"Good. Great. Greater Hartford" Rolls Out Welcome Mat for New Families

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford has launched “Good. Great. Greater Hartford” with support from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. An innovative new initiative designed to attract and welcome Jewish families who may be looking to relocate, Good. Great. Greater Hartford personally introduces new and prospective residents to the amazing Jewish institutions in our community, including synagogues, the Mandell JCC, day schools, the Crown Market, and so many others that make Greater Hartford a wonderful place to live and work. Below, Max Beede, Federation's community connections program associate, describes our shared commitment to attracting new Jewish residents and the initiative’s progress helping incoming families successfully transition to life in Greater Hartford.

Those of us fortunate enough to live in Greater Hartford are well aware of the amazing opportunities our Jewish community has to offer. We have access to welcoming synagogues, a vibrant JCC, congregational schools, the Jewish Teen Learning Connection and other youth programs, Jewish summer camps, havurot (friend groups), Jewish day schools, community-wide celebrations, and so much more. And, thanks to Federation’s “Good. Great. Greater Hartford” initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, our community is well poised to attract Jews who are searching for a new home. 

Good. Great. Greater Hartford has been hard at work connecting with prospective residents and providing a personalized concierge experience with information about places to live, employment, educational opportunities, schools, and more.

We have also been meeting with those who have recently moved to the area. Since the initiative began, we have delivered more than 45 “Shalom Hartford” welcome bags to new residents, with many more on the horizon. The bags contain information on area synagogues and the many Jewish organizations and activities that make Greater Hartford so special. They also include a book about our community’s history and a few goodies to help new residents settle in with style. 

It’s exciting to witness so much growth and new energy in our community. Please join us in wishing a bruchim habaim — a very warm welcome — to our region’s many new residents!

If you know anyone who has recently moved to Greater Hartford or who would like to learn more, please connect them with Community Connections Program Associate Max Beede at mbeede@jewishhartford.org or 860.232.4483.

Photo: “Shalom Hartford” welcome bag