Federation Campaign Kickoff Nets $44 Million


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

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

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.
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.

Taking Sides In The Pro-Israel Wars

Special To The Jewish Week

Is it kosher for Jews in the diaspora to speak out against Israeli policy? As a Jewish-American opposed to the occupation of the West Bank, this question has special relevance for me.

Until recently Jewish-American politics was dominated by organizations that have been supportive of the settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Feeling uncomfortable with these right-wing groups, I limited my activism regarding Israel to working through groups like UJA-Federation of New York and the New Israel Fund, which aid disadvantaged Israelis.

A Long-Distance Shiva For The Fogels

New York Jews unite at memorial for Itamar massacre.
Associate Editor

Within the shiva week, astonishment at the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar gave way to the loneliness of long-distance mourning.

Udi and Ruth Fogel spent their final hours with Shabbat, she blessing the candles, he blessing the children.

Purim Packages Go Healthy

Community-wide effort for needy features whole grains, recipe cards.
Editorial Assistant

While thousands of Jewish kids unwrap candy bars, hamantaschen and juice boxes this Purim, more than 1,500 needy families will receive a bag filled with goodies like whole-grain cereal, granola bars and canned tuna.

Over the past few weeks, synagogues and communities — encouraged by the UJA-Federation of New York — have collected healthy foods and packaged them up to be distributed on Purim by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, or by local soup kitchens.

Healthy food is collected for packaging at Kehilath Jeshurun, above. Right, Abigail and Dinah Huebner decorate Purim cards.

For The Jobless, A Place To Reconnect

A glimpse into the recession’s lingering impact in the Jewish community.
Staff Writer

Ann Klein packed a tuna fish sandwich for lunch one recent morning, stepped in her car and headed south from her apartment in northern Westchester. A half-hour later, at 9 a.m., she parked outside a quiet White Plains office building near Westchester Airport, took the elevator one story up and sat down at a computer in a small cubicle.

But it wasn’t just another day at the office.

Until mid-afternoon the unemployed printing executive worked at the computer, and schmoozed with people in the row of adjacent cubicles and with the office staff.

Anita Greenwald, program coordinator at UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care office in Westchester.

Second Cuomo Administration Takes Shape

Aides reached out to N.Y. Board of Rabbis regarding Sabbath inauguration; inner circle said to understand social service needs.
Assistant Managing Editor

With Andrew Cuomo set to take office as New York’s 56th governor on Jan. 1, a Saturday, his aides contacted the New York Board of Rabbis last week to assess whether the Sabbath inauguration would cause any offense.

Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo

Training Rabbis To Promote Screening

Ashkenazi Jews are potential carriers for 16 devastating genetic ailments: how tests can prevent a lot of heartache.
Editorial Assistant

Steve Hoffman had never heard of Tay-Sachs Disease. When his eldest son, Harry, was diagnosed with the disease at 5 ½ months, he and his wife were shocked and devastated.

Rabbis gathered last week to hear from parents of children with genetic diseases. Steven Rosen Photography
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