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On the Front Lines with Israel’s Heroes

July 28th, 2014

On Saturday evening, 20 New Yorkers, lay leaders from UJA-Federation of New York, traveled to Israel on a two-day solidarity mission. We had come to Israel to provide strength and comfort to the people of Israel, but in the end, it was these incredible Israelis who strengthened and comforted us. These are just some of the people we met and their stories. DAY…

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Rally Shows Collective Support for Israel

July 28th, 2014
Alisa Doctoroff

“We raise our voices to stand with Israel,” was a refrain heard over and over in an emotional rally that brought an estimated 15,000 members of the New York Jewish community together in midtown Manhattan July 28th to show collective support for Israel during this time of crisis. “Jews of widely varied backgrounds and beliefs today send a message of…

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Israel: We are Here for You

July 28th, 2014
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These were remarks made by UJA-President Alisa R. Doctoroff to the New York Stands With Israel rally on July 28th in Manhattan. On behalf of UJA-Federation of New York and the incomparable community we represent, I want to thank you for being here today. You have come from many different places to be here (there are even busloads of kids…

In the Media

Winning Back The Boomers

July 29th, 2014

“Why do families whose children have had their Jewish life-cycle milestones choose to leave synagogue life?” asked Andi Rosenfeld of Synergy, the synagogue services department of UJA-Federation of New…

From Our CEO

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…

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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…

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Global Leadership Network Launched With Amitim-Fellows Initiative

July 17th, 2014
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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…

From Our CEO


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…

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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…