NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 24, 2012) - UJA-Federation of New York's 2013 Annual Campaign launched last night with a kickoff event that raised $45 million, an increase of $1 million from last year. The record-breaking results of the annual campaign kickoff event showcase the organization's commitment to care for Jews in need, New Yorkers of all backgrounds, and to strengthen Jewish communities in New York, Israel, and throughout the world.
The 2013 Annual Campaign kickoff had a record turnout, gathering 125 philanthropic leaders from the New York Jewish community at the home of Jane and Dan Och. "Each year, our community leaders have gathered to express their collective commitment to UJA-Federation's annual campaign, which supports the 4.5 million people who count on us," said Dan Och, senior chair of UJA-Federation's Investment Management Division and chairman and CEO of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.
"The Jewish community's generosity to UJA-Federation of New York is remarkable," said Jerry W. Levin, president of UJA-Federation. "Needs continue to increase in this difficult time. Our supporters, both new and long-term, have risen to the occasion, allowing us to help millions of people this year in New York, Israel, and in 60 other countries. Our thanks to the most philanthropic community in this world."
Since its inception 26 years ago, the kickoff event has raised over $760 million. Among those at the 2013 Annual Campaign kickoff was Alan "Ace" Greenberg, who with his wife Kathy, hosted and led the event for its first 24 years.
"Every donor wants to make a difference, and while they can do so much on their own, coming together compounds their individual impact," said Alisa R. Doctoroff, chair of UJA-Federation's board. "It's together that we are most able to address the issues that we care about as Jews and New Yorkers."
"These funds represent the deep generosity and abiding commitment for what we make possible in our community," said John S. Ruskay, executive vice president & CEO of UJA-Federation. "This funding is what allows us to provide food for impoverished seniors in the former Soviet Union, a chance to experience Israel for a New York teen, financial and emotional counseling for the unemployed, and so much more. Each dollar raised helps transform a life and strengthen our community."
Award-winning journalist Jeffrey Goldberg was the featured speaker. Reflecting on his recent trip to the Middle East, he shared his views about both the opportunities and challenges in the region.
About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, almost 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at http://www.ujafedny.org.