The UJA-Federation of New York is committed to solving pressing problems faced by the community, with over 50,000 donors who pool their resources. It’s been bringing the Jewish community together for 100 years, responding to crises at home, in Israel, and nearly 70 other countries.
According to the UJA-Federation of New York website, it’s the world’s largest local philanthropy. Together with hundreds of nonprofits, UJA touches the lives of 4.5 million people each year. Since 2007, the UJA invested more than $81 million in urgent relief to those affected, with 30 relief missions for Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Houston. It additionally distributed $1.6 million in disaster relief funds and hand-delivered $4 million worth of donated humanitarian supplies.
The 2018 report reads 9.6 million meals were served in NY; 577,000 elderly cared for in NY, Israel, and the former Soviet Union; 16,000 kids across the state participated in Jewish summer camp; 440,000 mental health counseling sessions were provided in NY; 17,000 local college students stayed connected to the Jewish community through 15 campus Hillels; and 100,000 New Yorkers received free legal services.
Adrienne Tanner, executive director of UJA Women at UJA-Federation of NY, said, “We’re responding to rising anti-Semitism here in New York by ensuring security enhancements for Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout local communities.”
All of this generosity is compounded with a new angle, fashion. On Thursday, August 1, from 10 AM to 4 PM, the UJA-Federation of NY will host the annual Hamptons Trunk Show at Bridgehampton Historical Society. The trunk show began 13 years ago in a private home with only seven vendors. It has since grown to include over 60 vendors and nearing 1000 people in attendance.
“We love working with designers who share our passion for philanthropy and our mission to care for those in need. Aligning ourselves with generous yet hugely talented designers who our guests will enjoy is a great synergy,” said Tammy Brass, director of UJA Women at UJA-Federation of NY.
Returning names include Jennifer Miller, Lissa Fine Jewelry, and Jodi Rose. New vendors this year expected to be a big hit include Modern Wick, Ever After, and Tenet. It’s a place for designer clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home decor surrounded by music, refreshments, and all in a tented outdoor space.
Tanner continued, “The fashion industry in general has been a tremendous supporter of UJA, hosting private events and engaging with our work to help Holocaust survivors and help send kids to Jewish camp. The trunk show combines the best of fashion and philanthropy by exposing designers to UJA supporters and using a portion of proceeds to help people in need.”
Twenty percent of proceeds of all sales benefit the UJA-Federation of NY. The event is rain or shine. Bridgehampton Historical Society is located at 2368 Montauk Highway. Registration at the door is $60, $30 of which is tax-deductible.
The UJA’s next event scheduled is Supplies for Success on August 22 at the Bridgehampton Community House, where hundreds of volunteers will fill new backpacks with school supplies for low-income children on the East End. Anyone interested in learning more can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on how to donate or volunteer, visit www.ujafedny.org.