Why We Must Speak Out Against The Occupation

07/12/2016 - 10:53

At our National Assembly in April, J Street U students met with several prominent leaders in the American Jewish community – the head of the Reform movement, the CEO of the ADL, and the former head of the UJA-Federation of New York, among others. We invited these leaders to the assembly because we care about Israel’s  future as a Jewish and democratic state, and we believe that they have a crucial role to play in securing its future. As such, we asked them to use their considerable power to demonstrate leadership with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation – in particular around the issue of settlements.

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson. Via facebook.com

The Fight Over Jewish Hospitals

Beth Israel and the twilight of a cause.

06/16/2016 - 11:30
Associate Editor

Of all the student demonstrations, back in the 1960s and ’70s, surely only Jewish student demonstrations, from New York to San Francisco, protested against Jewish hospitals. More specifically, the student uprisings challenged the allocation of charity dollars to non-Jewishly specific causes, such as medical centers, rather than to Jewish education and causes such as Soviet Jewry, a cause asking for as little as $10,000, pocket change for the major donors to what was then known as the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

Beth Israel Medical Center. Wikimedia Commons

Our Children are Children, Too

A response to Randi Weingarten

06/15/2015 - 20:00

Predictably, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to grant some relief to parents of nonpublic school children as they struggle to shoulder the costs of tuition has come under attack from public school union leaders, like American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten in this venue recently. (“Supporting Public Education Is A Jewish Value,” online Opinion.)

Top Social Service Service Provider Abruptly Shuts Down

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

02/01/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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

01/28/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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.’

07/28/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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

10/20/2013 - 20:00

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

10/15/2013 - 20:00

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

10/15/2013 - 20:00

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.”

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