United Jewish Appeal

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The primary organization through which U.S. Jews support Jews in other parts of the world. The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was founded in 1939, when the United Palestine Appeal merged with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the National Refugee Service. Most of the funds raised by the UJA go to the United Israel Appeal, which operates through the Jewish Agency in Israel. In 1999 the UJA, the United Israel Appeal, and the Council of Jewish Federations merged to form the United Jewish Communities, which that year was reported to have raised $524 million.