UJA-Federation of New York

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Westchester Lay Leadership

Regional Chair
Martine Fleishman

Chairs, Annual Campaign
Barry Lovell
Nancy Zaro

Women’s Philanthropy
Chair, Laura Kleinhandler
Vice Chair, Michele Gregson

Chair, Community and Volunteer Services
Amy Gutenplan

Chairs, King David Society
Linda and Seth Plattus
Joy and Steven Zelin

Chairs, Joshua Society
Lisa and Marc Cummins
Beth Scharfman and Uri Shabto

Chairs, Ambassador’s Round Circle
Karen and Robert Sobel

Chairs, Business and Professional Division
Susan Taxin Baer
Ben L. Blumberg

Government Relations
Chair, Debra A. Weiner
Vice Chair, Joseph Rafalowicz

Chairs, Culture of Gratitude
Tracey D. Bilski
Laura Urken

Chairs, Engaging Interfaith Families
Rabbi Daniel Gropper
Caryl Orlando

Chair, Leadership Development
Leslie Effron Levin

Program Services Cabinet
Chair, Harold Treiber

Liaisons, SYNERGY
Joan Rosen
Sarene Shanus

Chairs, Tov B'Yachad
Arlene Kleinberg
Ben Schub
Baila Weiss


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UJA-Federation offers a variety of ways to feel connected to Westchester’s vibrant Jewish community — and form meaningful friendships along the way. Some ways to get involved include:

Center for Youth Philanthropy
This program helps teens explore the value of philanthropy through leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Domestic Volunteer Missions Westchester residents visit other communities and institutions in the United States to experience tikkun olam through special volunteer projects. Participants gain insights into other communities and tour local attractions. Many of these missions have offered help to communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.

Families Feeding Families
Westchester families, synagogues, teen groups, and other community organizations participate in local food and supply drives throughout the year, including UJA-Federation’s Super Sunday food-sorting and packing event.

Gift of Hanukkah
Individuals and families share the spirit of the Festival of Lights by collecting and distributing gifts and celebrating the season at parties with those less fortunate.

Give a Mitzvah — Do a Mitzvah
Designed for young people as they begin their bar and bat mitzvah studies, this program combines philanthropy with hands-on social action, giving them an opportunity to take their place in the Jewish community in a meaningful way.

Government Advocacy
Whether meeting with government officials in Albany or in Washington, D.C., our Westchester Government Relations Committee offers opportunities to learn about the legislative process and advocate for our community.

Hands-on Volunteering
UJA-Federation offers valuable volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, including delivering kosher meals to homebound older adults, participating in arts and crafts and other activities with troubled children, and visiting seniors in a nursing home.

J-Teen Leadership
With UJA-Federation's support, this program inspires teens to participate in projects that translate the Jewish values of tikun olam, repairing the world, and tzedakah, charity, into positive actions that improve the community -- in Westchester and beyond.

Joshua Society
The Joshua Society recognizes Westchester individuals and families who contribute a minimum of $10,000 to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign through events with prominent speakers and special missions.

King David Society
The King David Society recognizes the generosity of New Yorkers who contribute a minimum of $25,000 to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign. Since its inauguration in 1990, the King David Society has offered social and educational programs throughout the United States and Israel in recognition of prominent leaders in our community who are setting new standards of philanthropic achievement.

Mitzvah & Milestones
Mitzvahs & Milestones invites individuals, couples, or families to add a philanthropic component to celebrations that commemorate special milestones in their lives.

Tov B’Yachad (Good Together) Initiative In an effort to engage Westchester’s thriving Orthodox community, this program provides a way to bring the values of tikkun olam, tzedakah, and chesed to life through UJA-Federation and its agencies. Programming includes events with distinguished speakers and hands-on volunteer opportunities for adults and children.

Overseas Missions
Members of the Westchester community can participate in trips to Israel, Cuba, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and other countries to witness firsthand UJA-Federation’s impact on Jewish communities around the world.

Pro Bono Consulting
From marketing to engineering to fundraising, the Management Assistance Program enables specialists in many fields to share their expertise with synagogues and beneficiary agencies.

Program Services Cabinet
The Program Services Cabinet provides seed grants for initiatives that strengthen Westchester Jewish communities.

Site Visits Trips to local beneficiary agencies provide an up-close view of the work UJA-Federation supports. Participants can visit residential treatment programs for individuals with emotional problems, senior lunch programs, and many other programs.

Special Needs Roundtable
This roundtable provides support to families whose children have special needs. Through this group, parents, synagogue educators, and clergy work together to enhance funding opportunities and community programming.

Westchester Lion of Judah Art & Design Division
This new UJA-Federation division reaches out to members of the Westchester community who are passionate about art and design and committed to supporting our efforts.

Westchester Business and Professional Division
This division offers a forum for men and women from all fields — who live or work in Westchester — to connect philanthropically, professionally, and socially. Events include high-level briefings, industry forums, and volunteer projects.

Women’s Philanthropy
Jewish women in Westchester join together for meaningful programs that enrich their lives as they enrich the lives of others. Active moms, busy professionals, and empty nesters come together for volunteer opportunities, relevant speakers, fundraising events, and other rewarding experiences, making a tangible impact and forming lasting friendships.

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