UJA-Federation

Israeli Trauma Expert Helping Sandy's Victims

Can expertise from rocket attacks help Sandy victims?

11/13/2012

Talia Levanon, director of the Israel Trauma Coalition, which deals mostly with the effects of rocket attacks on civilian areas, will brief community and faith leaders, first responders and social workers here on how to alleviate the suffering caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Talia Levanon

UJA-Federation Commits Up To $10 Million To Hurricane Sandy Relief

11/05/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

UJA-Federation is committing up to $10 million to its Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for immediate assistance to organizations and people harmed by the record-breaking storm that battered the East Coast last week. It is the organization's largest relief effort to date for a natural disaster.

The charity has already allocated $200,000 to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty for immediate food and security needs for its clients and Jewish community councils.

Ex-UJA Fed. Employee Gets 6-12 Years For Donor Scam

10/23/2012

A UJA-Federation of New York employee was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison for stealing and selling the personal information of donors.

Tracey Nelson, 25, who had worked at the federation for three years, was sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court after pleading to grand larceny earlier this month, the New York Post reported last week. She was part of a $2 million identity theft operation that along with targeting the federation also hit banks and a car dealership.

UJA-Federation To Award $1 Million In College Scholarships

08/21/2012

 

The UJA-Federation of New York will award $1 million in college scholarships to more than 400 students at its 19th annual scholarship presentation.

Scholarships from this year's Rose Biller Endowment Fund range from $1,500 to $5,000 based on a student's needs. The scholarships, for undergraduate and graduate students, will be awarded in conjunction with the Biller nonprofit career fair on Thursday.

The scholarship awards program is administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society.

Cardinal Dolan Honors UJA-Federation For Partnership With Catholic Charities

04/26/2012

Catholic Charities honored the UJA-Federation of New York for its longtime service to the Catholic group's agencies.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan presented the Good Neighbor Award on Wednesday night to John Ruskay, the federation's executive vice president and CEO, in recognition of the federation's long-term friendship and partnership with Catholic Charities. The federation was among two dozen award recipients noted for meritorious service to Catholic Charities agencies on behalf of New Yorkers in need and was the only recipient of this year’s Good Neighbor Award.

J.W. Versus J.W.

I knew if I procrastinated enough on responding to Jack Wertheimer's op-ed on the UJA-Federation initiative someone else would do it for me.

Federation Campaign Kickoff Nets $44 Million

11/08/2011

Despite a sluggish economy, a record total of $44 million was pledged at the inaugural event of UJA-Federation of New York’s 2012 Annual Campaign this week. The figure was $500,000 more than last year’s and $1 million more than the total pledged two years ago.

“In a time of great economic uncertainty, such loyalty and generosity is astonishing and inspiring,” said Jerry Levin, UJA-Federation president, in a release.

Jerry W. Levin, UJA-Federation president, left; Marica Riklis, the charity’s campaign; Dan Meridor.

Back In Russia, 32 Years Later

08/03/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In the spring of 1979, at the height of the struggle to free Soviet Jewry, my wife Robin and I were among many volunteers who traveled to the Soviet Union for the express purpose of aiding and abetting the efforts of Zionist refuseniks.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

A Most Unusual Conversation: The Jewish Week Retreat

06/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

From noon this past Sunday to noon Tuesday forty-eight hours later, I was privileged to participate in a program called “The Conversation,” held in the lovely Pearlstone Conference Center just outside of Baltimore. Sponsored by The Jewish Week and made possible through the generous support of UJA-Federation, the program brought together some fifty Jews active in one way or other in the Jewish community of New York for what seemed like an odd purpose- to talk to one another.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Series Of Firsts Mark ‘Celebrate Israel’ Parade

Event to be aired live on Fox affiliate; Russian community marching together; 4-mile run as lead-up.

05/31/2011
Staff Writer

Sunday’s Celebrate Israel Parade will not only march up Fifth Avenue, but into the living rooms of thousands of area homes

The scene at a recent Salute to Israel parade. This year the event will be televised live.
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