UJA Federation of New York

As Jerusalem Businesses Empty, UJA-Fed Steps In

New York charity offers loans for struggling venues as terrorism keeps customers at home.

Staff Writer

When participants in a UJA-Federation of New York mission entered a Jerusalem restaurant on November 9th for a pre-arranged meal, they found plenty of empty tables.

Jerusalem businesses have taken a financial hit since a spate of stabbings and other attacks in the last month. Sidney Slivko/JW

FEGS Bankruptcy Under Federal Investigation


The U.S. Attorney’s office is investigating the demise of FEGS Health & Human Services, a Jewish social service organization that filed for bankruptcy in March.

FEGS' headquarters on Hudson Street.  Michael Datikash/ JW

In FEGS’ Wake, Jewish Board Set For New Scrutiny

The fast-morphing social-service agency is the new behemoth on the block.

Staff Writer

Deana Beckford was caught unaware last December when she read in the newspaper that FEGS, the massive social service agency, was having financial problems.

Jewish Board CEO David Rivel at the Greenberg Manhattan West Counseling Center. Courtesy of Jewish Board

Synagogues In NYC Too Big To Lose Dues

Is New York too big for the increasingly popular voluntary dues model? Local congregations weigh in.

Staff Writer

At the beginning of January, board members of Temple Beth Abraham, a Reform synagogue in Tarrytown, met in the president’s living room to discuss a hot topic these days: synagogue dues.

Beth Abraham Rabbi David Holtz and synagogue president Herb Baer look at plans for new Tarrytown building.  Michael Datikash/JW

Putting Kosher-For-Passover Within Reach

Met Council makes the holiday more joyous with Passover food distribution centers across the city.

Editorial Intern

Kosher food costs roughly 30 percent more than non-kosher food. Kosher-for-Passover food can be twice as expensive. With mounting rates of poverty, many Jewish households simply can’t afford a kosher Passover this year.

Volunteers at the Queens JCC organize holiday packages for the disadvantaged.  Photo by Michael Datikash/JW

FEGS Hit With Unfair Labor Practice Suit

Meanwhile, vendors vent that agency hasn’t been paying them.

Staff Writer

The union representing 1,400 FEGS employees charged FEGS Health and Human Health System, UJA-Federation of New York’s major social service agency, with engaging in unfair labor practices this week following its precipitous decision to close after discovering in December a $19.4 million deficit.

Robert Schulze, president of Moveco Moving Services in Jamaica, Queens. Courtesy of Robert Schulze

Tackling The Affordability Crisis

The Challenge Fund will encourage day schools in the New York area to launch or build their endowments.

Special To The Jewish Week

A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I watched with pride as they developed their Jewish literacy, their religious purposefulness (meaning their ability to answer the question “Why be Jewish?”), and a profound sense of belonging to the Jewish people — three crucial outcomes of any successful Jewish educational experience.

The oxymoron of day school affordability is a top communal priority. Fotolia

‘Ace’ Greenberg’s Presence Felt At UJA-Fed. Campaign Launch

An icon of Jewish philanthropy was remembered, and a record $48 million raised.

Staff Writer

For more than 25 years, the UJA-Federation of New York’s launch of its fundraising season was so closely associated with the man who hosted it that the annual soiree of top-tier donors became known as the “Greenberg event.” 

This year’s gathering was the first since Alan “Ace” Greenberg died last summer at the age of 86. But the longtime UJA-Federation volunteer and Bear Stearns chairman was a strong presence at last week’s event, where the charity noted the creation of the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award in his honor.

UJA Fed. of N.Y. President Alisa Doctoroff honors Ace Greenberg at last week's event. Courtesy of UJA Federation of N.Y.
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