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UJA-Federation of New York

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]

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]

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.[6]


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.[7] Eric S. Goldstein assumed the position of CEO on July 1, 2014.[8]

UJA-Federation of New York Archives

Archival material connected with the projects and philanthropic mission of the UJA-Federation of New York are held at the American Jewish Historical Society. The collection is open to all researchers, except items that are restricted. A finding aid for the collection can be found here.

See also


  1. ^ "Israel News - The Jerusalem post". Jpost.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Home » UJA-Federation of New York". UJA-Federation of New York. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Who We Are". UJA-Federation of New York. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Pace, Eric (8 September 2003). "Sanford Solender, a Leader of Jewish Charities, Is Dead at 89". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Guide to the Judith A. Manelis Papers, 1986-1990, *P-970". Center for Jewish History. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "UJA's Campaign Reaches Pre-Recession Levels". Jewishweek.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-10. Retrieved .

Further reading

  • 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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