UJA-Federation of New York

Analysis: No Big Buzz At The GA

It's still early days for the Global Planning Table, announced last year.
11/13/2012 - 19:00

A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly here this week.

Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations spend money outside their local communities by making decisions on collective spending more transparent and communal. Federation officials hope this will stem the decline in overseas spending and bring more clout -- and money -- to federations’ collective action.

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, left, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky at the GA. JTA

Helping Day Schools Build For The Future

Pilot project training area schools in the fine art of endowment building.
Associate Editor
08/20/2012 - 20:00

When the leadership of Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan found out earlier this year about Generations, a pilot project training Jewish day schools in endowments and planned giving, it felt “perfectly timed,” said Liz Freirich, the school’s director of developmentt.

Am I Doing Hitler's Work?


Oops. Not only did I go on a blogging hiatus (thanks to pre-vacation, vacation and post-vacation distractions), but I did so after writing about mine and Ellie’s God problem. Hopefully, attentive readers didn’t conclude that, despairing of God’s goodness, I’d decided to give up writing for The Jewish Week.

Of course some might have been hoping I did exactly that. Like “SG,” a gentleman whose e-mail greeted me upon my return from vacation (a lakefront cottage in Maine, in case you were wondering):

Sweeping Changes To Jewry Seen In N.Y. Population Survey

Orthodox births fuel population jump as numbers of poor rise; Reform, Conservative decrease. Where is the center?
06/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Older, poorer, more Orthodox and more balkanized.

The findings of the first population survey of New York Jewry in a decade, confirming trends revealed years ago, show dramatic changes in a community that has grown larger, but significantly more polarized.

Orthodox Jews now make up nearly one-third of the community, and 64 percent of its children. GETTY IMAGES

A Community Pulling Apart?

UJA-Federation faces steep challenge in light of new data.
06/11/2012 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

The new 10-year study of the Jewish population of New York presents a major challenge to UJA-Federation, which commissioned the survey, because the research indicates that our community is moving sharply in two opposite directions: very engaged Jewishly (but not necessarily communally) and decreasingly interested in Jewish life.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jonathan Gerber, Helping to provide a safety net.

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Jonathan Gerber, 33

Although he spends his days helping people get rich, Jonathan Gerber also makes sure he’s involved in the lives of the less fortunate.

An investment banker at J.P. Morgan Chase, he volunteers weekends and evenings for UJA-Federation of New York’s Poverty Task Force, helping steer the allocation of millions of dollars here and in Israel.

Jonathan Gerber

Moishe House Hitting Big Apple

First foray into New York City for community-building project.
10/11/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Moses (or Moishe, if you prefer) is poised to step foot in the Promised Land — of diaspora Judaism, that is.

Moishe House, the fast-growing outreach/community-building initiative for Jews in their 20s, is coming to New York.

Moishe Housers in Baltimore. New York locations not yet nailed down.

UJA-Federation Campaign Holds Steady

Up less than 1 percent in ‘challenging environment’; some donors ‘can no longer give.’
07/11/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Despite the lingering economic difficulties, the UJA-Federation of New York raised a total of $188 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. This figure, which includes revenue from a variety of sources, represents a $7 million increase from the amount raised in 2010.

But the recession is still taking a toll on the federation’s Annual Campaign, which has remained largely flat during the past three years. In 2011, the annual campaign that ended June 30 brought in $137 million, up $1 million (less than 1 percent) from the previous year.

UJA-Fed. Braces As Proposed State Cuts Hit Three-Year High

02/07/2011 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Drastic cuts to reduce the state's $10 billion budget deficit proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo may cause agencies under the UJA-Federation umbrella to lose as much this year as they have in the past three years combined.

In what the federation calls a "gigantic challenge," agencies providing immigrant services, employment, child care programs will lose about $30 million in revenue and an additional $30 million in foregone funds, such as cost of living increases -- roughly the amount of funding that has been decreased since 2008.

Gov. Cuomo’s budget ax seen hitting the Jewish community hard.

Birth Announcement For Kveller

 A week and a half ago I mentioned here that Kveller, a new Jewish parenting website was due to arrive this fall.

Well, I am pleased to see that it seems to have emerged from the womb sometime last week. While I am not privy to the labor-and-delivery details (Ob-gyn or midwife? Natural or C-section?), from what I can see the newborn is attractive and in good health — and, with hundreds of articles and listings, already has a lot to say.

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