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    Chai Giving Circle

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

    To learn more, please contact Michelle Kracoff at [email protected] or (650) 223-8693.

    Applications are open for the current cohort (2023). Please fill out this form to indicate your interest by Friday, January 27. The Giving Circle begins on February 6.

    For past cohorts, click here.


    2021–2022 Participants and Funders, OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool Giving Circle:

    Host Committee: Julia Agam, Leslie Behar, Amy Berg, Madeline Chaleff, Andi Frenkel, Alina Libova, Rebecca Shomair, Nicole Singer

    Agam Family
    Frenkel Family Libova Family Smithline Family
    Behar Family Greenberg Family Leslie Family Preschool Teachers
    Thiel Prizant Family
    Berg Family Gunn Family Sharon/Koskas Family  
    Berman Family Hudesman Family Shomair Family  
    Chaleff/Arfin Family Lapidus/Margolin Family Singer Family  

    A group of 16 OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool and alumni families pooled their resources in support of Ukraine at our first-ever giving circle for the preschool community. At our second one-time, pop-up giving circle of the year, the group granted funds to NOVA Ukraine and The Survivor Mitzvah Project.

    2021–2022 Participants and Funders:

    Host Committee: Leslie Behar, Madeline Chaleff, Cynthia Cohan, Andi Frenkel, Wendy Miller, Beth-Ann Schwabacher-Wenger, Rebecca Shomair, Shannon Stein

    Mallary Alcheck Catherine Crystal Foster Lori Kaplan Orli Rinat Sara Schnell
    Julie Arnheim Jennifer Foster Dana Kleiman Talya Ronen Pamela Shames
    Cheryl Bader Hillary Frank Sheryl Klein Debbie Roose Susan Sims
    Vera Baum Lisa Friedman Dana Kornfeld Lisa Rothstein Deborah Sloss
    Sabrina Braham Yael Goshen Lori Krolik Susan Steiner Saal Kate Vanzanten
    Margarita Casanova Cohen Liza Hausman Elaine Leff Jennie Savage Viviane Wildmann
    Alison Elliott Sandy Hirsh Aliza Peleg Emily Scheinman Emily Wu
    Mimi Ezray Miranda Junowicz

    A group of 45 women pooled their resources in support of Local Afghan Resettling at our first-ever pop-up giving circle program. With thought, intention, information and strategy, the group met for a few short hours and granted funds to Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay and Pars Equality Center.

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