UJA-Federation NY Program Packs Over 6000 Backpacks for Disadvantaged Students

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Over 400 school-aged youth and parent volunteers from local schools and synagogues sorted through donated supplies and assembled backpacks for disadvantaged Long Island children during UJA-Federation of New York’s annual Supplies for Success. The three-day event, which concluded yesterday, packed an estimated 6,000 backpacks - an increase of 1000 over last year. The program started 13 years ago, with just 68 backpacks. … [Read more...]

A Board President’s Swan Song

By Dorothy Tananbaum There are things we do that last a moment and things we do that reverberate for a lifetime. This past month, I completed my 3-year term as the chair of the board of The Jewish Education Project. It has been a very exciting period that saw so much positive change in my core areas of Jewish education. Seven years ago UJA-Federation of New York realized that in a city as complex and diverse as New York we needed an independent communal agency focused on addressing some the biggest challenges facing Jewish education. How to keep young people engaged in Jewish learning beyond bar mitzvah? How to engage families with young children so that they would value Jewish education for their children? How to make sure that the Jewish education experienced in every setting was … [Read more...]

Bringing It Home: Introducing Young Israeli Emissaries to American Jewish Life

160 young Jewish Agency shlichim will participate in a New York seminar aimed at introducing them to American Jewish life and inspiring them to remain engaged and serve as a link to world Jewry upon their return to Israel. The “Bringing It Home” 3 day seminar is being organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel with significant support from UJA-Federation of New York. The seminar curriculum is being provided by The Jewish Agency’s Makom unit. Every year, The Jewish Agency for Israel's Summer Shlichim Program sends more than 1,100 young Israelis to more than 200 Jewish summer camps across North America, where they engage in a vast range of educational activities and provide campers and staff with a personal connection to Israel. This year, as shlichim return from summer camps throughout the greater … [Read more...]

Synagogue Engagement: Building Bridges to Young Adults

UJA-Federation of New York has released, Synagogue Engagement: Building Bridges to Young Adults. The report takes a broad overview of the changing landscape in the North American Jewish community, as synagogues increasingly strategize and brainstorm to create innovative ways of providing young adults with meaningful entry points into Jewish life. For the past two years, UJA-Federation of New York has offered congregations in the five boroughs of New York City the opportunity to apply for small grants of $10,000 to pilot or expand their young-adult engagement efforts. The congregations that were awarded these grants were then brought together to engage in a community of practice in which they examined successes and challenges in their engagement efforts. In the report, you’ll find reflections and … [Read more...]

Jewish Communal Fund (NY) Granted $329m in FY 2014

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The Jewish Communal Fund (JCF), the largest Jewish donor advised fund in the country, distributed a record $329 million in grants to charities in all sectors during the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. This represents an increase of 17% in grant dollars as compared to the previous year. In addition, JCF fund holders recommended a record-number of grants - 39,000 - to charities in all sectors, a 10% increase from 2013. “The incredible growth in the number and amount of grants distributed in fiscal year 2014 reflects the enormous reach that Jewish Communal Fund has, both in the Jewish world and in the secular community,” said Susan F. Dickman, Executive Vice President and CEO of Jewish Communal Fund. “We expect this trend to continue in the year ahead as we introduce a new and improved Donor … [Read more...]

UJAFed NY Leaders Pledge $200,000 to Barzilai Medical Center

Some 20 top leaders of UJA-Federation of New York, who are currently in Israel on the UJA-Federation of New York Operation Protective Edge Solidarity Mission, pledged $200,000 to the front-line Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. As part of their visit, the group will be in both Tel Aviv and cities in the hardest-hit areas in the South, where they will visit trauma centers, hospitals, bomb shelters and receive briefings from key national security advisors. UJA-Federation has to-date committed $2.1 million in emergency aid for Israel. … [Read more...]

Planning a Conference? Add a Lactation Room to Your Checklist

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by Tamar Snyder This week, my baby boy is celebrating his first birthday. And I’m celebrating a milestone of my own - the fact that I no longer need to lug around a heavy breast pump with me wherever I go. I am grateful to my employer for providing me with a private space to pump and the flexibility to do so when I needed to. However, finding similar accommodations while attending conferences or in the airport when traveling for business were far more difficult. One bright spot was at Slingshot Day, the annual gathering of the stakeholders of Jewish innovation, which took place in May. Slingshot designated a guest room on the third floor of the Brooklyn Marriott (where the conference was taking place) as a de facto lactation room. This offered at least three attendees (there may have been … [Read more...]

“Ace” Greenberg, Bel Kaufman, z”l

We remember: Alan “Ace” Greenberg, the former head of Bear Stearns and longtime Wall Street executive died of complications from cancer in New York on Friday at the age of 86. For years, Ace hosted UJA-Federation NY's campaign launch event, which became known with some reverence and affection as the “Greenberg event.” A legend of Wall Street and a stalwart champion of the Jewish people both at home and in Israel - his memory, spirit, and impact will remain an enduring legacy. Bel Kaufman, teacher and author, granddaughter of Shalom Aleichem, best known for writing the 1965 bestselling novel Up the Down Staircase, passed away Friday at her home in New York City. Bel was 103 and an honoured lecturer at Limmud FSU programs. Her Skype session at this year's Limmud FSU Moscow was one of her last … [Read more...]