United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York is located approximately 150 miles north of New York City, and about 200 miles south of Montreal. We serve the Jewish community of approximately 20,000 in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Southern Warren Counties, covering nearly 1,000 square miles.
United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York was established November 2, 1986 in a consolidation of the Greater Albany Jewish Federation and the Schenectady Jewish Federation. The Troy Jewish community joined the Federation June 5, 1988.
The mission of United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York is to build and maintain a strong and united Jewish community, in order to ensure the creative survival and continuity of the Jewish people. It is the Jewish community's central agency for meeting Jewish needs and articulating Jewish concerns nationally and around the world.
Federation is a voluntary, nonprofit association of contributors and community agencies. It serves the needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally and overseas through organized leadership, cooperative action and coordinated fundraising. Although it endeavors to blend varying elements in the community into a strong and cohesive Jewish entity, part of Federation's strength actually derives from the differing viewpoints which are represented and expressed among the thousands of men and women who participate.
The Northeastern New York-Eshkol Israel Partnership committee is comprised of 21 members, who are devoted to the State of Israel. Combined, members of the committee have been to Israel nearly 200 times! Many have family, and all have friends, living in Israel.
Louis-Jack Pozner, a local attorney, is the first chairperson of the steering committee. Randy Shapiro and Liz Gellis, respectively chair the People-to-People and Education subcommittees. Past, present, and future presidents of United Jewish Federation serve on the main steering committee and help guide our unwavering support to the Eshkol Region and to Israel.