New Jersey Federations Consider Merger

from New Jersey Jewish News:

Urge to Merge

Aiming to bring “synergy” and “efficiency” to neighboring Jewish communities, leaders of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ and the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey announced that they are “in discussions regarding the possible merger of the two federations.”

… A merger would combine UJC MetroWest, a federation with a $20 million-plus annual campaign with roots in Newark and supporters in Essex, Morris, Sussex, and northern Union counties, with the Central federation, which has a $5 million annual campaign, is headquartered in Scotch Plains, and covers Union County and parts of Somerset County.

… New Jersey currently has 12 Jewish federations, all raising money for their local Jewish agencies and schools and for programs in Israel and elsewhere overseas. Jewish philanthropists and communal professionals throughout the state have often lamented the duplication of services and unavoidable competition. In 2004, two federations in Bergen County merged to form UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey.