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Acts Big and Small

July 25th, 2014

This evening will mark the start of yet another Shabbat that Israelis have spent under attack. Like so many of us, I have friends and family in Israel, and some have sons in Gaza. As painful as this is, I am reminded that through acts big and small, we are a people and a community that comes together when it matters…

UJA-Federation Stories

How the Israel Trauma Coalition Helps Israelis Cope

July 24th, 2014
Israel Crisis Kids

Mazal is a devoted kindergarten teacher whose house was directly hit by a Hamas rocket July 22nd in Yahud, near Tel Aviv. After the rocket attack, she was scared to go to work and did not feel she could show up for the 30 children in her care. So she stayed away from school. And so did the children. And…

UJA-Federation Stories

Global Leadership Network Launched With Amitim-Fellows Initiative

July 17th, 2014
Global fellowship

The adage “Think Globally” is taking on a new dimension with the start of the Amitim-Fellows: A Global Leadership Network initiative. Amitim-Fellows, a program of JCC Global, brings together nearly 60 executive directors and senior lay leaders from 27 Jewish community centers located in North America, Latin America, Europe, Israel, and the former Soviet Union to work on joint projects…

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July 15th, 2014

These are dark and trying times in Israel. With rocket fire reaching as far as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and farther north, no one is spared the anxiety of having to find safe shelter within seconds of a siren signaling “Code Red.” We may not know when life will return to normal, but we do know that when the people of…

UJA-Federation Stories

Showing Solidarity in Israel

July 15th, 2014
Alisa Doctoroff Ashkelon

By Alisa R. Doctoroff The experience of being here in Israel since Sunday on a solidarity mission with the Jewish Federations of North America has been powerful in many ways. First, there’s the power of fear. You can read about it all you want, but it’s only in experiencing the sirens and hearing the booms of rockets that you can…

From Our CEO

July 14th Press Conference: Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

July 14th, 2014

These are remarks from Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, made at a press conference outside New York’s City Hall on July 14th. The press conference was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and UJA-Federation was one of its co-sponsors. Thank you to all the speakers here today who stand in solidarity with…

UJA-Federation Stories

In Israel, Finding Hope in the Face of Rocket Fire

July 11th, 2014
Rabbi Michael Paley UJA-Federation

An interview with Rabbi Michael Paley, UJA-Federation of New York’s Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar-in-Residence I went into the shelter the first day in the hotel in Tel Aviv because a rocket came in at 7:25 in the morning. In the shelter, a number of people were in towels because they’d run out of their rooms from the shower when the…

UJA-Federation Stories

What Life Under Threat Feels Like

July 10th, 2014

By Uri Leventer-Roberts Last weekend I was celebrating a personal milestone: one year since my family made aliyah to Israel. I was born and raised in Israel, and after seven years in New York, I moved with my wife and son to serve as the executive director of UJA-Federation of New York’s Israel office last July. Six months ago my…