UJA Federation

Moscow Jews Could Teach Us About Joyful Judaism

04/07/2016 - 10:55

Last week I found myself sitting in a hip, subterranean Jewish bar listening to a dynamic young man who founded a successful, international Jewish arts festival. He apologized that his voice was a little weak—not because of an early-spring cold, but because he had just undergone brit milah.

Moscow. Wikimedia Commons

Successful Transitions At UJA-Federation

07/14/2015 - 20:00

The headlines regarding UJA-Federation’s annual campaign invariably focus on the amount of dollars raised, and how that figure compares to the previous year. This year is no exception, with the charity raising $150.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million over 2014.

‘Strong Year Across The Board’

UJA-Fed’s annual campaign tops $150 million; increase in donors seen.

07/13/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The annual fundraising campaign of UJA-Federation of New York closed at the end of June with a total of $150.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million over the 2014 campaign, the philanthropy announced this week.

UJA-Federation CEO Eric Goldstein: Increased outreach to millennials and emerging “tech community.”

UJA-Fed Agencies To Pick Up Some FEGS Programs

Transfers to JBFCS, JCCA to occur as early as April 1.

02/17/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As FEGS prepares to close its doors in the wake of a major deficit, several other agencies under the UJA-Federation umbrella will be taking over some of its $250 million network of employment and guidance programs. They include the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan and the Jewish Child Care Association, with the transfer of contracts taking effect as early as April 1, The Jewish Week has learned.

FEGS’ Hudson Street headquarters.  Michael Datikash/JW

Questions About UJA-Fed ‘Early Warning System’

02/10/2015 - 19:00

With the community still grappling with the shocking news that FEGS (Federation Employment and Guidance Service), one of the largest Jewish nonprofits in the country, is going out of business due to a major loss of funds, there is a temptation to connect its demise to the recent troubles of other local Jewish social service agencies.

How Our Synagogue Is Attracting Young Adults

People want not only connections but also meaning.

11/19/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Professors Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer shared their assessment of the “Shrinking Jewish Middle And How To Expand It” (Opinion, Nov. 14), and not surprisingly, they focused on what Conservative and Reform synagogues should do to reverse the trend. Their conclusion was that the effort should be made as well in attracting those in their 20s and 30s. What was new was the emphasis on expanding Jewish social networks that link Jews to one another by offering meaningful Jewish content, and ensuring that peers are at the same stage of life to address common challenges.

Rabbi Rachel Ain

We Need A Culture Shift On Aging

06/16/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Several weeks ago, just shy of her 98th birthday, my beloved grandmother passed away. While I naturally feel sadness and grief, I also feel a profound sense of gratitude, faith, and resolution. My grandmother — Nana, as we called her — lived a rich and productive life. She made a lasting imprint on all who knew her, and for the better part of her existence she was healthy and actively engaged in community life. Her final five years were characterized by the losses and ailments people typically face as they age, yet she still found ways to connect with others and make valuable contributions to her community.

Lauren Epstein

What I Thought I Knew About The Jews Of The Former Soviet Union

02/18/2014 - 19:00

In my childhood bedroom, in Glasgow, there was a poster on the wall bearing an image of the Kremlin and the words “Let My People Go.” Like many other Jews growing up in the 1980s, I felt the profound impact of the Soviet Jewry movement. So I was a bit surprised by my own ambivalence when I recently decided to go on a UJA-Federation rabbinic mission to the former Soviet Union (FSU) to see what Jewish life is like there today.

UJA-Federation Makes Its Mark

07/09/2013 - 20:00

For the last two decades, at least, there has been a widespread perception in some circles that Jewish federations were on their way to becoming dinosaurs, the victims of declining attachment to Jewish organizational institutions in general and centralized giving in particular, and accelerated by the serious decline in the economy. That may all be true in some communities, but not in New York, where UJA-Federation continues to set the standard not only for dollars raised but for exemplifying the kind of reach and depth that only a communal charity of its size and savvy can command.

Agencies Bracing For Impact Of Forced Cuts

Many services could come under the sequester knife.
03/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Local Jewish social service agencies are talking about increasing their employee workloads and making other changes to absorb expected government funding cuts as a result of Congress’ inability to agree on a new budget.

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