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On Suffering and Celebration

April 11th, 2014

One of the great joys of Passover is being guided by an ordered framework — the seder — that is enriched with new learnings each year. Like so many of us, I seek new interpretations to bring to the seder, new insights into this ancient epic of deliverance from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. As is often the case,…

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Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus Honored as Humanitarian

April 9th, 2014
Rob Marcus Time Warner and Bob Schumer

More than 300 members of the entertainment industry gathered at UJA-Federation of New York’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Leadership Awards Dinner on April 8th to honor the professional and philanthropic accomplishments of Rob Marcus, chairman and chief executive officer of Time Warner Cable. The event was held at Chelsea Piers and raised more than $1.2 million to support UJA-Federation’s work….

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Autism Symposium Addresses Challenges for People on the Spectrum

April 2nd, 2014
Alex Plank - UJA-Federation Autism Symposium

As people get older, they try to find a place where they belong, and finding an education, a job, a relationship, or a community is all part of that journey. But for people on the autism spectrum and their families, that process can be much more challenging. That’s why at UJA-Federation of New York’s Seventh Annual Hilibrand Autism Symposium, held…

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Our Advocacy Matters

March 28th, 2014

$127. For many of us, that’s dinner out for two or a ticket to a Broadway show. But when you’re one of the 25 percent of New Yorkers who are living at or very close to poverty levels, the possibility of losing $127 a month in government food benefits is alarming. And scary. Thankfully, the 300,000 households that depend on…

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On the Ground in Crimea

March 21st, 2014

In recent weeks, many of us have had deep concerns about the Russian annexation of Crimea and its possible implications far beyond. There are questions about the future stability of Ukraine and other Eastern European nations that were once part of the Soviet Union. There are worries about the tension in U.S.-Russian relations and, by extension, negotiations with Iran, the American effort…

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Kveller Sparks Parents’ Ideas for Jewish Life

March 20th, 2014

Inspiration struck for Natalee Martin, a mother of two young daughters, while she was checking out entries on Kveller, a dynamic website that offers parents of young children ideas for engaging in Jewish life. It sparked her decision to start monthly Shabbat dinners with nine other families. Kveller, supported by UJA-Federation, launched in 2010 to reach young parents at a…

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New Camp Taps Into Healthy Living for Kids

March 20th, 2014
Camp Zeke Yearlong Activities

A whole lot’s cooking at Camp Zeke: innovative yearlong programs in fitness and culinary events; the opening of a summer camp that weaves together being fit, eating well, having fun, and Jewish teachings; and an emphasis on delicious, nurturing food. With Camp Zeke, and support from UJA-Federation of New York, children and teens ages 7 to 17 now have a…

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Live-In Israel Educators Help Communities Engage

March 17th, 2014
yoav cohen shaliach

It’s complicated. That’s many American Jews’ relationship status with Israel these days. So how can organizations in New York encourage members of the Jewish community to engage with the Jewish state? This fall, the Westchester community gained a shaliach, a sort of live-in Israel educator who is working with Jewish community centers (JCCs), synagogues, Hillels, schools, and other organizations to…