UJA-Federation of New York

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UJA-Federation of New York, (United Jewish Appeal - Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc) is the largest local philanthropy in the world.[1] Headquartered in New York City, the organization raises and allocates funds annually to fulfill a mission to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.” [2]

UJA-Federation provides funding to support a network of nearly 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies and dozens of grantees in New York, Israel, and 70 other countries.[3] These community-based organizations offer a multitude of services to combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen connections between the Jewish people worldwide, care for people with disabilities and special needs, and stand in support of the people of Israel.

UJA-Federation, as it is known today, was created from the 1986 merger of the United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, a predecessor organization established in 1917.[4]

In 2013, UJA-Federation's annual campaign raised $145.3 million. Including bequests and endowments, $6.5 million raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $206.5 million.[5] The 2014 annual campaign raised $146.9 million. With an additional $27.6 million in planned giving and endowments and $11.5 million in capital gifts and special initiatives, a total of $186 million was raised.[6]


Alisa Robbins Doctoroff was appointed president of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, 2013; Linda Mirels was appointed chair of the board.[7] John S. Ruskay, who has been executive vice president & CEO since 1999, announced his plan to step down in June 2014.[8] Eric S. Goldstein was elected as CEO on January 23, 2014 and assumed the position on July 1, 2014.[9]

Location of materials for research on the UJA-Federation of New York[edit]

Over the course of a four-year project, American Jewish Historical Society will be minimally processing, describing, and making available a collection of archival material connected with the projects and philanthropic mission of the UJA-Federation. The collection is currently unavailable, but beginning 2016, the processed materials will be open to all researchers, except items that are restricted.


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