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]


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]

During the late 1980s UJA-Federation participated in the Soviet Jewry Movement with its Passage to Freedom campaign to help Jewish Emigres from the Soviet Union.[5]

Eric S. Goldstein assumed the position of CEO on July 1, 2014.[6]

In 2016, UJA-Federation's annual campaign raised $153.4 million. Including bequests and endowment and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $207.6 million.[7]

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld was appointed president of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, 2016; Robert S. Kapito was appointed chair of the board.[8]

In July 2018, Rabbi Menachem Creditor assumed the position of Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar-in-Residence of UJA-Federation.[9]

In 2020, David Rothman became the co-Chair of UJA-Federation and also joined UJA's Board of Directors.[10] [11]

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  1. ^ "Israel News - The Jerusalem post". Jpost.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Home » UJA-Federation of New York". UJA-Federation of New York. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Who We Are". UJA-Federation of New York. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ Pace, Eric (8 September 2003). "Sanford Solender, a Leader of Jewish Charities, Is Dead at 89". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Guide to the Judith A. Manelis Papers, 1986-1990, *P-970". Center for Jewish History. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2015-01-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "UJA's Campaign Reaches Pre-Recession Levels". Jewishweek.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2014-06-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Sandee Brawarsky. "New Scholar At UJA-Fed.: 'Reunifying Our People'". jewishweek.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  10. ^ Andriana Anastasiades,"Philanthropist David Rothman becomes Co-Chair of UJA New York Young Leaders". newstrail.com. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  11. ^ "A Young Leader Paves Way for Others". ujafedny.org. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Berkman, Matthew. “Transforming Philanthropy: Finance and Institutional Evolution at the Jewish Federation of New York, 1917–86,” Jewish Social Studies 22#2 (2017): 146–195.
  • Berman, Lila Corwin. "How Americans Give: The Financialization of American Jewish Philanthropy" American Historical Review (2017) 122#5 pp 1459-1489.
  • Elazar, Daniel J. Community and Polity: The Organizational Dynamics of American Jewry (1995) see pp 211-18 for a listing of the community Jewish federations and the founding date.
  • Feldstein, Donald "The Jewish Federation: The First Hundred Years". in Norman Linzer, ed. A portrait of the American Jewish community (1998).
  • Liebman, Charles S. “Leadership and Decision-Making in a Jewish Federation: The New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies,” in American Jewish Year Book (1979), 3–76.
  • More, Deborah Dash. “From Kehillah to Federation: The Communal Functions of Federated Philanthropy in New York City, 1917–1933,” American Jewish History 68#2 (1978): 131–146;
  • Nissim, Hanna Shaul Bar. "The Adaptation Process of Jewish Philanthropies to Changing Environments: The Case of the UJA-Federation of New York Since 1990." Contemporary Jewry 38.1 (2018): 79-105.
  • Wenger, Beth S. “Federation Men: The Masculine World of New York Jewish Philanthropy, 1880–1945,” American Jewish History 101# 3 (2017): 377–399.

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