut’s premier Jewish summer camp – was simultaneously in the midst of another transition this spring: onboarding a new executive director. Fortunately, generous donations to Federation and Foundation’s Greater Hartford Rapid Relief & Recovery Fund enabled emergency operating support to help Camp Laurelwood survive the blow of a suspended summer season. 

We are humbled to share this inspiring video and a letter of thanks from Rabbi James Greene, Camp Laurelwood’s new executive director:

What can we say except thank you! Everyone at Camp Laurelwood – from the staff to the campers to the alumni – are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Like so many, we faced challenges over the last year. However, amidst the struggle was a silver lining: the incredibly touching outpouring of support from our Jewish community at large.

Beyond the financial impact of the grant from the Greater Hartford Rapid Relief & Recovery Fund – and the introductions to community partners and stakeholders – I received invaluable one-on-one counseling and guidance from Federation President and CEO David Waren and other Federation leaders.

When I first arrived at Camp on April 1, my first call was to Federation. As a community convener, I knew that Federation was well-positioned to be a partner and supporter in times of crisis. And sure enough, Federation was just that and more. David Waren and others made time to meet with us and help Camp Laurelwood build new relationships. In so many ways, Federation has stood with our camp throughout the pandemic; and we see Federation as a critical long-term partner.

All of us at Camp Laurelwood extend our deep gratitude to Federation. We are incredibly fortunate to partner with such an impactful and thoughtful organization. We look forward to further developing our relationship in the many years to come!

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