UJA-Federation of New York

UJA-Federation of New York, (United Jewish Appeal - Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc) is the largest local philanthropy in the world.[1] Headquartered in New York City, the organization raises and allocates funds annually to fulfill a mission to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.” [2]

UJA-Federation provides funding to support a network of nearly 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies and dozens of grantees in New York, Israel, and 70 other countries.[3] These community-based organizations offer a multitude of services to combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen connections between the Jewish people worldwide, care for people with disabilities and special needs, and stand in support of the people of Israel.

UJA-Federation, as it is known today, was created from the 1986 merger of the United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, a predecessor organization established in 1917.[4]

During the late 1980s UJA-Federation participated in the Soviet Jewry Movement with its Passage to Freedom campaign to help Jewish Emigres from the Soviet Union.[5]

In 2015, UJA-Federation's annual campaign raised $150.8 million. Including bequests and endowment and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $207.8 million.[6]


Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld was appointed president of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, 2016; Robert S. Kapito was appointed chair of the board.[7] Eric S. Goldstein assumed the position of CEO on July 1, 2014.[8]

UJA-Federation of New York Archives

Archival material connected with the projects and philanthropic mission of the UJA-Federation of New York are held at the American Jewish Historical Society. The collection is open to all researchers, except items that are restricted. A finding aid for the collection can be found here.


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