UJA-Federation

Top Social Service Service Provider Abruptly Shuts Down

FEGS Health & Human Services is a long-time beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York.

02/02/2015
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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the Met Council on Jewish Poverty had closed. The Met Council is on strong financial footing and has no plans to close, a spokesman said. We regret the error.

According to Crain’s New York, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS) is closing its doors due to a $19.4 million loss last year.

Rivlin Cuts Short N.Y. Visit After Hezbollah Attack

01/29/2015
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Reuven Rivlin, who cut short his first visit to New York City as president of Israel this week after the northern part of the country came under rocket fire from Hezbollah terrorists in southern Lebanon, met with a variety of political and ethnic leaders during his four days here.

Federation’s ‘Ace’ Giver Remembered

Remembering Alan ‘Ace’ Greenberg, ‘philanthropic giant,’ ‘role model’ and ‘mensch.’

07/29/2014
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For more than two recent decades, the top contributors to the UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign would gather one evening every fall at a handsome Upper East Side apartment for the drive’s kickoff. Alan “Ace” Greenberg and his wife Kathryn would stand at their door, welcoming guests to what came to be known as “the Greenberg event,” a combination cocktail party and fundraiser that every year raised tens of millions of dollars and set the tone for the next months of solicitations for the philanthropy.

Alan “Ace” Greenberg, a native of Oklahoma City who made his fortune here, was a generous contributor to UJA-Federation.

Explaining Pew’s Findings On Orthodox Jews

10/21/2013
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We would like to thank Rabbi David Eliezrie for describing the new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews as “a treasure house of information” on contemporary trends in Jewish life.

Unfortunately, however, Eliezrie’s Opinion column also mischaracterized the survey’s results, including some findings that actually support the points he was trying to make about Orthodox Judaism in America.

Frank Conversation On Disability And Inclusion

10/16/2013
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Three prominent change-makers will take part in a discussion entitled “Understanding Difference: A Frank Conversation About Disability and Inclusion” at Cong. Rodeph Sholom on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Response To Low-Cost L.I. Synagogues

10/16/2013
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The Sept. 6 article by Stewart Ain “Lured by Cost and Community,” about low-cost startup synagogues on Long Island, could just as well have been titled, “Lured by Low Cost and Low Commitment.”

Member Item Funding Again Under Fire

After Quinn's grants tied to campaign donors, de Blasio says end the program; UJA-Fed. fears 'black hole.'

07/03/2013
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The City Council’s system of doling out millions of dollars to community organizations is once again under fire after Speaker Christine Quinn gave a hefty chunk of her share to groups whose officials support her mayoral campaign.

Christine Quinn gave $3.1 million to organizations linked to her donors, a report says.

Report Shows 'Dramatic' Rise In New York Jewish Poverty

06/06/2013
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A new report shows that 20 percent of Jewish households in the New York metropolitan area are poor, a figure only marginally lower than the rate in the general population.

The report released Thursday by UJA-Federation of New York found more than 560,000 people living in 200,000 poor or near-poor Jewish households, a figure that represents a doubling of the number of people living in poor Jewish households since 1991, despite only a 14 percent increase in the Jewish population. The report also found nearly half of children in Jewish households live in poor or near-poor conditions.

Sequester Set To Slash Disability Services

As we’ve discussed already on the blog, forced federal budget cuts triggered by a stalemate in Congressional negotiations over a new budget will hurt programs and services for those with disabilities.

Here’s more detail on how the sequester will play out in New York state, from Jewish Week staff writer Stewart Ain, who wrote an entire article on the subject.

President Barack Obama and Congress are at loggerheads over the budget, and the sequester is the result. Getty Images

As N.Y. Haredi Population Grows, Battles Over City Neighborhoods Ensue

02/19/2013
JTA

If you're looking to move to an apartment on or near Park Avenue, be prepared to break open the piggy bank. Prices are higher than ever and developers are squabbling over construction rights.

That's Park Avenue, Brooklyn -- not its swankier Manhattan namesake.

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