Nearly 100 of Westchester’s most philanthropic donors came together to kick off UJA-Federation of New York’s 2020 Annual Campaign and celebrate the organization’s vital work on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Guests heard from New York Times op-ed editor and author Bari Weiss in conversation with Larchmont resident Jeffrey Solomon. Both are Pittsburgh natives and members of Tree of Life Synagogue – the site of last October’s massacre of 11 Jews. They discussed the rise of anti-Semitism and Weiss’s first book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, which was released in September.
Before joining the Times, Weiss was an op-ed editor at the Wall Street Journal and an associate book review editor there. For two years, she was a senior editor at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish news, politics, and culture, where she edited the site’s political and news coverage. Vanity Fair recently called Weiss the Times’s “star opinion writer” and The Jerusalem Post just named Bari the seventh most influential Jew in the world.
Guests also heard from Mamaroneck resident Wayne Goldstein, chair of UJA’s Network Department, about how UJA is working to combat anti-Semitism by investing $4 million over two years to enhance the physical security of the approximately 2,000 Jewish institutions in the New York area.
Cindy Golub of Mamaroneck, UJA’s Westchester Regional Chair, welcomed guests and shared highlights of recent Westchester initiatives. “We are now addressing the issue of hidden Jewish poverty in Westchester. As a first step, we’ve built a network connecting 40 synagogues, JCCs, Hillels, and social service partners across Westchester”, said Golub. “Tonight, we’ve come together as Pacesetters – literally to set the pace for giving for the year. Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to build solutions to our local challenges and beyond.”
Funds raised at the event go to UJA-Federation, which sustains the activities of a network that includes hundreds of nonprofits, including more than 70 core partners, ten of which are located in Westchester. These community-based organizations provide services that combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen children and families, and open doors to those with disabilities and special needs.