As the School Year Begins in Ukraine, Memories of A Summer in Israel Linger

ZMAN.IL 2014

By Avital Chizhik special to eJP With the arrival of a breezy autumn in Kharkov, students have begun a new school year amidst continuous tension. With the 5-month-old conflict’s death toll reaching 3,000 according to UN reports, and talks of a ceasefire, most Ukrainian high school students are returning from summers rife with anxiety and fear. But for dozens of Jewish youngsters, this summer was a rare breath of fresh air - having spent their summer in Israel. This past summer, 40 young Jews from war-torn Ukraine found necessary, if not ironic, respite in a quiet kibbutz in southern Israel - despite the conflict raging on the Gaza border. Flown to Israel for relief from Ukraine’s most dangerous regions, including Donetsk, these students were participants of ZMAN.IL, a special Jewish … [Read more...]

UJA Federation-NY Launches Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership

With $4.2 million raised to date, UJA Federation of New York has established the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership to help strengthen Jewish life and organizations throughout the community. Named for John S. Ruskay - who stepped down early this summer after 15 years as CEO of UJA-Federation of New York - the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership is an investment in career development for emerging Jewish professionals in order to create a next generation of inspired, world-class, Jewish leaders. To this end, the Institute will consist of formal, experiential and self-directed learning opportunities tailored for emerging professional leaders in Jewish communal organizations in the New York area. Participants will be nominated by employers and selected through a … [Read more...]

COJECO Launches the Keystone Fellowship to Bring Together Russian-Speaking and American-Born Jewish Leaders

COJECO Keystone

COJECO - the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations is proud to introduce a new initiative - the Keystone Fellowship, a program designed to cultivate and nurture well-trained Jewish leaders in the New York Metro area. The Keystone Fellowship is a prestigious leadership experience for distinguished volunteers and philanthropists - a collaborative cohort including Russian-speaking and American-born Jewish New Yorkers. Throughout the program, participants will explore their common history, examine various models of applied leadership, tackle some of the current challenges in the Jewish community, and work jointly to steer the future development of Jewish life. This Fellowship is a unique effort to cultivate and nurture leaders capable of shaping the Jewish future and strengthening their … [Read more...]

UJA-Federation NY Awards over $1m in Scholarships

August 21, 2014, New York, NY - UJA-Federation NY awarded over $1 million in scholarships to more than 400 of New York’s Jewish students in financial need at the 21st Annual Scholarship Presentation during the Sixth Annual Rose Biller Career Fair on Wednesday, August 20th. The scholarships were provided by the Rose Biller Endowment Fund, the largest Jewish scholarship program in the country. For more than two decades, the scholarship program, which is administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society, has enriched the lives of thousands of New York’s Jewish students, helping them to fulfill their educational aspirations. Scholarship recipients are both undergraduates and graduate students in attendance at New York metropolitan-area campuses who are focused on a wide range of careers. The Rose … [Read more...]

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


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...]