Like many towns of the time, the Waterbury, CT of the 1960s boasted a sizable and active Jewish population. But by the 1990s, Waterbury’s Jewish community had waned. Families had moved away, and the vibrancy of Jewish life in Waterbury was dwindling.
In 2000, a kollel consisting of nine families moved to Waterbury, CT. These families, along with the 30 bochrim who came with them, formed Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury. With the arrival of these new families there was a need for a school for their children. Yeshiva K’tana started out as two classes of five students each. Classes were held in the Yeshiva Gedolah building, and the morahs worked hard to give the children a real school experience.
This fresh infusion of yiddishkeit was just the fix Watebury needed. As word spread of the joys of Waterbury living, more Jewish families began to move here. The number of students steadily grew, and in 2003, Yeshiva K’tana moved to its own building, taking over the former University of Connecticut campus.
Today, Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury is a full service elementary and middle school. A school with over 500 students fill classes ranging from Nursery through 8th grade. Yeshiva K’tana strives to provide an excellent education to its students.