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UJA Launches Multimillion-Dollar Anti-Poverty Initiative Across New York Region
November 25th, 2020

NEW YORK CITY (November 25, 2020) -- In response to the overwhelming need for expanded social services and job training due to the coronavirus pandemic, UJA and several of its network partners have launched a multimillion-dollar anti-poverty initiative across New York to serve tens of thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers. The effort encompasses seven service locations, or “Hubs,” in Jewish Community Centers across the boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester that will operate as a seamless network with program and service referrals based on individual client needs, with virtual appointments and trainings available.  

The Manhattan Hub site is presented in partnership with Educational Alliance at its Manny Cantor Center, located at 197 East Broadway, and offers career development services, case management work for older adults, legal and financial counseling through partner New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), and mental health services from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. New full-time staff will help the organization meet the needs of hundreds more community members each year.  

“We are grateful to Educational Alliance for their partnership in opening the Manhattan Hub and their invaluable work on behalf of the community,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York. “Our goal is to go beyond helping people meet their basic needs and actually move people from crisis to stability, and we are thankful for all our partners in this effort who are truly the engine behind New York’s sustainable recovery.”   

The seven hubs are located in White Plains (Westchester), Cedarhurst (Long Island), East Hills (Long Island), Bensonhurst (Brooklyn – two sites), and the Lower East Side (Manhattan). The flagship site is a permanent, newly constructed $10 million facility in Elmhurst, Queens operated in conjunction with Commonpoint Queens, with another major new standalone Hub site in Brooklyn under construction and scheduled to open next year.  

“For generations, Educational Alliance has partnered with the people of Lower Manhattan to help them access opportunities and overcome struggles,” said Alan van Capelle, Educational Alliance President and CEO. “UJA-Federation has always supported our efforts and we are grateful for their partnership as we help New Yorkers navigate the challenges of this pandemic.”  

About UJA-Federation of New York 

Working with a network of hundreds of nonprofits, UJA extends its reach from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching the lives of 4.5 million people each year. To date, UJA has allocated more than $52 million to help respond to the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Aid has supported New Yorkers facing food insecurity, UJA partner organizations providing essential health and human services to New Yorkers, Jewish Community Centers, low-income students, single parents, and ensuring dignified Jewish burials. For more information, please visit

About Educational Alliance

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement. For more, visit