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Community LIving - Jewish Nonprofit Supports 45 Adults in a Variety of Living Arrangements

JCL is featured in West Hartford Life in celebration of our 36th Anniversary! The article discusses JCL's origins and what it means for families to have support services in the community. The ladies from Brookmore group home, Sue Morris and Denis Geary are highlighted.  

Living the ‘Chai Life’

The Jewish Ledger's journalist, Stacey Dresner, interviewed David Schuster in his Arapahoe Group Home's backyard sukkah, that was erected by the students and teachers of the Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Institute (TLPI). David shared his love for JCL, and the friendships he has developed over the years he's been a resident. Please read this sweet, informative article.

Honorees Bring a Total 90 Years of Employment with JCL

The Jewish Association of Jewish Living Board of Directors honored all its employees at the 2018 Employee Recognition Celebration held on June 7th at the Dunkin Donuts Park.

JCL Executive Director Recipient of a Spirit of Judaism Award

Denis Geary with a 25-year career of empowering adults with developmental disabilities at JCL was honored with a Henry M. Zachs Spirit of Judaism Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

Our Very Own Faith Helene

Woman of Impact Profile: Faith Helene, JCL Life Director, from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. A life of living and giving with humility and grace. Well done Faith. 


Sixteen Adults Served by the JCL took to the runway at “An Evening of Friends, Fun & Fashion” Benefit for the Mandell JCC Adult Special Needs program. Photos available on Flickr, Facebook and YouTube.

DINE 4 JCL @ Effie's

Join us at Effie's Place Family Restaurant! Dine in or Take Out! JCL will receive a portion of the proceeds from 4-8 pm on April 17.


Effie's Place is located at 91 Park Road West Hartford. See you there. 

A delightful morning was spent with 7th graders at Beth El. Their delight and joy were obvious on the faces of young and older alike. Watch this video to share their joy. 

Travel the Passover Story

A new video is available on YouTube of the Passover Interactive Experience, March 18, 2018. Visit to share the experience,

WNHH Community Radio Dateline New Haven interview with Gian-Carl Casa, CEO/President of the CT Nonprofit Alliance, about the CT Legislative  Budget Process and its impact on CT Nonprofits. 

Op-Ed piece submitted to the CT Mirror / CT Viewpoints by Denis Geary regarding the rates of pay for nonprofit agency staffing.


"We stay in business in part because we get away paying our most valued employees, those working day-in and day-out directly with our men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, an unlivable wage.

It’s true. And it’s wrong."

JCL residents and adults with developmental disabilities living in the community discuss topics such as wisdom, generosity, compassion, the meaning of friendship and more in a small group setting. The JCL Chai Mitzvah program concentrates on lessons of Jewish learning, ritual, and social action. Join the monthly group!

"Keep the Change" Monday, March 12 at 5:30 pm, Mandell JCC Theater, West Hartford

Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month — March 2018 — with JCL and an endearing and heartwarming romantic comedy where a family must face their fears and their struggles together with love and compassion. David, an upper-class charmer, leads a very comfortable life until he is forced to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, despite his resentment towards being singled out as different, or anything other than what he interprets as “normal.”

Jewish Association for Community Living opens its first new group home since 2001.

What You Mean to Our Jewish Community

Denis Geary hosts the Hartford Federation's Shabbat blog by explaining what you mean to his organization and so many others.

Staying True to Our Roots

Uniting People, Traditions, and Community at JCL. Just Released - Our 2017 Annual Report! 

2017 Annual Friends & Family Cookout

Enjoy this slideshow of photos taken at the annual picnic. It was attended by friends, family, volunteers, funders, board members, our wonderful staff and the men and women we serve.. This is an event we look forward to every year. 

Nancy Rosen & Sara deBeer Awarded the Henry M. Zachs Spirit of Judaism Award

On June 13, Nancy Rosen and Sara deBeer were recognized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford for their incredible ongoing service to the JCL Judaic Program.  For the past eight years, Nancy and Sara have worked tirelessly to create fun, innovative Shabbat services and Passover Seders for the men and women of JCL. They have given their time, energy, and thoughtful planning to create meaningful experiences and to bring joy to JCL. JCL is honored to recognize the generosity of volunteers and donors like these two women, and yourself, for your tireless support of the JCL mission and the work we do. 

Ensuring the adults we serve live life to the fullest!

The dedication of our employees fuels our success 24/7! Their ongoing enthusiasm and high code of ethics ensure the daily lives of the men and women we serve are “the best.” 

JCL to Open Group Home

JCL is pleased to share the news that we will be opening a new group home on Brewster Road in West Hartford. The last group home we opened was West Normandy in 2001. 

Local Heroes Give Back

Josh Dyer, Jaime Morris, Elizabeth Scharr and other JCL heroes have given their time and support to causes important to them - Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia, Special Olympics CT, and Komen Race for the Cure. We appreciate their philanthropy and yours!

JCL Siblings Share their Stories

Siblings of some of the adult men and women we serve - Anne Broadhurst, Janet Gochberg, Dr. Seth Lapuk, and guardian Janice Rothstein - shared their life experiences in response to the film, “My Hero Brother”. 

Faces of Federation: Including Our Whole Community

Every member of our Jewish community matters to Federation. That's why your contributions to the Annual Campaign support a variety of programs that help improve life for people with disabilities.

Current E-Newsletter

Meet Neil, This issue highlights resident: "Neil is one in a million." And meet Aretha Grimes,this issue's Everyday Hero: "Aretha is the calm in the storm; she's as steady as they come."  

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