We help people in financial distress get back on their feet and reclaim their dignity — breaking the cycle of poverty.
Because a web of issues keeps people in poverty, we tackle them all. Our support provides emergency cash assistance, eviction prevention, access to kosher food pantries, counseling, and legal advocacy.
We’re also on the cutting edge of service delivery. We’ve created food pantries that use digital technology so clients can choose the groceries they want, taking into account their health needs and cultural preferences. And we’ve opened the Jack and Shirley Silver Hub in Queens with a holistic approach to moving people from crisis to stability. Now thousands of New Yorkers can access an array of life-changing human services, all under one roof. 
Whether in New York, in Israel, or the former Soviet Union, we’re giving people in poverty essential support and whenever possible — a path to self-sufficiency.


Life is returning to normal for some, but for people who were caught in the grip of poverty before Covid, “normal” was never good enough. That’s why we’re ensuring our partners can continue helping people access food, employment support, and mental health services with an emphasis on convenience and dignity.

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“My Life
Changed Forever”

Meet some of the clients helped at the Jack and Shirley Silver Hub, a one-stop social service center.


Our Impact

  • 29.4 million pounds of kosher food distributed through Met Council since the pandemic began.

  • 355,000 New Yorkers helped by our Covid relief hubs and food interventions.

  • $14.2 million in emergency cash assistance distributed globally.

  • 100,000 hours of pro bono legal services provided to New Yorkers.

  • 85,800 at-risk Israeli children benefit from services.

  • 82,400 seniors and Holocaust survivors struggling in the former Soviet Union receive services to live in dignity.

  • 40,700 people receive employment services globally.

Olga’s Path to a Better Life

She lost her job and then her health. Our support helped keep her dreams on track.

When Olga, a single mom in Brooklyn and a college student, lost her job because of the Covid crisis, she thought she’d have to drop out of school. That’s when a UJA-funded hub stepped in to help.

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