Elevating Classroom Innovators: Introducing the Atid Challenge

By Emily Winograd Please don’t ask me when Prohibition passed or who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. That’s what Wikipedia is for. If you must grill me about US history, stick to the four presidential runs of Eugene V. Debs, the Socialist Party’s longstanding candidate from 1904 to 1920. A reasonable person might ask why I feel so confident about the life and times of Eugene V. Debs, as compared to anything else in the AP US History curriculum. The answer is simple: I portrayed him in a live reenactment of the 1912 election in my junior year of high school. Long hours of research, rehearsing my stump speech, and slicking back my hair (Debs was bald, but I could only take this so far) led up to the big event, where I competed for my classmates’ votes alongside the equally prepared and dapper … [Read more...]

An Historic New Beginning

Hands of the poor

“I owe everything I have - my home, my family, my professional success, the health of my parents and grandparents - to Jewish philanthropy. I would not be living in the United States if it was not for countless Western Jews who first fought to make the Soviet Union release us, and then paid for our journey here and welcomed us with open arms.” By Ella Shteingart The 2014 Siyum (graduation ceremony) of the Wexner Heritage Program was historic. It marked the graduation of 20 extraordinary North American Jewish leaders, all born in the Former Soviet Union. The Wexner Heritage Program has had Russian-born members take part in previous classes, but these were few, the tiny percentage representative of the few who had become involved in the Jewish community and Jewish communal leadership. For … [Read more...]

UJA-Federation NY Helps Find Places to Participate in High Holiday Services

UJA-Federation of New York has issued its annual High Holiday service guide, which includes more than 120 synagogues and community centers with services covering all denominations. The guide is brought to the community by UJA-Federation’s free J-1-1 Information and Referral Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and can be reached at 877.852.6951 or J11@ujafedny.org. Information and referral specialists are available to connect individuals within the larger community to services offered by UJA-Federation’s network agencies and beyond. In addition to its High Holiday service guide, UJA-Federation offers holiday volunteer opportunities that connect the community through worship and engagement with family and friends. High Holiday volunteer opportunities range … [Read more...]

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...]