Upward New York


Since Covid struck…

  • 35,000 students

    at nearly 50 Jewish day schools impacted by grants to support reopening.

  • 2,200+ kids

    were able to experience Jewish camp in person and online.

  • 80% of JCCs

    report an anticipated revenue shortfall within six months.

  • 81% of synagogues

    report dues collection is down.

Restoring our educational, cultural, and religious institutions is a critical next step in our collective recovery .

— David Bryfman, CEO, Jewish Education Project

And the needs continue...

Jewish institutions forced to shut their doors lost much-needed revenue. We need to make sure they can stay solvent. Because these are the places where Jews of all ages learn, connect, and become better versions of themselves.

We’re moving fast to get people connected: This past summer, with very little notice, we were able to help a number of day camps get up and running in person. We also helped create Summer in the Cloud, a web portal housing 21 of our JCCs so they could host virtual camp.

Now, with hundreds of synagogues across the New York area shuttered, clergy are pushed to reimagine what Jewish community looks like in a virtual world. And day school educators are forced to confront a hybrid reality. Through our partners, we’re training educators to engage learners in an era of tremendous uncertainty. And helping thousands of Jewish New Yorkers find connection to their beloved local communities, even from afar.

Our partners have shown amazing creativity in the virtual space. And we hope that online access to programming is here to stay. But Zoom will never quite replace immersive Jewish experiences, summer camp, or face-to-face learning.

Your support will help sustain Jewish institutions — bringing the best of Jewish life online and off. So that our JCCs, summer camps, and day schools are ready to shape our community for generations.

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See how we gave kids (and parents) a much-needed break this past summer.

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