Jews in poverty

Study: One In Five NY Jews In Or Near Poverty

Community struggles to respond to ‘immense’ needs, especially among elderly and chasidic.

06/11/2013
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A few years out of the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he was a political science major and an active volunteer in several campus activities, Jeremy Levine works every day at the Manhattan headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York, helping to coordinate many of the anti-poverty programs the philanthropy supports.

A man distributes free kosher lunches to children in Williamsburg and Borough Park last summer. Rebecca Saidlower

Rising Jewish Poverty Redoubles Obligation To Help

06/11/2013
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Like people in other faiths and traditions, Jews feel an obligation to help the poor. When we lived in an ancient agricultural society, people left the corners of their fields untouched, anyone could eat from your land in a year of shmita and there were offerings at the Temple that the poor could partake in freely.

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld and Alex Roth-Kahn

Surge Of Poor In N.Y. Suburbs Poses Challenge

Survey shows ‘startling’ increases in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, and among Orthodox, Russian-speaking Jews.

07/17/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

The clients she sees “are all over the map” in terms of how hard they’ve been hit by the recession, said Peggy Jaeger, Nassau County director of Connect2Care, UJA-Federation of New York’s program to help members of the Jewish community who are unemployed or underemployed.

Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen network and food pantry, has seen its numbers grow to 500 clients a day.
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