American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
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.
Create a Jewish Legacy/Chicago
Endowments can keep giving forever. And so do the lessons learned through the Jewish United Fund’s Create a Jewish Legacy program. In less than four years, the effort has raised an estimated $37.8 million for participating organizations’ endowments from over 1,290 legacy commitments.
JUF’s Create a Jewish Legacy is a hands-on endowment fundraising program that strengthens the Jewish community by training Jewish agencies, day schools and synagogues. The program teaches leaders how to secure legacy gifts for endowments, which provide a steady and potentially growing stream of dollars to sustain them for generations to come. The program includes a comprehensive training curriculum, JUF staff expertise and guidance, marketing assistance, opportunities for collaboration among organizations, and monetary incentives for participants that meet program goals.
JUF’s initiative 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 Chicago Jewish Day School, CJE SeniorLife, Hebrew Theological College, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, Jewish Child & Family Services, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El 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, JCC Chicago, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, SHALVA, Sinai Health System, Temple Beth-El, Temple Chai and Temple Sholom of Chicago.
The third cohort includes Am Shalom, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, Hillels of Illinois, The Selfhelp Home, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, and Temple Beth Israel.
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Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago
For more than 100 years, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago has been serving our community. We purchase kosher holiday food (no food is donated) for Passover and Rosh Hashanah. Volunteers pack and distribute this food which enables 15,000 Jewish people each holiday, including elderly, children, homebound, those with special needs, and others who are perhaps the most vulnerable in our community to celebrate the holidays in a traditional and dignified manner.
Maot Chitim provides a unique opportunity for the entire Chicago Jewish community to perform a great mitzvah by supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. Families come together, along with individuals from all segments of the community; they gather and unite to work in the spirit of Judaism, realizing how necessary we all are to one another.
It is more important than ever that Maot Chitim is able to help all those that need our help, especially during these challenging economic times. Maot Chitim’s ability to make it possible for the community to perform this great mitzvah is dependent upon the generosity of those who support us both financially and by volunteering to help pack and deliver the holiday food.
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 email@example.com.