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 more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies and dozens of grantees in New York, Israel, and 60 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]

UJA-Federation announced total revenue for the 2010 fiscal year at $180.7 million,[5] including $136.1 million for the 2010 Annual Campaign, $39.3 million in planned giving & endowments, and $5.3 million in capital gifts and special initiatives. In 2011, UJA-Federation raised a total of $188 million, including $137.4 million from the annual campaign, $41.6 million from bequests and planned gifts, and $9 million from special initiatives and capital funds.[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 will assume the position on July 1, 2014. The Managing Director of Government and External Relations is Jeff Leb who took over the position in December 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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