UJA Timeline

United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection I-433 Timeline

1909

Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities is formed; YM-YWHA of the Bronx is founded; YM-YWHA of Williamsburg is organized.

1911

Bronx House is founded; YM-YWHA of Mount Vernon is founded; New York Society for the Deaf is created.

1912

YM-YWHA of Boro Park is founded.

1913

Altro Health and Rehabilitation Services is founded.

1916

June 6, 1916 – “Plan adopted by the Committee on Federation” for a “Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City”

 Camp Wildwood is organized; Jewish Board of Guardians is founded.

1917

Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York is formed; Felix M. Warburg becomes the first president of Federation (1917-1921);
Dr. I. Edwin Goldwasser begins as Executive Director of Federation (1917-1920).


Felix M. Warburg
Felix M. Warburg
I. Edwin Goldwasser
I. Edwin Goldwasser

January 1, 1917 – Incorporation of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York

January 8, 1917 – Federation bylaws finalized and officers elected

January 10, 1917 – Federation formally chartered by the state of New York.  The charter  officially became law, with approval from the Governor

Washington Heights YM-YWHA is founded.

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1920
Dr. Solomon B. Lowenstein

Dr. Solomon B. Lowenstein begins his tenure as Executive Vice-President (1920-1942); Beth Abraham Hospital founded; Vocational Advisory Service is founded.

 

1921

Arthur Lehman becomes Federation's second president (1921-1924); Camps Mikan and Recro are organized.

Arthur Lehman

1922

Jewish Board of Guardians becomes a Federation-affiliated agency.

1924

Joseph L. Buttenwieser becomes the third president of Federation (1924-1926).

Joseph L. Buttenwieser

1926

Sol M. Stroock becomes Federation's fourth President (1926-1929); Jewish Community Center of Staten Island is organized.

Sol M. Stroock

1927

Camp Rainbow is founded.

1929

Dudley D. Sicher becomes the fifth president of the Federation (1929-1931).



Dudley D. Sicher

1931

Judge Joseph M. Proskauer becomes the sixth president of the Federation (1931-1935).

Judge Joseph M. Proskauer

1932

The new main building of the Hillside Hospital is completed.

1934

Federation organizes a campaign for the relief of German Jews in conjunction with the Joint Distribution Committee; Federation Employment Service (later FEGS) and Hebrew Association for the Deaf become Federation-affiliated agencies.

1935

Samuel D. Leidesdorf becomes Federation's seventh President (1935-1937).


Samuel D. Leidesdorf

1937

Felix M. Warburg (1871-1937), Federation's first president, dies; Lawrence Marx becomes the eighth President of the Federation (1937-1938).

Lawrence Marx

1938

Madeleine Borg becomes the ninth President of Federation (1938-1939); East New York YM-YWHA is organized.


Madeleine Borg

1939

Benjamin J. Buttenwieser becomes Federation's tenth president (1939-1941); Jewish Education Committee of New York is created.



Benjamin J. Buttenwieser

1939

William Rosenwald, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver and Rabbi Jonah B. Wise (left-to-right) signing the document which created the United Jewish Appeal.

1940

New York Association for Jewish Children is formed; Camp Hebrew Educational Society is founded; Henry C. Bernstein begins his long tenure as Executive Vice-President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1940-1970).

1941

George Z. Medalie is elected the eleventh President of Federation (1941-1945); United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York is officially incorporated (December 22, 1941).



  George Z. Medalie

1942

Jewish Community Services of Long Island is established; Joseph Willen and Dr. Maurice B. Hexter begin their long tenure as Executive Vice-Presidents (1942-1967); Camp Louemma is founded; Sylvan Gotshal becomes the first President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1942-1947).


Joseph Willen
Joseph Willen
Dr. Maurice Hexter
Dr. Maurice B. Hexter

 

1943

Westchester Jewish Community Services is founded.

1944

Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities merges with the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York to form the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York; East Flatbush-Rugby YM-YWHA is founded; Moshulu-Montefiore Community Center is founded; Bronx River YM-YWHA is established.

1945

New York Association for Jewish Children becomes the Jewish Child Care Association; Building Fund Campaign for Expansion and Modernization is begun; Norman S. Goetz becomes the twelth President of Federation (1945-1948); Inwood YM-YWHA is founded; The Williamsburg YM-YWHA begins sponsoring Camp Hatikvah; The Central Bureau for the Jewish Aged (CBJA) was founded as an umbrella agency of other agencies that offered services to the elderly by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

Norman S. Goetz

1946

Jewish Social Service Association and Jewish Welfare Society of of Brooklyn merge and become a part of Jewish Family Service of the City of New York.

1947

Maimonides Hospital is formed as a result of a merger between Israel Zion Hospital of Boro Park and Beth Moses Hospital of Williamsburg; Altro Health and Rehabilitation Services expands services to include persons suffering from cardiovascular disabilities.

1948

Establishment of the State of Israel; Jewish Education Committee becomes a Federation-affiliated agency; Ralph E. Samuel becomes Federation's lucky thirteenth President (1948-1951); Monroe Goldwater becomes the second President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1948-1951).

      Ralph E. Samuel

1949

Operation "Magic Carpet" airlifts begin (National UJA) from Yemen to Israel; Gustave Hartman YM-YWHA is founded.

1950

Operation "Ezra" airlifts begin (National UJA) from Iraq to Israel; the Bronx House and Emanuel supported camps merge to become the Bronx House-Emanuel Camps; Ella Fohs Camp for Children is founded.

1951

Milton Weill is elected the fourteenth President of Federation (1951-1954); Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds are founded.



      Milton Weill

1952

Louis Broido becomes the third President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1952-1953).

1953

Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds are opened; the Free Synagogue Child Adoption Committee changes its agency charter to become non-sectarian and begins accepting children for adoption from all races and religions; Altro Health and Rehabilitation Services expands services to include persons recovering from mental illness; Shorefront YM-YWHAs of Brooklyn is founded.

1954

Long Island Jewish Hospital is opened; Salim L. Lewis becomes the fifteenth President of Federation (1954-1957); Samuel Field YM-YWHA is founded; Monroe Goldwater assumes the Presidency of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York for a second term (1954-1966).



        Salim L. Lewis

1955

After many years as the Free Synagogue Child Adoption Committee, the committee is reorganized and renamed Louise Wise Services; YM-YWHA of Mid-Westchester is founded; Washington Heights YM-YWHA and Inwood YM-YWHA merge to become the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood.

Danny Kaye


Danny Kaye records fundraising appeal for Federation

1956

Federation initiates and finances "Jewish Orientation and Training Seminars" in cooperation with Jewish Welfare Board and Jewish Education Committee; Mid-Island YM-YWHA is founded; After several camp mergers, Camp Ramapo-Anchorage is organized from Camps Bluebird, Anchorage, and Ramapo.

1957

Gustave L. Levy becomes Federation's sixteenth President (1957-1960); the Associated YM-YWHAs of Greater New York was formed by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies to evaluate needs for community centers, to raise funds and to construct and operate these centers.



      Gustave L. Levy

1959

Camp Edward Isaacs of the East New York YM-YWHA is established; East New York YM-YWHA Country Camp is founded.

1960

Lawrence A. Wien becomes the seventeenth President of Federation (1960-1963).


  Lawrence A. Wien

1960

Stuyvesant Jewish Community Center and Emanu-El Brotherhood merge to become the Emanu-El Midtown YM-YWHA; Central Nassau YM-YWHA is created; YM-YWHA of the Bronx merges with the West Bronx Community Center to become the West Bronx YM-YWHA; Associated YM-YWHA begins operation of Camp Poyntelle-Ray Hill.

1961

City of Life Campaign (a capital fund drive) begins; Home and Hospital of the Daughters of Jacob becomes a Federation-affiliated agency; the Williamsburg YM-YWHA begins sponsoring Camp Mogen Avraham; South Shore YM-YWHA is incorporated.

1962

Bronx Hospital and Lebanon Hospital merge to become Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center; East Bronx YM-YWHA opens the Hortense Libman Center.

1963

Irving Mitchell Felt is elected the eighteenth President of the Federation (1963-1966); Association of Jewish Sponsored Camps is established.
 

   Irving Mitchell Felt

1964

The Federation-affliated agency Home for the Aged and Infirm Hebrews becomes the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged; Henrietta and Stuard Hirschman YM-YWHA of Coney Island becomes an independent branch of the Associated YM-YWHA; Ella Fohs Adult Camp is established.

1965

The Williamsburg YM-YWHA opens the Dr. H. Melmuth Sternberg Camp for Girls.

1966

Mount Sinai Medical School is created; Samuel J. Silberman becomes the nineteenth President of Federation (1966-1969).




  Samuel J. Silberman

1967

David G. Salten becomes the Executive Vice-President (1967-1969) of Federation; Federation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary as a philanthropic organization; Family Location Service merges with Jewish Family Service; Edward M.M. Warburg becomes the fifth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1967).






            David G. Salten

1968

Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) is established to better meet the needs of the Jewish elderly in New York area; Albert Parker becomes the sixth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1968).

1969

Morris L. Levinson becomes the seventh President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1969-1971).

1969

George H. Heyman, Jr. becomes Federation's twentieth President (1969-1971)

1970

Ernest W. Michel becomes Executive Vice-President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1970-1986).

1970

Sanford Solender begins his tenure as Executive Vice-President of Federation (1970-1981)

1971

Lawrence B. Buttenwieser is elected the twenty-first President of Federation (1971-1974).

1972

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is established

1972

Herbert Tenzer becomes the eighth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1972).

1973

United Jewish Ys of Long Island is founded; Federation and United Jewish Appeal discuss emergency fund raising efforts in wake of Yom Kippur War; Lawrence A. Tisch becomes the ninth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1973-1974).

1974

United Jewish Appeal and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies create a Joint Campaign; Frederick P. Rose becomes the twenty-second President of Federation (1974-1977).

1974

The new UJA-Federation Board of Directors gets down to business.

1975

William J. Levitt becomes the tenth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1975).

1975

Moshe Dayan briefs UJA-Federation leaders readying a new campaign.

1976

James L. Weinberg becomes the eleventh President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1976-1978).

1977

Harry R. Mancher becomes Federation's twenty-third President (1977-1980).

Don't Wait for Miracles


 

 

Joint Campaign theme in approximately 1977 is "Don't Wait for Miracles"

1978

The Fund for Jewish Education is created to match a challenge grant from Joseph S. and Caroline Gruss; Jewish Board of Guardians merges with Jewish Family Service to become the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

1979

Stephen Shalom becomes the twelfth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1979-1981).

1980

United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York moves to Federation headquarters at 130 E. 59th St.; Wilma (Billie) S. Tisch is elected the twenty-fourth President (and first female President) of Federation (1980-1983).

1981

William Kahn begins his tenure as Executive Vice-President (1981-1986).

1982

Elaine K. Winik is elected the thirteenth President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1982-1984).

1983

Daniel S. Shapiro becomes the twenty-fifth President of Federation.

1985

UJA-Federation Joint Campaign funds assist Israel with absorption of Ethiopian Jews brought as part of Operation "Moses" and other efforts; Morton A. Kornreich becomes the fourteenth and final President of United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York (1985-1986).

1986

Morton A. Kornreich becomes the first chair of the board of directors for UJA-Federation (1986-1988).

1986

United Jewish Appeal and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies merge on July 1, 1986 to form United Jewish Appeal - Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York; Peggy Tishman becomes the first President of the merged organization (1986-1989); Stephen D. Solender (1986-1999) and Ernest W. Michel (1986-1989) begin their shared tenure as Executive Vice-Presidents of the merged organization.

1988

Joseph Gurwin elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (1988-1991).

1988

From 1988 – 1994, UJA-Federation’s AIDS initiative provided care, home hospice and education for nearly one quarter of the AIDS patients in the New York area.

1989

David G. Sacks is elected the second President of UJA-Federation (1989-1992).

1991

Operation Solomon: 14,000 Ethiopian Jews evaluated to Israel in 36 hours

1991

New York Jewish Population Study finds 1,420,000 "core" Jewish persons live in 638,000 Jewish households in the eight-county New York area served by UJA-Federation of New York: the five boroughs of New York City and the adjacent suburban counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester.

1991

Irwin Hochberg elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (1991-1994).

1992

Alan S. Jaffe becomes the third President of UJA-Federation (1992-1995).

1993

UJA-Federation of NY in partnership with network agencies, raised $2 million and successfully developed the first of many NORCs supported in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

1994

Larry A. Silverstein elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (1994-1997).

1995

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, UJA-Federation supports Operation Exodus and Passage to Freedom, helping 130,000 Jews immigrate to America and 700,000 resettle in Israel.

1995

Louise B. Greilsheimer becomes UJA-Federation's fourth President (1995-1998).

1996

"Guiding Organizational Change: The New York UJA-Federation (1986-1996)" is published.

1997

Judith Stern Peck elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (1997-2000).

1998

James S. Tisch becomes the fifth President of UJA-Federation (1998-2001).

1999

John S. Ruskay becomes the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President of UJA-Federation (1999-2014).

2000

UJA-Federation of New York is restructured. The Jewish Continuity Commission becomes the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal and two additional thematic commissions are created—the Caring Commission and the Commission on the Jewish People—to carry out UJA-Federation’s mission of caring for those in need, rescuing those in harm’s way, and renewing Jewish life in New York, Israel and around the world.

2000

Larry Zicklin elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2000-2001).

2001

Morris W. Offit elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2001-2004).

2001

In partnership with JDC , launched Birth-to-Bagrut initiative, a multi-year holistic intervention for Ethiopian-Israeli school children and youth, aged birth to 18.

2001

Larry Zicklin is elected the sixth President of UJA-Federation (2001-2004).

2001

UJA-Federation creates the Israel Trauma Coalition in response to the Intifada.

2001

September 11, 2001: UJA-Federation agencies are among first responders, providing crucial support for families and survivors, and forming the 9/11 United Services Group, a partnership of local social-service agencies.

2001

Made it possible for NY young adults to travel to Israel for free on Birthright.

2002

COJECO is founded. (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations): Creation of an umbrella for organizations working with the RSJ (Russian Speaking Jewish) community in New York.

2004

Morris W. Offit becomes the seventh president of UJA-Federation.

2004

Susan K. Stern elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2004-2007).

2004

Jewish Community Study of New York: 2002, UJA-Federation of New York is published, Major findings include:

  • 1,667,000 people in Jewish Households.
  • The size of the Jewish population stabilized after decades of decline.
  • Over 200,000 Russian-speaking Jews live in the New York area. The Russian-speaking community is about one-fifth of New York City’s Jewish community, though only 4% of Jewish Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester.
  • Intermarriage rates remain relatively low, especially in comparison with the rest of the country.
  • Jewish poverty doubled from poverty levels reported in 1991. One in six Jewish households is poor.
2004

Launch of CINVS—Community Initiative for Nazi Victim Services.

2005

Following Hurricane Katrina, UJA-Federation raises $5 million for crisis intervention, health care and redevelopment for the Gulf Coast’s Jewish community.

2005

Mollie and Jack Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence of MJHS was established as a partnership of UJA-Federation and Continuum Hospice Care- later and presently with MJHS- to address the significant needs of Jewish Hospice patients who could not be cared for at home.

2006

The Board of Jewish Education merges with the Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services and restructures to become The Jewish Education Project.

2007

John M. Shapiro becomes the eighth president of UJA-Federation (2007-2010).

2007

Jerry W. Levin elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2007-2010).

2009

In response to the recession, UJA-Federation launches Connect to Care, offering economic, legal, employment counseling, helping 87,000 middle class people get back on their feet.

2010

Alisa R. Doctoroff elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2010-2013).

2011

Jerry W. Levin becomes the ninth president of UJA-Federation (2010-2013).

2011

The UJA-Federation of New York Archives Project begins, a four-year project to document the philanthropic organization and its historic impact on health and human services, vulnerable populations, education, and disaster relief in metropolitan New York and in Israel.

2012

Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 is released. Major findings included:

  • 1,769,000  people in Jewish Households.
  • The eight-county New York area is home to the greatest concentration of Jews in the United States, and the population is growing; New York City’s Jewish population returns to over 1 million.
  • The New York Jewish population is highly diverse in many dimensions, including national origin, types of Jewish identification, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and race. (Nearly a half million Jews live in Orthodox households. About 220,000 people in Russian-speaking households. About 12% of Jewish households are multiracial or nonwhite.)
  • About a third of all Jewish households (32%) in the eight-county area are poor or near poor.
2012

Within days of Hurricane Sandy devastating New York region, UJA-Federation releases $10 million to aid recovery efforts.

2013

Alisa R. Doctoroff becomes the tenth president of UJA-Federation (2013-2016).

2013

Linda Mirels elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2013-2016).

2014

Day School Challenge Fund launched

2014

UJA-Federation of NY is the co-funder, catalyst, and visionary partner that co-created JCC Global’s "Amitim - Fellows—A Global Leadership Network" program which built a strong network of global Jewish leaders among JCCs worldwide; in North America, Israel, Latin America, Europe and FSU, reaching at least 10,000 Jews worldwide through Jewish Peoplehood programs.

2014

Eric S. Goldstein becomes CEO (2014-Present).

2014

As Israel launches Operation Protective Edge, UJA-Federation offers critical support for medical equipment, psychological trauma relief, recovery and rebuilding.

2015

UJA-Federation creates a national evaluation network.

2016

Robert S. Kapito elected chair of UJA-Federation's board of directors (2016-Present).

2016

Over 2,000 attend the largest Wall St. Dinner.

2016

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld becomes the eleventh president of UJA-Federation (2016-Present).

2016

Celebrate Israel Parade marks fiftieth anniversary.