RESPONDING TO ANTISEMITISM & GLOBAL CRISES

COVID RESPONSE

Since day one of the pandemic, we’ve been a source of support and strength for all those counting on us.
In the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, we allocated $70 million in grants and interest-free loans over and above our normal allocations to respond to rapidly changing needs.
Feeding families. Getting the unemployed back to work. Making sure no one feels alone in their anxiety or grief. Helping the most vulnerable access vaccines. And sustaining our treasured institutions — JCCs, synagogues, camps, day schools — so they can continue to be there for us.
Every step of the way, UJA has been resolute in our conviction: We won’t just recover. We will emerge a stronger, more connected Jewish community.

VACCINE ACCESS AND EDUCATION

When vaccines became available, those most at-risk — the elderly and Holocaust survivors — lacked the tech skills to navigate a complicated system. In response, we arranged pop-up vaccine sites, helped people access appointments, and funded transportation to vaccine sites. We also allocated funds to grassroots organizations that are trusted within their communities to provide vaccine education and access.

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We’re in This Together

"This is the greatest collective crisis of most of our lifetimes. At the same time, there’s hope,” says our CEO Eric S. Goldstein. Watch to learn about UJA’s pandemic response.

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Our Impact

  • 29.4 million pounds of kosher food distributed through Met Council.

  • 652,200 PPE masks delivered to nonprofit partners.

  • More than 355,000 individuals received employment training, financial counseling, and mental health support at our Covid response hubs and food interventions.

  • 35,000 students at nearly 50 Jewish day schools impacted by grants to support reopening.

  • More than 7,000 vaccine appointments secured for older adults, vulnerable populations, day school students, and healthcare workers.

THE FIRST YEAR OF COVID

UJA’s 12-month report offers an in-depth review of our evolving response to the pandemic: Working around the clock to ensure the continuation of indispensable services through the lockdown. Launching neighborhood-based Covid response hubs to help people get back on their feet financially and emotionally. Leveraging relationships to get the most vulnerable vaccinated. 

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STORIES OF OUR IMPACT

Our support made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.

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