UJA-Federation NY Receives Record Legacy Gift

Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights, Long Island; courtesy.

Long-time New York-based philanthropists Jack and Shirley Silver have made a $20 million legacy gift to UJA-Federation of New York through their foundation. The gift will be used for UJA’s new Jewish Day Camp Centennial Signature Initiative, which has been established to revitalize the infrastructure of the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, the largest Jewish day camp system in North America. This is the largest legacy commitment gift that a donor has made known to UJA during their lifetime.

When the Silver gift is realized, UJA-Federation can use it to support programming or capital projects, increase an endowment for operating support for the camps and facilities, or repay advanced costs for the project.

Henry Kaufman Campgrounds houses 12 separate day camps on sites in Long Island, Rockland County and Staten Island, each accommodating a diverse camper population including children with special needs and life-threatening illnesses, and seniors.