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Foundation Pledges Matching Gift to Federation

News Release from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation has made a generous matching gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s annual UJA Federation Campaign. The Farash Foundation will contribute up to a total of $250,000 by matching all new gifts, as well as all increased dollars, to the Federation’s 2012 effort. The UJA Federation Campaign provides support to local Jewish agencies and synagogues, as well as social welfare, humanitarian, and cultural programs in Israel and 70 other countries around the world.
“We are very grateful that the Farash Foundation has chosen to express their support for the innovative work we do to maintain a strong and vibrant Jewish community,” said Carolyn Nussbaum, current Federation president. “Their matching gift serves as an inspiration, and a challenge, to us all. We appreciate their leadership by example, and I am confident that our community will rise to the challenge. Their vote of confidence means that we will be able to reach more people to provide assistance and support, in our local community, in Israel and around the world.”
“The Farash Foundation is pleased to support the Federation’s campaign, especially in a way that encourages the Federation’s many other supporters to increase their own donations as well as prompting new donors to contribute,” said Nathan J. Robfogel, chair of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Helping to fund Jewish initiatives reflects the legacy of Max and Marian Farash and is a fundamental part of the foundation’s core mission. We regard the Federation as a partner in fulfilling that goal.”
Larry Fine, Executive Director of the Federation, adds his gratitude. “The Farash Foundation has given each of us a powerful motivator to do our personal best on behalf of the annual campaign. Their generosity, and our community’s generosity, is deeply appreciated.”
The annual UJA Federation Campaign has been the heart of Jewish philanthropy in Rochester for the 70-plus years of the Federation’s existence. The Campaign in Rochester supports five local agencies: the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Senior Life, Hillel Community Day School and Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges. In Israel and around the world, the Federation works through its global partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
The Federation itself, here in Rochester, implements initiatives in Jewish and Israel education, Holocaust education, interfaith awareness and community service on behalf of Greater Rochester. Last year the Rochester Federation raised approximately $4.2 million through the annual UJA Federation Campaign.
The Rochester Federation is part of the Jewish Federations of North America, which supports innovative solutions to feed, clothe, comfort and rescue people in need and inspire, educate, and connect people to their Jewish identity.  
Learn more about the annual UJA Federation Campaign or donate online at JewishRochester.org.    
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