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Responding to Global Crises and Building Resilience

We're committed to ensuring safe, thriving Jewish communities around the world — in crisis and every day.

Natural disasters, terror, violence, and hatred shatter millions of lives each year. Since 2007, UJA has invested more than $81 million to bring urgent relief to those on the ground and aid long term recovery. Our essential relationships with hundreds of nonprofits worldwide make us agile and ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice.

Crises we’ve responded to since the new millennium include: the second intifada in Israel, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and Hurricane Sandy here in our own backyard. In the fall of 2017, we led a substantial relief effort in the wake of the hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean

Crisis in Israel

On May 4-5, 690 rockets were targeted at Israel from Gaza, the largest and most deadly barrage of rockets into Israel since the summer of 2014. UJA’s partners were on the ground, offering indispensable support. For a full update, read here.

Standing Up to Anti-Semitism

In the wake of the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh, UJA took concrete steps to show our solidarity with the shattered Pittsburgh Jewish community and ensure the continued safety of our local institutions. After the attack on a Chabad synagogue in Poway, we reached out to nonprofits in our network to offer critical resources and support.

Keeping Communities Strong

We’re also committed to being there before disaster strikes, supporting Jewish communities around the world so that they’re strong, resilient, stable, and equipped to respond to challenges. That means we’re standing up to anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses. In Europe, it means we’re helping small Jewish communities shape their future, empowering leaders, building infrastructure, and giving grassroots activists the tools to grow their dreams. From Paris to Budapest to Moscow — we’re proudly helping create vibrant Jewish communities.

Related Nonprofits and Programs

American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee (JDC)
Israel Trauma Coalition
Jewish Agency for Israel
(Among many others)