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UNITED JEWISH COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

New York – January 14, 2003 – United Jewish Communities (UJC) President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen H. Hoffman announced today that Samuel Astrof will begin serving as UJC Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Administration, beginning February 1, 2003.

Mr. Astrof, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the United Way of New York City, including the September 11th Fund, joins UJC with more than 20 years experience as a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP.  He is a CPA with an MBA and has served as the firm's senior technical review partner for its major not-for-profit entities in the New York area. 

"Samuel Astrof joins UJC and the Jewish Federation system with superb qualifications and experience in the charitable sector," Mr. Hoffman said. "I have full confidence that he will make an exceptionally strong contribution to our organization's mission and operation."

United Jewish Communities (UJC) represents 156 Jewish Federations and 400 independent communities across North America. Through the UJA Federation Campaign, UJC 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. Through the Israel Emergency Campaign (IEC), United Jewish Communities (UJC) and the Jewish Federations of North America, in cooperation with their overseas partners, The Jewish Agency (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), are providing human welfare, social and economic assistance and other types of support to Israelis, many of them victims of terror, as they endure a period of extreme challenge.