Connect to Care

A Response to the Economic Downturn

In this recession, many of us find ourselves in need of support – even those of us who never expected to need assistance. UJA-Federation of New York's Connect to Care takes aim at the impact of the economic downturn in the Jewish community throughout all of New York City. This program provides a broad array of coordinated services designed to offer you and your family the help you need where and when you need it. Services are easy to access, discreet, and comprehensive, addressing a broad range of challenges you or your family may be facing.

The program offers:

  • Employment and career-transition services, including job networking opportunities and career seminars.
  • Financial consultation, debt counseling, and budget assistance.
  • Legal services.
  • Supportive counseling and Jewish spiritual care.
  • Loan Assistance.
  • Online Spiritual Resources for the Economic Downturn.

We're Here to Help

To get help and to make an appointment in Manhattan, Riverdale, or Brownstone Brooklyn, call us at (212) 632-4602 or email For further information about UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care, and to see locations of other Centers, call UJA-Federation’s J11 Helpline at 1.877.UJA.NYJ11 (1-877-852-6951); or visit

The following agencies are partners with The Jewish Board for UJA-Federation of New York's Connect to Care in Manhattan:

  • The JCC in Manhattan is a full service Jewish community center which will provide, by appointment, on-site Connect to Care services – legal, financial and supportive counseling and a range of workshops and wellness programs.
  • Educational Alliance offers services for education, cultural enrichment, eldercare, childcare, parenting, fitness and recreation, drug abuse, mental health treatment, and employment services.
  • New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a nonprofit organization that offers vulnerable New Yorkers the legal help they critically need. NYLAG's mission is to provide free, civil legal services to individuals and families who would otherwise be unable to access legal assistance.
  • Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty serves as an advocate and defender for individuals in crisis. Met Council will provide its full array of services to Connect to Care clients, including crisis intervention, family violence intervention, emergency food and clothing, career services and health insurance enrollment.
  • Hebrew Free Loan Society provides loans for one-time expenses to pay for Jewish needs – such as day school, yeshiva tuition and related services – that a family might have to forgo in tight economic circumstances.

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