UJC donates to Virginia Tech following massacre
Organization approves $10,000 grant for long-term healing programs, additional $20,000 to support Jewish students, local Jewish community. ‘UJC immediately felt the responsibility to extend support to the victims and their families,’ UJC Israel’s director general says
Untied Jewish Communities (UJC) and North American Federations joined the effort to extend aid to the stricken community at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the wake of last week's shooting massacre.
UJC and the Federations are supporting the 25,000 member student community, including 1,400 Jewish students, the Virginia Tech Hillel and the Jewish community of Blacksburg, where the campus is located.
The UJC Emergency Committee this week approved a $10,000 grant to the Virginia Tech Hillel to help offer enhanced services for students and faculty in the immediate wake of the shooting and for long-term healing programs. The grant is dedicated to the memory of the shooting victims.
In addition, UJC, together with a number of federations, is providing more than $20,000 in support for Jewish students and the local Jewish community. Other federations are also getting involved.
Nachman Shai, senior vice president and director general of UJC Israel, said, "UJC immediately felt the responsibility to extend support
to the victims and their families. Thanks to the fact that our national Federation system is in place, we were able to respond quickly and efficiently, in collaboration with those on the ground, in order to tend to the most urgent needs and help the healing of the Virginia Tech community."