UJA-Federation of New York

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At UJA-Federation, we believe in taking care of the aging population as we would our own parents and grandparents. We help them live with dignity, purpose, and connectedness, and support them in facing the challenges and opportunities of aging independently.

Challenges Facing an Aging Population

  • 1.5 million people age 65 or older live in the New York area.
  • 22% of Jews in the New York area are 65 or older.
  • 85,000 seniors in New York area Jewish households live in poverty.
  • 57,000 Holocaust survivors live in New York and half live below the poverty line
  • 132,463 elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union struggle to make ends meet.

UJA-Federation's Response

UJA-Federation provides essential support to beneficiary agencies and grantees serving the aging. Last year, our network of agencies helped provide:

  • 13,000 Holocaust survivors in New York with emergency cash assistance, medical care, and counseling through our Community Initiative for Nazi Victim Services.
  • 51, 980 elderly Israelis with home care, communal dining, social clubs, and counseling.
  • 132,463 elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union with groceries and medicine.
  • Counseling, social programs, referrals, and spiritual-care services for 5,000 seniors through Partners in Caring for Older Adults.
  • 1,870 older adults volunteered through UJA-Federation’s Engage Jewish Service Corps. Through service, they touched the lives of almost 15,000 individuals.

Learn more about programs for aging in our network of nonprofits. To find help or learn more about the services available to aging adults, please contact our J•1•1 Information and Referral Service at 877.852.6951 or  .

Your donation does so much for so many.

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