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Sometimes families face overwhelming challenges that can’t be overcome alone. That’s when a community needs to share its strengths, whether it means helping a family cope with a crisis or steering a child on the right path.

The Challenge of Building Stability for Children

  • 330,000 children in New York City have mental-health needs, while 25,000 have been abused or neglected.
  • 16 percent of all young people in Israel — about 400,000 — are neglected, abused, or otherwise at risk.

UJA-Federation’s Response

We provide essential children and family services through our network of beneficiary agencies and grantees.

Last year, our collective impact helped provide:

  • 21,600 local children with counseling, community mental-health programs, and other children and family services based out of synagogues, day schools, Hillels, and Jewish community centers.
  • 60,000 Israeli kids with services to overcome cycles of poverty and abuse through counseling and early intervention.
  • 30,000 Israeli kids with crucial children and family services to help them overcome poverty and abuse.
  • Assistance to families who have concerns about their child’s mental-health issues through our Mental Health GPS program.


More than a decade ago, UJA-Federation of New York, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and top Israeli officials collaborated to launch Ashalim, a nonprofit organization in Israel that develops children and family services for more than 350,000 children and youth, and their families. Ashalim plans activities aimed at increasing community and family support for at-risk youth, providing them with the best treatment and care.

To find help or learn more about our network agencies’ children and family services programs, please contact our J•1•1 Information and Referral Service at 877.852.6951 or .

Your donation does so much for so many.

Every dollar you give counts for vulnerable children and families.

  • $35 can purchase one monthly food voucher for a struggling Jewish family in Bulgaria.
  • $47 can pay for medicine for an impoverished child in the former Soviet Union.
  • $400 can purchase a crib, high chair, and stroller for a needy family in Argentina.