UJA-Federation Responding to Crisis: Hurricane Katrina

By Alan Cohen, Cheryl Fishbein

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

Within days of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, UJA-Federation of New York's professionals and volunteer leadership decided that the basic Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) warranted its direct involvement in the Gulf Coast. UJA-Federation thus established a relief fund, which quickly raised $5.2 million from more than 12,800 donors. Over the course of two years, we made more than 30 grants totaling $6.4 million and dedicated a considerable amount of lay and professional staff time to the Gulf Coast. What were the key issues that directed our activities, and what did we learn?

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Jewish Federations, Communal Responsibility, Crisis Management, Disaster Management, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Emergency Management, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 167-170

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New Orleans, Louisiana , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Alan. Fishbein, Cheryl. UJA-Federation Responding to Crisis: Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 167-170. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8134


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