Fighting anti-Semitism

UJA-Federation of New York’s 2020 annual campaign was held Oct. 17 at a private home in Larchmont, hosting nearly 100 philanthropic donors from Westchester. 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’ first book, “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” which was released in September. Wayne Goldstein, chair of UJA’s Network Department, also spoke 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. 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, 10 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. Author Weiss is flanked by Scarsdale residents Fiona Silver and Steven Silver.

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