Today is August 18, 2019 -

Crisis in Ukraine

“Federation fundraises to fulfill its mission.  Its mission is not to fundraise.”

The mission of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York is to build and maintain a strong and united Jewish community in order to ensure the creative survival and continuity of the Jewish people. It is the community’s central agency for meeting Jewish needs and articulating Jewish concerns in the Capital Region, in Israel, nationally, and around the world.

Locally, Federation fulfills our mission by funding community institutions; gathering, organizing, and educating community members; caring for and visiting our seniors; partnering with the interfaith community; fighting illiteracy and bigotry; and engaging the next generation.

Internationally, we work with our overseas partners to care for the neediest around the world, especially in the former Soviet Union and Israel.  We have worked in partnership with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) for many years, bringing food and other necessities to the poorest Jews of Ukraine–literally keeping many from starvation.

This week we received a plea from our national partners.  The crisis in Ukraine is causing security concerns for Jewish institutions and their volunteers and professionals.  A firebombing event and physical attacks have people afraid to deliver food and medicine to Jewish neighbors who are in need.  The crisis is burdening our system with millions of dollars in increased security costs.  Our help is needed.

Federation is rarely accused of acting nimbly.  We meet, discuss, analyze, plan, and build consensus.  For some, our processes are torturous–but this is not so during an emergency.  The Federation system is designed to take care of important daily life-saving activities, and to be ready to act immediately during a crisis.  Federation-funded field hospitals were first on the ground in Haiti.  We have been there for tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, acts of war, and acts of terrorism.

Yesterday we had an emergency campaign meeting to discuss our local response.  In an effort to maintain our commitment not to solicit more than once per year, but recognizing the need for emergency funding, we decided to provide a few options:

  1. If you have not yet pledged to our 2014 annual campaign, we encourage you to do so now.  Increases over last year’s pledges or first-time gifts may  be directed to the Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror.  As soon as these funds are received, they will be put to use helping those in need.
  2. If you have already made your pledge, but would like to send in an extra payment to support The Fund for the Victims of Terror, please do so.
  3. Many of us like to wait until later in the year to make payments.  I understand.  Unfortunately, the crisis is happening today, and payments help in a way that pledges alone cannot.  Please consider accelerating your payment schedule.

Please click here or call our offices (518) 783-7800 for more information.

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