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February 4, 2013 2:07 am

UJA-Federation Receives $1 Million Grant to Assist Jewish Families Affected by Sandy

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Damage from Hurricane Sandy.

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.

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“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.

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