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UJC Statement: IsraelNOW and Forever Solidarity Rally

Gail Hyman, Vice President, Public Affairs

H. Glenn Rosenkrantz, Director of Media Relations

NEW YORK - September 12, 2001 - Respecting the need of all civilized people to grieve and begin healing from the horrific events of Tuesday, and in full support of law enforcement and public safety officials who are performing their duties under extreme conditions and emotional challenges, United Jewish Communities (UJC) and the Federations of North America will not hold the IsraelNow and Forever Solidarity Rally scheduled to take place in midtown Manhattan on September 23rd.

While coming days and weeks should be devoted to expressions of sorrow for the thousands of innocent people who perished yesterday, and for the loved ones they left behind, UJC encourages all people of good will to take time on the 23rd to gather with friends, neighbors and relatives - in homes and places of worship - to pray for an end to terrorism throughout the world.

UJC intends to maintain the partnerships it created with local and national groups in preparation for the rally, and redirect all efforts and energies to address anew the issue of unity and solidarity in light of yesterday's events. Updates will be posted on the UJC Web site,
We stand today, as always, in solidarity with all peace-loving people, here at home, in Israel, and throughout the world.

United Jewish Communities (UJC) represents 189 Jewish Federations and 400 independent communities across North America.  Together, they demonstrate unparalleled philanthropic success.  Last year, 700,000 people contributed more than $826 million to the UJA Federation Annual Campaign and another $1.2 billion to endowment funds, capital campaigns, foundations and other special projects.  UJC is a $2 billion annual enterprise that provides life-saving and life-enhancing humanitarian assistance to those in need, and translates Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions of Jews in hundreds of communities in North America, in towns and villages throughout Israel, in the former Soviet Union, and 60 countries around the world.