Chai Giving Circle
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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 about and sign up for the upcoming Giving Circle, please contact Michelle Kracoff at [email protected].

    For past cohorts, click here.


    2023–2024 Participants and Funders:

    Host Committee: Madeline Chaleff, Cynthia Cohan, Andi Frenkel, Karen Orzechowski, Nicole Singer, Sarah Smithline, Shannon Stein

    Julie Arnheim Kathy Crankshaw Liza Hausman Susan Mirbach Susan Sims 
    Vera Baum Catherine Crystal Foster Lori Kaplan Rosita Newman Deborah Sloss
    Lauren Berman Yudy Deng Stephen Levy Susie Richardson Beth Wenger
    Mikhal Bouganim Alison Elliot Janice Lisbonne Orli Rinat Emily Wu
    Lorraine Brown Mimi Ezray Wendy Miller Annie Rubin  


    This year's OFJCC Chai Giving Circle focus area was "Solidarity." For the first time since the Chai Giving Circle's inception in 2016, this year, the focus was solely on the Jewish community—supporting Israelis traumatized by the October 7th attacks and learning how antisemitism and misinformation impact our local community. Together, 30 community members learned about and supported our local Jewish community organizations that stepped up for our community since the October 7th attacks on Israel. We are delighted to grant funds to American Jewish Committee, Hillel of Silicon Valley, Hillel at Stanford, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment and Jewish Community Relations Council. Together, the group learned, healed and made an impact.


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