Leading philanthropists in the New York Jewish community pledged $44 million to UJA-Federation of New York’s
2012 Annual Campaign inaugural, setting a new record.
“In a time of great economic uncertainty, such loyalty and generosity is astonishing and inspiring,” said Jerry W. Levin, president of UJA-Federation. “This is a terrific start for this year’s annual campaign.”
Levin thanked donors for “stepping up when our community needs you most.”
For the last 25 years, the campaign launch event has brought together important leaders who care deeply about the issues and challenges facing the Jewish people in New York, in Israel,
and around the world.
In that quarter-century, the inaugural has raised nearly $719.4 million, a sum that has been the cornerstone of UJA-Federation’s work to address urgent economic, educational, and community issues, as well as respond to humanitarian crises.
From left to right: Jerry W. Levin, president of UJA-Federation; Marica Riklis, campaign chair of UJA-Federation; Dan Meridor, Israel’s deputy PM; Alan “Ace” and Kathy Greenberg; and Andrew Tisch (Photo: Michael Priest Photography)
This year’s campaign launch had a special focus, celebrating the 25th year that Alan “Ace” and Kathy Greenberg have hosted this event. As major gift chair in 1988, Andrew Tisch asked the Greenbergs to lead the event, creating a tradition that was honored this year at the home of Andrew and his wife, Ann, by more than 100 people.
All of the guests came together to pay tribute to the Greenbergs, pledge their support to UJA-Federation, and hear Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor discuss the current situation in the Middle East.
"Alan and Kathy embody the spirit and determination of UJA-Federation and the whole Jewish community," said Alisa Doctoroff, chair of the board of UJA-Federation.
"We honor them because their extraordinary support has made a profound difference in the lives of millions of people every year, while addressing the issues that matter most to us as Jews and as New Yorkers.
"Thanks to their dedication, UJA-Federation has established an unparalleled legacy of innovative programs and measurable results."
UJA-Federation works with more than 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, with its reach spanning from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, and touching 4.5 million people each year.
Last year its donors contributed $188 million to the combined annual campaign, special and capital gifts, and planned giving.