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    Chai Giving Circle

     

    Each cohort of the Chai Giving Circle is a small group of like-minded women who appreciate the importance of giving and the power of combined resources and knowledge.  The women pool their charitable donations, engage in social justice learning and philanthropic research together, and collaborate in deciding how to allocate their giving.

    The fourth funding cycle of Chai Giving Circle is currently underway. To learn more, please contact Michelle Kracoff at [email protected] or (650)-223-8693.

    2018–2019 Participants:

    Co-chairs: Ellen Brown, Andi Frenkel and Rebecca Shomair

     

    Leslie Behar

    Liza Hausman

    Aliza Peleg

    Elana Shvarts

    Kim Boyanowski

    Patty Krigel

    Orli Rinat

    Mimi Spier

    Maddy Chaleff

    Lori Krolik

    Rivi Rochkind

    Shannon Stein

    Mimi Ezray

    Esther Levy

    Susan Steiner Saal

    Judith Stubbs

    Myra Gilfix

    Lucy Milgram

    Sara Schnell

    Beth Wenger

    Yael Goshen

    Wendy Miller

    Pam Shames

    Deborah Wexler

    Karen Gould

    Stacey Newman

     

     

    Participants focused their learning on two key areas: mental health and housing insecurity, each with a sub-focus on girls.  Funds were granted to Shalom Bayit, Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), Unity Care Group, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS).

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    2017–2018 Participants: 

    Co-chairs: Maddy Chaleff and Rebecca Shomair

    Leslie Behar

    Liza Hausman

    Stacey Newman

    Pam Shames

    Kim Boyanowski

    Sara Janzen

    Orli Rinat

    Shannon Stein

    Ellen Brown

    Erica Katz

    Rivi Rochkind

    Andrea Stern

    Mimi Ezray

    Sharon Leslie

    Susan Steiner Saal

    Beth Wenger

    Andi Frenkel

    Linor Levav

    Sara Schnell

    Karen Zuckerberg

    Karen Gould

    Wendy Miller

    Jodi Schwartz

     

     

    This cohort of Chai Giving Circle learned about social justice issues in the local, South Bay community, specifically as they relate to hunger and food insecurity. Members worked together to make impactful decisions while infusing Jewish values into their philanthropic discussions. They ultimately granted funds to Ecumenical Hunger ProgramMAZON and Project WeHOPE

    Chai Giving Circle

    2016–2017 Participants: 

    Chair: Michelle Sandberg

    Tavi Alcheck

    Jennifer Dibrienza

    Jonna Hunter  

    Rebecca Shomair

    Leslie Behar

    Andi Frenkel

    Lauren Kutcher

    Emily Waldorf

    Ronit Bodner

    Tricia Herrick

    Sharon Leslie

    Hilary Weisfeld

    Maddy Chaleff

    Vanessa Hood 

    Susan Steiner Saal

    Emily Wessler

    Participants from the inaugural giving circle focused on three pressing, relevant issues: reproductive justice, religious and racial tolerance and immigration rights. Ultimately the group granted funds to the Center for Reproductive RightsIf | When | How: Lawyering for Reproductive JusticeCenter for Gender and Refugee Studies and Facing History and Ourselves

     

     

    Last update: July 2019

     

     

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