Alan SchoorMet Council Appoints Alan Schoor Executive Director and CEO 

April 15, 2015 (New York, NY) - Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”) today announced that its board of directors has voted to appoint Alan Schoor as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Schoor, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro College, will officially join Met Council in mid-May. He is replacing David M. Frankel, who, as previously announced, will serve Met Council through 2015 as its Executive Chairman.

“Alan’s appointment marks a great step forward for Met Council,” said Met Council Board President, Steven Price. “His 35 years of experience managing government, corporate and Jewish communal not-for-profit organizations will enhance service delivery and program development for Met Council. Over the past year, under David Frankel’s leadership, Met Council has improved governance, operational, and financial controls; developed a plan for the organization’s longstanding financial viability as an independent organization; and expanded many program areas in its portfolio — and we are eternally grateful for his service.”

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lunchbox.jpgMet Council And UJA-Federation Combat Sex Trafficking 

Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of sex trafficking, an epidemic that hurts people from every community from all over the world including American-born children. It is estimated that 27 million people, including 2 million children, are currently in bondage in modern-day slavery across the world.

To help raise awareness in New York City, Met Council partnered with UJA-Federation for an evening campaign. Volunteers from UJA-Federation distributed 1,200 bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline (888.373.7888) within high risk neighborhoods in order to reach potential victims. Prior to canvassing the neighborhood, volunteers learned about the realities of sex trafficking from social workers and advocates at Met Council.

Met Council’s Family Violence Program assists survivors of intimate partner and family abuse as well as sex trafficking victims with a variety of services that create safety, support healing, and promote self-sufficiency.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call us at 212-453-9618



Caring For The Caregiver 

Met Council together with Boro Park JCC, JCC of Greater Coney Island and Shorefront JCC, commemorated Yom Hashoah 2015 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) through two in-service days to recognize the incredible work and challenges case workers face. The seminars provided case workers with tools and strategies on serving an aging survivor population.

“With more than 30,000 Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area living at or below the poverty level, Met Council and our JCC network work to address the distinct challenges of Holocaust survivors in a culturally competent atmosphere of respect and empathy,” said Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel.

“Serving a neighborhood that has perhaps the largest concentration of holocaust survivors anywhere outside the State of Israel has its unique challenges. These workshops provide an invaluable service to our staff in dealing with these challenges,” said Boro Park JCC Executive Director, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber.

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New Report: 80,000 Kosher Households In NYC Are Food Insecure

Recent analysis shows that there are more than 300,000 people living in approximately 80,000 poor and near-poor Jewish households that keep kosher (Jewish dietary laws), according to data collected in the most recent The Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty by UJA-Federation of NY in consultation with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

The high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge for many New Yorkers: on average, a kosher meal is 30% more expensive. To enable these households to celebrate the Passover holiday, Met Council distributed 2.2 million pounds of kosher-for-Passover food to families in need and provided more than $430,000 in food cards to purchase kosher-for-Passover food.

“The Passover Haggadah teaches us to ‘let all who are hungry come to our table,”’ said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “With one in four Jewish New Yorkers struggling to feed their families kosher and nutritious foods, Met Council’s extraordinary staff works every day with our Jewish Community Council network — located on the front lines in all five boroughs — and City and State agency partners to provide dignified solutions to hunger. The 2.2 million pounds of food the $430,000 in food cards we distributed enabled our clients to observe Passover with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive.”

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