A select guide to High Holiday charitable giving

American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
(312) 641-5700

Since its establishment in 1934 in Rehovot, Israel, the Weizmann Institute of Science has grown into one of the foremost centers of multidisciplinary research and graduate study in the world. With a 3,800-strong scientific community, it fulfills Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s vision that it be a place of peace, collaboration, and scientific excellence. Weizmann scientists focus on improving health and medicine; fighting cancer; protecting our planet; advancing technology; improving education; and exploring the physical world.

The Institute’s fundamental research has led to discoveries and practical applications with a major impact on the quality of life of millions of people worldwide. This commitment to basic science provides Weizmann researchers with freedom to explore the unknown, in an environment where curiosity and collaboration flourish. The Weizmann Institute’s commitment to innovation and collaboration benefits Israel in many ways. Institute alumni are prominent at leading universities, laboratories, and corporations in Israel and numerous other countries, contributing to the globalization of scientific knowledge. The Institute is responsible for much of Israel’s widely admired success in education, helping create a science-literate society and ensuring that new generations of scientists will be nurtured. Weizmann advances are responsible for creating dozens of Israeli companies and thousands of new jobs. Products resulting from Weizmann research contribute billions of dollars per year to Israel’s economy.

American Friends of The Hebrew University
(312) 329-0332

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s research powerhouse and produces the nation’s leaders. Since opening its doors in 1925, The Hebrew University has been Israel’s preeminent institution of higher learning. Founded in 1918 by Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann, Sigmund Freud and other visionaries, Hebrew University consistently ranks among the top 100 universities worldwide. The university attracts top students from Israel and 70 additional countries, and engages in hundreds of international research partnerships every year.

Hebrew University faculty and alumni have won seven Nobel Prizes in just one decade, a remarkable accomplishment. Among the many renowned alumni are Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s president, and Miriam Naor, the president of Israel’s Supreme Court and the second female Supreme Court President in Israel’s history. Approximately 25% of all Knesset members and two-thirds of Israel’s Supreme Court justices are graduates of the University. 

Forty percent of Israel’s civilian research is generated by Hebrew University, and many of these innovations are commercialized for the benefit of people worldwide. This year, Hebrew University and Cleveland Clinic launched an unprecedented partnership to create a virtual Center for Transformative Nanomedicine to harness the potential of nanotechnology to develop effective new medications, therapies and drug delivery systems to tackle global health threats including cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological diseases. This is just one example of Hebrew University innovation. Visit www.afhu.org for more information.

American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) is a national, not-for-profit organization with offices throughout the United States. AFHU, working in close partnership with Hebrew University, provides programs and events and conducts fundraising activities in support of Hebrew University’s internationally recognized community of leading scholars and scientists. 

(773) 973-1000
The ARK Northwest
(773) 973-0011

“Some days, when I get home at the end of the day, I worry. I’m not sure I can do this anymore. Then I wake up in the morning and come back. And I’m always so glad I did.”   

These aren’t the words of an ARK client experiencing financial adversity—this is how one of our social workers describes her work at The ARK.

“It seems there’s no end to the heartbreaking stories. It’s sometimes hard to listen, because I don’t have a magic wand and I can’t just make everyone’s troubles instantly disappear. And I can’t take 4,000 people home with me and let them live in my house and take care of them.”

But at The ARK, she can take care of them—and even listening is important, she finds. “It’s hard for people to accept help. When people get into financial trouble, they often feel ashamed. They don’t confide in their friends, especially if there’s something really personal.” One of her clients has a son who is in jail for embezzling money from his company, and his wife is struggling to support their children. Another client discovered, after her husband left her, that he hadn’t been paying the mortgage or insurance premiums and had emptied their savings accounts, and she was about to lose her home; but even her own family blamed her for the divorce and was unsympathetic. Yet another client has an adult daughter who suffers from chronic mental illness, and who disappears for weeks at a time.

“But here, besides getting help, people can unburden themselves,” the social worker says. “We have empathy; we don’t judge anyone. They know this is a safe place. When people come in to my office, and I listen to them, I become the bearer of their pain. And they are so grateful—sometimes it’s just a small thing they say, or even a facial expression—looking more at ease—even if they don’t say anything.”

But, of course, listening isn’t enough. “All the time I’m listening to one of my clients, I’m thinking, ‘How can I get what she needs?’ There are so many people who need so much, and our resources aren’t ever enough. How many people can I fit into the lifeboat? Sometimes I feel like King Solomon. I can help people enough to get them through a crisis—pay their rent and electric bill, give them food, fill their prescriptions—but then what? It takes a lot of time and resources to really get someone back to being independent and self-sufficient, and it’s not always an easy fix. Sometimes we can only help them tread water while we work on the problems—but we’ve saved them from drowning.”

For forty-six years, The ARK has been the Chicagoland Jewish community’s main address for caring, supportive, personalized help for whatever is needed. The ARK relies on the support of the community for the resources to provide this vital help. No matter the nature or size of the need, The ARK steps in to cover the gaps by helping with the electric or gas bill; providing medical and dental care, eyeglasses, and prescription medications; food, clothing, diapers and baby formula; mental health counseling; shelter and transitional housing for people who lose their homes; holiday meals; and a caring community. All services are provided free of charge, within a framework of Jewish values and laws.

The ARK offers services at two locations in Chicago and Northbrook. For more information about services for yourself or someone you know, contact Dr. Vicki Hass, Clinical Director, at (773) 681-8962 or vhass@arkchicago.org. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

In keeping with its mission to build bridges between volunteers and those in need, The ARK relies upon thousands of volunteers—from physicians, dentists and lawyers to retirees and schoolchildren—to provide all kinds of help. For more information about volunteering, contact Sophia Zisook, Director of Volunteers and Outreach, at (773) 681-8982 or szisook@arkchicago.org.

The ARK’s life-saving services are funded primarily through the generosity of individuals in the local Jewish community, with additional grants from JUF, foundations, and corporations.  To help us continue to help your Chicagoland Jewish neighbors in need, or for general information, visit The ARK’s website at www.arkchicago.org.

Create a Jewish Legacy/Chicago
(312) 357-4963

Endowments can keep giving forever. And so do the lessons learned through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Create a Jewish Legacy program. In just its first two cohorts, the effort has raised $25.6 million for participating organizations.

Create a Jewish Legacy strengthens the Jewish community by training and supporting Jewish agencies, day schools and synagogues in legacy giving, planned giving and endowments. The program teaches leaders the ins and outs of structuring, operating and securing legacy gifts for endowments, which will provide a steady and potentially growing stream of dollars to sustain them for generations to come.

JUF’s Create a Jewish Legacy is part of a national program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to preserve vibrant Jewish life for future generations by ensuring the long-term financial health of Jewish community organizations. JUF’s program also is supported by the Crown Family.

The first cohort of Create a Jewish Legacy currently includes Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation, Chicago Jewish Day School, CJE SeniorLife, Hebrew Theological College, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, Jewish Child & Family Services, North Shore Congregation Israel, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago and Temple Jeremiah.

The second cohort includes Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Jewish Community Center of Chicago, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago, SHALVA, Sinai Health System, Temple Beth-El, Temple Chai and Temple Sholom of Chicago.

To learn more, contact Tamar Wolf at (312) 357-4963, or legacy@juf.org.

(773) 583-4673

SHALVA supports Jewish women experiencing and healing from domestic abuse, through counseling, supportive services, and community education. We offer a caring and supportive environment for survivors to sort through their confusion and feelings, to understand the pattern of abuse, and to begin making healthy decisions about their future. Clients work with SHALVA at their own pace, receiving whatever help it takes to make healthy decisions, feel valued and retake control of their lives. We provide a 24-hour crisis/help line; safety planning; culturally sensitive individual and group counseling; legal information and support; financial assistance and referrals.  

The generous support from loyal and new donors helps provide the vital services that women need on their journey from surviving to thriving. To donate to SHALVA or for more information, call (773) 583 HOPE (4673) or email info@shalvaonline.org.

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