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  • Teaming up to help the developmentally disabled

    February 2, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    Like most donors to the annual campaign, I never imagined that my family would be beneficiaries of federation agencies. When my second child, Daniel, was diagnosed with autism, I learned abruptly that today’s donors can become tomorrow’s beneficiaries.

    For my wife and me, Daniel...

  • UJC seeks donations for hurricane victims

    September 16, 2008 | 7:42 pm

    United Jewish Communities begun a campaign for donations to help in the recovery from recent hurricanes.

    The umbrella organization of North America’s Jewish federation system is urging the 157 federations and 400 independent Jewish communities it serves to contribute to the effort,...

  • As Jewish communities unite, disconnects persist

    By Tom Tugend

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Howard Rieger, the top professional of organized American Jewry as president and chief executive officer of the national organization United Jewish Communities (UJC), figures that criticism comes with the territory.

    "Any time you make changes, some people will admire you and some...

  • Ethiopian advocates push for 8,500 more olim

    By Ben Harris

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With Israel's Interior Ministry on the verge of bringing its Ethiopian aliyah operation to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian advocacy groups is pressing the government to add another 8,500 would-be immigrants for the ministry's consideration.

    For now it seems nothing short of a court...

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  • UJC reaches out to young innovators

    By Jacob Berkman

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A self-described professional Jewish lesbian. A Web guru who calls himself the Orthodox Anarchist. A young, Oscar-winning producer.

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) looked to this group and their disenfranchised peers for help at its annual General Assembly (GA) in Nashville in...

  • Olmert downgrades aid from American Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    [JERUSALEM, Aug. 8] "You are not to directly quote the prime minister," Ehud Olmert's press handler told a group of American Jewish journalists I've been traveling with this week.

    This directive came today as we sat in a conference room in Olmert's Jerusalem offices. It seemed a...
  • Briefs: Mass Shoah grave discovered in Ukraine; Report: Israel wants to talk with Syria; German Jews decry aliyah push

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

    The Associated Press reported Tuesday on the discovery in May of a previously unknown mass grave in southern Ukraine that may contain remains of thousands of Jews killed by the Nazis. The report says that the finding came by accident, when gas...
  • Post-war belt-tightening: Israel could cut Falash Mura dreams in half

    By Uriel Heilman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's Finance Ministry is proposing substantial cuts to Ethiopian immigration next year as part of widespread belt-tightening following Israel's war in Lebanon.
     
    The plan, announced on Sept. 5 as part of Israel's proposed budget for 2007, would halve the number of Ethiopian...
  • Rebuilding New Orleans—With A Little Help From Each Other

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One year after "the storm," as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

    Unexpected is the word "blessed," used repeatedly in reference to the...

  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Westly Wants Pension Funds to Snub Iran

    California State Controller Steve Westly called on the state's two largest pensions to check whether they have holdings in companies that would be subject to Iran-related sanctions.

    "As fiduciaries protecting our retirees' benefits, we must...

  • Post-Katrina, Jews Raised Funds Fast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Major Jewish organizations have raised more than $30 million to house, feed, educate and relocate thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The biggest chunk of money has come from the United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 155 Jewish...

  • Study of Federations Finds Job Sexism

    By Rachel Pomerance

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While a new report says that sexism pervades the North American Jewish federation system, in Los Angeles, the facts paint a much more positive picture of gender equality.

    An old-boys' network and an attitude that rejects women's leadership skills have kept women from reaching the...

  • Grappling With Competing Needs

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While most participants at the North American Jewish federation system's annual conference were happy just to be in Israel this week, the network's decision makers were grappling with another matter -- funding for overseas partners.

    The issue has become so contentious, in fact, that...

  • World Briefs

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution

    The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded Israel not "remove" Yasser Arafat. The United States vetoed the resolution Tuesday at the 15-member council in New York because it does not explicitly condemn...

  • World Briefs

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    'Iran 5' Released From Jail

    The last five Jews still held in an Iranian prison have been released, according to a U.S. Jewish leader. "We welcome [the news] and hope that it will now be permanent," Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of...

  • Jewish Survey Missing Data

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Much-anticipated parts of the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) will not be released as expected next week because some of the data has been lost.

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC), which is funding the $6 million study, is canceling all events pertaining to the 2000-01...

  • Your Letters

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Withholding Funds

    We are writing in support of the opinion expressed by Steve Berman opposing the policy of United Jewish Communities (UJC) supporting settlers living beyond what will be the revised Green Line ("Withholding Our Funds From Territories," Aug. 30).

    For almost 50...

  • L.A. Jews Send Aid Beyond Green Line

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For the past three weeks, the theme of Rabbi Elazar Muskin's Shabbat sermons at Young Israel of Century City has been the same. Thundering from the podium, he chastises his congregation for not doing enough to support Israel, and he urges them to pray better and give more charity in...

  • UJC Surveys Crisis in Argentina

    By Florendia Arbiser

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For Karen Shapira, the United Jewish Communities's fact-finding tour to Argentina last week made a deep impression.

    "Two weeks ago, I knew the figures [of Argentina's economic crisis]," she said.

    "But to be here, to see the effects of the crisis on the middle class, [is something...

  • UJC’s Challenge

    By Stewart Ain

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The outgoing chairman of the United Jewish Communities (UJC), Charles Bronfman, has challenged the UJC leadership to "change the perception out there that rich, old guys who write big checks are the only ones who count."

    "There are rich young men and women, who may or may not write...

  • UJC Launches Campaign

    By Michael J. Jordan

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The umbrella of North American federations is set to unveil a multipronged, $4-million solidarity campaign titled "Israel NOW -- and Forever."

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) project -- which should receive final approval by late July -- combines various advocacy, education and...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    UJC Taps Tisch for Top Post

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) offered its top volunteer position to the president of UJA-Federation of Greater New York, according to a member of the UJC nominating committee.

    The source said James Tisch of New York was asked to replace fellow...

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    By Robin Schwartz

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My First Impression

    From the start, I liked the sound of it. Six hundred Jewish professionals my age, flying in from places such as Los Angeles, Cleveland, and my own town, Detroit, for a Jewish-themed weekend at the posh St. Louis Ritz-Carlton.

    I was drawn to the United Jewish...

  • Mission Impossible?

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On a brisk night in early January, hundreds of American Jews from throughout the United States, still jet-lagged from their arrival in Israel that morning, are filing into a large airplane hangar at Hatzor, an isolated air force base near Ashkelon.

    After a few moments of...

  • Reaching Consensus

    By Julie Wiener

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When leaders from 119 North American Jewish federations met here this week, they did not make any earth-shattering decisions or vote on anything binding.

    Instead, they did what many involved described as even more revolutionary: They listened to each other, building trust and...

  • Transforming the Jewish Community

    By Julia Goldman

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    North American Jewish community federations decided years ago that it was time to change the way they relate to one another and the rest of the Jewish world.

    Last week in Atlanta, the formal transformation began to take shape.

    But its real effects may take years to reverberate...

  • Young and Committed

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When leaders from 119 North American Jewish federations met here this week, they did not make any earth-shattering decisions or vote on anything binding.

    Instead, they did what many involved described as even more revolutionary: They listened to each other, building trust and...