UJA-Federation of New York

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The Families Division of UJA-Federation of New York, as part of Manhattan Women’s Philanthropy, brings together families with young children in the community at special philanthropic, educational, and volunteer programs and events designed to integrate Jewish values and philanthropy in unique ways.
Anyone, at any level of giving, can be part of Manhattan Women’s Philanthropy. Donors of $1,000 or more can join executive committees.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is the Families Division's flagship event held at Chelsea Piers. This annual communitywide day of games, prizes, kid-friendly shows, and more is a UJA-Federation tradition.

Lunch & Learn Series

This series offers stimulating lectures on topics of great importance to parents. Guest speakers include child psychologists, career counselors, authors, and other professionals discussing topics ranging from personal rebranding, women re-entering the workforce, art, fashion, and current events in New York and Israel.

Engaging Mothers

Throughout the year, educational, cultural, and social programs and get-togethers will be presented specifically for moms. Whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, the Families Division has compelling opportunities for you.

Couples Together

Our evening gatherings are designed to supply an enriching experience to young couples. Each social event includes numerous opportunities to meet like-minded couples and discuss new ways to build community and connect to UJA-Federation.

The Family Unit

The Meaningful Mitzvah Program provides numerous interactive opportunities.

Collections — Along with your children, take part in special opportunities to help those in need at food and clothing drives and other volunteer opportunities.
After-School and Weekend Mitzvahs — Share the joy of the holidays or just spend a few hours together with other families and visit senior centers, community organizations, and hospitals, bringing friendship to people in need.

Birthday Mitzvah — Participate in a new program focused around the celebration of your child’s birthday. Your child can have the satisfaction of knowing that his or her birthday has become a special day for a child in need. 

Mitzvah Mommy & Me — Join other moms and their young children to welcome in Shabbat with the elderly in our communities. This program was designed for mothers and their children, ages 1 to 3.

Child-Driven Fundraiser — Teach your children the importance of giving back through a fun and exciting day of games and sports competitions. Your children will have the opportunity to raise money and allocate the funds to a program of their choice. This group is designed for children ages 6 to 10.

Mitzvahs & Milestones

Having a wedding, birthday, or anniversary celebration? Share your blessed occasion and you’ll have even more to celebrate.

For More Information

Contact Sarah Gass at 212.836.1361 or .

Families Division Chairs
Rebecca Anikstein
Natalie Silverstein