Our ambassadors are here to welcome you, to guide you, whatever it is that you need as you’re settling in to the area! 

 
 
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Betsy

40s | scientist & mom | In new haven for almost 20 years

I work for Yale researching neuropathic pain. My husband Glenn and I have 3 kids who attend Jewish schools in Connecticut. I am a member of Westville Synagogue and active in the Jewish Federation and Greater New Haven community. I am also a runner and enjoy cooking.

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Derek

30s | PROFESSIONAL JEW | In new haven for 20 years (on & off)

Event planner and fundraiser at the Jewish Federation, where I also oversee the NextDor program. Raised in New Haven, left for a decade and now I'm back. Post-denominational with Reconstructionist/Renewal leanings, I live at the intersection of "unaffiliated" and "Super Jew."

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Dina

30s | food enthusiast | In new haven for 10 years

Originally from Milan, now living in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven with my husband and four children. Together we co-direct of the Young Jewish Professionals group of Greater New Haven. I love to cook good food especially Italian and Persian dishes.

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Elina

30s | wandering jew | In new haven 5 years

Hey, I’m Elina. I moved to the area from Israel following my husbands career opportunity. I'm the mom of an adorable 3.5 year old and the ultimate “wandering Jew”. I take pleasure in traveling the world and meeting new people. Realtor, Dance Teacher. Jewish Social life enthusiast.

 
 
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Elyse

30's | Reform | In Cheshire 8 Years

I live way up in Southington with my husband and two kids, but love the family I've found at Temple Beth David. From sisterhood and singing to membership and more, there are so many ways I’ve been able to connect with amazing members of my Jewish community.

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Emily

30's | Conservative | In New Haven 2 years

Health care communications professional by day, I'm an avid reader, foodie, and travel-lover. My husband and I enjoy spending weekend mornings at the farmer’s market in Wooster Square, and hiking up East Rock. I volunteer with the CT chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and enjoy services and programming at B’nai Jacob. While I’m relatively new to the area, I’m eager to continue exploring with new friends.

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Jamie

40s | Conservative | In New Haven 4 Years

Moved to Woodbridge in 2015 after living in NYC for 15 years. Pausing career in marketing for life as a stay-at-home mom. Currently working on acclimating to suburban life, volunteering with local Jewish agencies and having fun exploring all that the Greater New Haven area has to offer with my husband and two young children.

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Jennifer

40s | Outdoor Enthusiast | In new haven for 25 years

Jennifer grew up in New Haven, left for a long while, then returned in 2011. Age range is hard to believe when you hear she likes sewing, gardening, board games, and housecoats. Jennifer has two young children, does marketing, PR & journalism work for nonprofits and small businesses, and is a lousy-but-dedicated runner.

 
 
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Julie

40s | mom | In new haven 7 years

Sometimes painter, sometimes poet, daily runner, market researcher, I reluctantly moved to New Haven in 2012 when my husband took a job at Yale. I grew to love the area through my involvement with Ezra Academy, our membership at BEKI, and my daily runs in Woodbridge.

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Matt

30S | WANDERING JEW | In NEW HAVEN 5 years

Married to a strong Israeli woman who takes me around the world with our shared passions for food, people and culture. Avid traveler always open to new adventures and discussion. I work within construction focused on new innovation and 3D printing. Additionally love any excuse to go out to nature, specially ocean activities.

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Melanie

30s | Local restaurateur | In new haven for 13 years

Melanie, a native of Maine, originally came to Connecticut for law school. She has served on local non-profit boards and has been active in various Jewish organizations including the Federation and the ADL. Melanie enjoys escape rooms, Netflix, quilting and spending time with her husband and two children. 

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Mendy

30s | rabbi | lifer

NHV from birth, father of four, Rabbi at Orchard Street Shul - New Haven’s historic synagogue, co-director of the Young Jewish Professionals group of Greater New Haven. Love to meet and hang out with people.

 
 
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Nicole

40s | Conservative | In New Haven 8 years

Hi, I am a physical therapist working in the New Haven are. My husband is a neurologist at Yale. We moved to New Haven from Chicago eight years ago. We have three children 14, 9 and 6 going to private Jewish and secular schools. We live in the Westville area of New Haven. It can be hard to move to a new place and I would like to help make the transition a little easier.

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Oren

30s | Orthodox | In New Haven 8 years

I’m a lapsed mechanical engineer and roboticist turned software engineer, currently running the Application Development team at Yale. I moved to New Haven with my wife Tanya in 2010 for grad school and we are currently settled in Westville, where we’re members of the Westville Synagogue. We also co-own a design studio where we collaborate on design & development passion projects in our free time.

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Robin

60s | Naturopathic Physician | In new haven for 30 years

I am a married, lesbian parent of 2 kids and currently live in the Westville section of New Haven. I am active in my reform congregation, currently on the board of directors. My kids went to daycare and afterschool at the JCC, and public school in New Haven. I like to be outdoors walking, hiking or biking. I am also interested in social justice work.

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Robyn

50s | Conservative | In New Haven 55 years

Robyn is a native of New Haven. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  Currently a nonprofit consultant, she and her husband, Jeffrey, live in Woodbridge and have two grown children, Molly and Jake.

 
 
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Sydney

What’s the sure path to becoming Head of Jewish Education and CEO of the Federation? Majoring & grad work in Islamics & African Studies! Plus 3 years in Israel and 3 years in France. Born in New Haven, I raised my 6 kids here and I love this community.

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Stacy

Mom | REALTOR | In woodbridge for over 22 years

A native New Yorker, I have been a resident of Woodbridge for over 22 years. Together with my husband, we raised our 3 children here with our youngest currently attending Amity High School. We are members of Bnai Jacob and our daughter serves on the regional board of BBYO. I spent many years in NYC working in the fashion industry and I am now a realtor serving the Greater New Haven Area. Welcome to town!

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Stacey

50s | EDUCATOR, PLAY COACH | In new haven for 25 years

Stacey is the local PJ Library professional, and a lifelong educator. She creates meaningful Jewish life with like-minded families through music and ritual. Stacey’s children studied at various local jewish and art based schools. She is (still happily) married to her Israeli husband, Eitan for almost 30 years.  

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Tanya

30s | Orthodox | In New Haven 8 years

Hi! I’m an Art Director at a Creative Agency in downtown New Haven. I grew up in Israel and moved to New Haven in 2010 when my husband started a PhD at Yale. We live in Westville with our rescue pup Riley, and are members of the Westville Synagogue where I’m a board member. We also co-own a design studio where we collaborate on design & development passion projects in our free time.


 

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