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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. Women of each cohort pool their charitable donations, engage in social justice learning and philanthropic research together, and collaborate in deciding how to allocate their giving.

    The OFJCC completed the first funding cycle of its inaugural giving circle in June 2017. Participants from the inaugural giving circle participants ultimately granted funds to the Center for Reproductive Rights, If | When | How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and Facing History and Ourselves

    Our second funding cycle, chaired by Maddy Chaleff and Rebecca Shomair, finalized its grant decisions in May 2018. Chai Giving Circle members 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 Program, MAZON and Project WeHOPE

    The third funding cycle of Chai Giving Circle began last fall. Check back in the spring to see what organizations the group funds!

    To learn more, please contact Rachel Guedelhoefer at [email protected] or (650) 223-8670. 


    2018–2019 Participants:

    Co-chairs: Ellen Brown, Andi Frenkel and Rebecca Shomair
    Mallary Alcheck Yael Goshen Wendy Miller Pam Shames
    Leslie Behar
    Karen Gould Stacey Newman Elana Shvarts
    Lauren Berman Liza Hausman Aliza Peleg Mimi Spier
    Kim Boyanowski Patty Krigel Orli Rinat Shannon Stein
    Maddy Chaleff
    Lori Krolik Rivi Rochkind Judith Stubbs
    Mimi Ezray Esther Levy Susan Steiner Saal Beth Wenger
    Myra Gilfix Lucy Milgram Sara Schnell Deborah Wexler

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    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  


    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






    Last update: January 2019

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