Statement from Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York

New York (October 7, 2023) — “UJA-Federation stands with Israel as it defends itself against the horrific barrage of terrorist attacks on the people of Israel. We are working with our partners to provide urgent resources. New York — the largest Jewish community outside of Israel — is in unbreakable solidarity with Israel at war. 

I am currently in Israel, working with our partners on the ground to help get assistance to where it is needed most. The global Jewish community stands in unity with the Israeli people and share their grief and anger at this callous, cowardly assault on Israeli citizens.”

About UJA-Federation of New York:

Working with a network of hundreds of nonprofits, UJA extends its reach from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching the lives of 4.5 million people each year. Every year, UJA provides approximately $180 million in grants. In addition, to date UJA has provided more than $11 million in Ukraine-related emergency funding. For more information, visit



Emergency Fund Launched to Support the People of Israel 

Israel is at war, and in response to the overwhelming – and rapidly escalating – scope of the crisis, UJA-Federation of New York is allocating an initial $10 million in emergency funding from its endowment to provide immediate relief to victims of the vicious terrorist attacks. 

Right now, the thousands of victims include hundreds of bereaved families, those coping with the unimaginable horror of loved ones having been taken hostage, and orphaned children. This is a crisis the likes of which Israel has not seen in half a century. 

To help with the 
immense needs, UJA-Federation has also launched an Israel Emergency Fund to raise the necessary resources to support UJA nonprofit partners proving critical aid to the people of Israel. To donate, go to 

In New York, Community Security Initiative, a partnership of UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY, is working to strengthen and protect local Jewish institutions in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies.