Volunteers work the phones for donations to help less fortunate Jewish BX residents

(02/08/04) UNIONPORT ROAD - According to a new study, poverty among Jewish people living in the Bronx is at an all time high at the same time New York City's overall poverty rate fell between 1991 and 2001.

A new report on Jewish poverty from the United Jewish Appeal states that there are 10,400 Bronx Jews living below the federal poverty guideline. Additionally, the greatest increase in the Jewish poverty population in the Bronx has been among the elderly. They now represent one out of every four poor people in Jewish homes.

On Sunday, volunteers worked the phones to get donations for the less fortunate Jewish people. The volunteers' goal is to raise $200,000 for Bronx programs.

The report on Jewish poverty also states 1,500 poor Jewish people are living in the northeast Bronx, including sections like Pelham Parkway and Co-op City.

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