UJA-Federation of New York

UJA-Federation Brings Russians Further Into Fold

Russian-Jewish group first to join Federation's network since 1995.

Staff Writer

For the first time in almost 20 years, the UJA-Federation of New York brought a new agency into its network on Thursday: COJECO, the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations, which is the central coordinating body of New York’s Russian Jewish community, said Roberta Leiner, senior vice president of agency relations at the Federation.

Families that gathered at a COJECO retreat earlier this summer. Photo Courtesy of COJECO

One Jewish Agency Replaces Another As Largest Social Service Group In N.Y.


Another Jewish social service agency has replaced FEGS as New York City’s largest social service group.

FEGS Bankruptcy Filing Reveals Depth Of Financial Free Fall

Court documents show vast majority of agency programs losing money, CFO revolving door, ballooning overhead.

Staff Writer

By the time executives of FEGS Health and Human Services system became aware last November of the massive financial crisis they were facing, a “top down analysis” by a new management team and restructuring consultants revealed that 74 percent of its more than 350 programs were losing money.

Three-quarters of FEGS' programs were losing money.

FEGS Files For Bankruptcy, Gets Debt Financing From N.Y. Federation


FEGS, one of the country’s largest Jewish social services agencies, has filed for bankruptcy.
A month after announcing that financial problems were forcing its shutdown, FEGS Health & Human Services made the bankruptcy announcement in a news release on Wednesday.

Challenging Teens To ‘Slam’ Poverty

Staff Writer

Poetry slam, sure. But poverty slam?

Borrowing a phrase from the spoken-word contests where verse-makers recite original poems before a panel of judges, UJA-Federation of New York is trying to spark teens’ interest in combating rising levels of poverty here.

Two of the poverty slammers at last week’s event. Courtesy of UJA-Federation

Jewish Baby Boomers Get An Encore

New study shows that Boomers want engagement, though opportunities are still limited.

Staff Writer

Mimi Lox, 70, is a retired social worker thoroughly enjoying her second career. The active Upper West Sider — who still takes ballet classes and regularly attends services at her synagogue, B’nai Jeshurun — volunteers in an affordable housing facility run by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, where she has office hours one afternoon a week.

Mimi Lox, 70, got involved with Engage, UJA-Federation's Jewish Service Corps for boomers. Courtesy of JCC

Major Rally For Israel At UN Urges Hamas Defeat

At odds with White House, Democratic officials say no cease-fire until tunnels destroyed.


Dolores Berkowsky of Livingston, N.J., held her cell phone above her head Monday, snapped a photo of the thousands of other pro-Israel supporters around her, and quickly e-mailed it.

Michael Miller, CEO of the JCRC, which co-sponsored the rally with UJA-Federation. Michael Datikash/JW

Green Growth Going Mainstream

Jewish institutions in county pressing the sustainability issue as tikkun olam.

Westchester Correspondent

Going green has gone mainstream for many Jewish organizations in Westchester. No longer considered a fringe practice, being environmentally conscious is now seen as both an economic and moral imperative.

Greenburgh Hebrew Center officials on the synagogue’s roof during dedication of its solar panels. Courtesy of GHC

N.Y. Federation Taps Wall Street Lawyer For CEO


NEW YORK — The largest Jewish federation in North America is expected to announce Eric Goldstein, a financial litigation lawyer and vice chair of the federation, as its new CEO.

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