In addition to touching more Jewish lives in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world, UJF provides local initiatives enriching the daily lives of the people living in our community. 


JCRC: Jewish Community Relations Council
                          A Division of UJF



Established in 2017 through the generosity of donors, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs arm of the United Jewish Federation.  Its mission is to represent the interests of the Stamford, New Canaan and Darien communities to public officials and agencies, the media and the community.  We work by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community, building relationships, and engaging in non-partisan work focused on advocacy, education, social justice, communal security, support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism. 



JCRC Initiatives


  • Israel Advocacy and Programming
  • Jewish Communal Security
  • Combating and-Semitism and Racism
  • Interfaith and Intergroup Work
  • Shabbat Across Stamford
  • Social Justice Programs
  • Tapestry
  • Yom HaShoah


United Jewish Federation Projects



Behrend Institute for Leadership: Bringing together lay leaders and top-flight instructors, the Behrend Institute is the elite training opportunity for Jewish organizational leaders in our communities. Our fellows and alumni are the leaders of every Jewish organization in the area.
Cardozo Society: The Cardozo Society is a law affinity group providing educational, leadership and networking opportunities with the objective of benefiting both local and global Jewish communities.
Chapter Two: Chapter Two is a UJF women's group dedicated to empty nesters and retirees in the Stamford, New Canaan and Darien communities. This group gives women a chance to connect with one another and learn about United Jewish Federation's work locally and around the world.
Dr. Noel N. Kriftcher Legacy Initiative: Established in 2016, this important communal initiative encourages charitable giving as an essential element of estate planning. A bequest of any amount, to any not-for-profit organization, leaves behind an indelible legacy for future generations.  The initiative seeks to inspire donors as to the enduring impact of their legacy gifts, while providing practical information on tax-advantaged giving and other donor planning strategies.
Maimonides Society: The Maimonides Society is a medical affinity group providing educational, leadership and networking opportunities with the objective of benefiting both the local and global Jewish communities.
The New Jewish Voice Newspaper: This community initiative newspaper is published 10 times/year and covers all things Jewish in Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. It is 100% subsidized by UJF dollars and is written and edited through the hard work of UJF staff, volunteers and members of the community representing our partner agencies.
Rothschild Society is a business affinity group providing educational, leadership and networking opportunities with the objective of benefiting local and international Jewry.
Shalom Baby & Shalom Stamford: Welcome to Jewish Stamford! We warmly welcome all new members of the community, and new babies with a visit and a special basket of goodies


Powered by UJF

The organizations below are UJF-enabled through staffing support, back-end support or pass-through fundraising.

3SQUARE: Provides supplemental nutritious food for children at risk of going hungry over weekends during the school year.
Herbert and Sarah M. Gibor Reading Partners:  A volunteer-based reading program that works one-on-one with young children from K-3rd grade in the Stamford Public School system and after-school programs.
PJ Library: Offers free books to families with children 6 months through 8 years old.
UJF Advisory Council: Representatives of UJF agencies and synagogues sit on this committee to tackle issues pertaining to the local Jewish community at large The Advisory Council typically meets between three to four times per year.  The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) was created as a recommendation of the Advisory Council.