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United Jewish Communities Statement Regarding The United Jewish Federation Of Tidewater (Va)

New York -- January 26, 2004 -- Officers of United Jewish Communities (UJC) today reported to the UJC Board of Trustees that the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (Virginia) has failed to meet its UJC membership obligations and that the federation will be removed from the UJC North American Jewish federation network.

The move is based on the federation's continuing delinquency on payment of its fair share of dues to the national organization. Despite repeated, deliberate and concerted efforts to resolve these issues with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, UJC officers have, regrettably, been unable to reach a more favorable conclusion.

By taking this action, UJC is enforcing bylaws accepted by all member federations to create a strong, continental network of Jewish community federations. In a united fashion, the Jewish federations of North America effectively meet domestic and overseas challenges and objectives to the benefit of Jewish people everywhere.

UJC hopes that the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will reconsider its payment of fair share dues and looks forward to once again embracing the community as part of the continental Jewish federation movement.


United Jewish Communities (UJC) represents 155 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.