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The Not-Forgotten Jews of Ukraine

August 22nd, 2014

Amid the ongoing critical crisis in Israel, including the recently resumed rocket attacks from Gaza, less attention has been focused on the continuing plight of the Jews of Ukraine, where for nearly nine months now, tens of thousands of Jews, many of them poor and elderly, have been suffering. Only a year ago, I was in Ukraine and saw the…

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Supplies for Success Makes Start of School Easier

August 21st, 2014
Supplies for Success 2014

For far too many parents in the New York area, the prospect of buying all the school supplies on their children’s lists looms as a daunting request to fill. The cost of supplies quickly adds up for families already on limited budgets. To help these families, UJA-Federation of New York’s Supplies for Success, an initiative now in its 13th year,…

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Summerfest Brings Long Island Together

August 15th, 2014

At the Passover seder, there’s a longstanding tradition of saying, “Next year in Jerusalem,” explained Todd Richman, who was honored at UJA-Federation of New York’s Summerfest on August 13th. But now, he said, “we don’t need to wait till next year because UJA-Federation has been in Israel since [the country's] beginning and it continues to be on the front lines…

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Power of Community

August 1st, 2014

As the week winds down, the news from Israel is incredibly painful — including the heartbreaking news today of the kidnapped IDF soldier, Hadar Goldin. Right now, we are consumed with the weight of the crisis. But if there is some comfort to be had, it’s in the truly uplifting ways we’ve come together as a people and a community…

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Report From Solidarity Mission in Israel

July 30th, 2014

This morning, I got off the plane following an intense and emotional solidarity mission to Israel. Joined by 20 UJA-Federation of New York leaders, we went to Israel to provide comfort to Israelis, but in the end, it was they who comforted us. We witnessed the courage and resilience of those who have been living under direct threat for weeks…

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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…