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UJA-Federation of New York's Culture Circle Kicks Off 2014 with Bestselling Author Jonathan Tropper

Karen Sobel of Purchase, Jill Weisfeld of Scarsdale, author Jonathan Tropper, Lois Kohn-Claar of Scarsdale, and Allison Wohl of Purchase
Karen Sobel of Purchase, Jill Weisfeld of Scarsdale, author Jonathan Tropper, Lois Kohn-Claar of Scarsdale, and Allison Wohl of Purchase

UJA-Federation of New York's Culture Circle kicked off 2014 with bestselling author Jonathan Tropper. More than 140 women came to hear Tropper, author of The Book of Joe, One Last Thing Before I Go, and This Is Where I Leave You. The gathering, which took place at Congregation Emanu-El in Rye, also heard from Cantor Mia Davison of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. Davison played the part of a cantor in the film adaptation of Tropper’s book, This Is Where I Leave You, which is due out in September starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. The group had the opportunity to learn about the vital work of UJA-Federation and the 4.5 million people it helps each year. “It’s impossible for me to tell you all the ways we make miracles happen — I’d be standing here until next Sunday,” said Westchester Women’s Philanthropy Chair Lois Kohn-Claar of Scarsdale. “But I find the numbers amazing, like the 2 million New Yorkers who benefit from the work of our beneficiary agencies.”

About UJA-Federation of New York

For more than 95 years, UJA-Federation has inspired New Yorkers to act on their values and invest in our community for the biggest impact. Through UJA-Federation, nearly 60,000 donors address issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and Jews everywhere, to connect people to their Jewish communities, and to respond to crises close to home and around the globe. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, UJA-Federation is the world’s largest local philanthropy; our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.

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