UJA Federation of New York

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.

UJA-Fed Launching Unity Fund In Israel


UJA-Federation of New York is launching a $500,000 fund to support unity programming in Israel in memory of the three Israeli teens murdered this summer in the West Bank.

New UJA-Fed. Exec Feeling Israelis’ Pain

Staff Writer

Eric Goldstein, who became CEO of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, flew to Israel Saturday night with 20 other New Yorkers on the organization’s first solidarity mission since the start of Israel’s war with Hamas. Goldstein, 54, who had been a leading partner at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has a long record of Jewish communal service. Most recently he served as UJA-Federation’s vice chair, president of the Beth Din of America, and as a board member of the Ramaz School. He spoke by phone Tuesday from the southern Israeli city of Beersheva.

Eric Goldstein: “Israelis are not callous; they mourn the innocent loss of life on both sides.”

UJA-Fed. Makes Big Day School Push

Charity pumps $50 million into matching grant initiative to help alleviate tuition crunch, shore up schools.

Staff Writer

In a move that thrusts UJA-Federation of New York more directly than ever into the effort to bolster day school education, the charity announced this week that it is has raised $50 million for a matching grant initiative that will launch in September.

UJA’s Challenge Fund will encourage schools. Courtesy of Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan

Westchester’s Boomer Boom

Helping baby boomers reinvent themselves through volunteer work.

Special To The Jewish Week

Even before she became an empty nester, Harrison’s Susie Siegel had always been involved in her community as a volunteer. Now that her three children are grown and she had moved past the PTA and Hebrew school stage, Siegel was eager to find other ways to deploy her talents.

Volunteers baking hamantaschen earlier this year for a Bronx Jewish Community Center senior Purim party.
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