UJA-Federation receives $1 million grant to assist Jewish families affected by Sandy

Click photo to download. Caption: Devastation in Brooklyn's Sea Gate section after Hurricane Sandy. Credit: Courtesy Rivkah Brikman.(JNS.org) The UJA-Federation of New York has been awarded a $1 million grant from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation to assist Jewish families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“In the immediate aftermath of the storm, UJA-Federation reached out to day schools, agencies, and synagogues to assess need and offer our support. Together, we responded to immediate need and committed to the long-term recovery effort,” John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, said in a statement.

The grant will help Jewish families by providing educational assistance such as tuition/enrollment subsidies for Jewish day schools and Jewish summer camps.

“Long after news coverage dissipates and much of the philanthropic funding ceases, families need assistance to return to a sense of normalcy, said Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

“For Jewish families, this often means financial assistance to afford tuition to Jewish day schools and Jewish camp enrollment,” he added.

Research has shown that Jewish education through day schools and summer camps helps Jews to build long-term connections to the larger Jewish community.

The Jim Joseph Foundation, founded in 2006, has distributed more than $270 million to the cause of Jewish learning.

Posted on February 3, 2013 .