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UJA-Federation of New York “Knitzvah Corps” Volunteers Knit Chemo Caps for Individuals Undergoing Cancer Treatment

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October 10, 2013

RYE, NY (October 10, 2013) — Twenty “Knitzvah Corps” volunteers gathered on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye to knit and crochet chemo caps for Gilda’s Club Westchester, a community for the support of individuals who are living with cancer.

Participants of all ages had a knitting instructor on hand and heard from Larchmont-resident Doris-Patt Smith, a volunteer with Project Linus, an organization that donates handmade blankets to ill children. Knitting instructor Elvira Rabate of Connecticut donated her time to help novice knitters who required some assistance.

 “Our synagogue social action committee is always looking for ways to help members of our community,” says committee member Deb Uhlfelder of Mamaroneck. “When our chair, Emily Cohen, is looking for help, there are always people who step up.”

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester is a 350-family Reform congregation committed to celebrating modern Jewish life through learning and studying, worshipping, and reflecting and instilling Jewish values.

This project was one of more than 30 local projects supported by UJA-Federation of New York as part of Jewish Social Action Month (JSAM), a global initiative that celebrates volunteerism and service learning. UJA-Federation’s support for JSAM helps people from different backgrounds work together in community-based social action projects that aim to make life better for thousands of individuals and families.

“Jewish Social Action Month is a terrific way to connect diverse segments of the Jewish community in New York, enabling them to make a positive impact on the community, while building a stronger collective Jewish identity,” said Neil Steinberg, JSAM’s chair. “Throughout the month, UJA-Federation anticipates engaging more than 3,500 volunteers in service to their community.”

About UJA-Federation of New York

For more than 95 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, almost 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world — to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.