Chai Society of Supporters

Chai Society pins

UM Hillel supporters – Chuck Newman, Bruce Sholk and Carol Smokler – proudly wearing their new Chai Society pins (with Tilly Shames, Executive Director, pictured second from left).

Michigan Hillel’s Chai Society is a special group comprised of amazing parents, alumni and community supporters! Chai Society members have generously contributed $1,800 or more throughout the academic year, which runs July 1 through June 30.

We gratefully acknowledge their extraordinary support through loads of special incentives for a student(s) of their choice*:

  • Complimentary 5-punch dinner meal card to our Hillel Cafe
  • Complimentary High Holiday meal
  • Complimentary Seder meal
  • Apples & Honey gift bag delivered to your student prior to the High Holidays
  • Fall semester Nosh Bag delivered prior to Finals Weeks
  • Winter semester Nosh Bag delivered prior to Finals Weeks
  • Winter Warm-Up package of goodies delivered prior to Valentine’s Day
  • + Freshmen Overnight Retreat registration fee waived

As well as bonus incentives for Chai Society supporters:

  • EARLY ACCESS(!) to our Parents Weekend/Homecoming Weekend Reserved Football Block, including any of three additional games we are granted by the Athletic Dept. This will be a sold out block and sold out game. (Note: up to four tickets available per family only)
  • Chai Society Lapel Pin
  • Michigan mezuzah (not including kosher scroll)
  • Michigan Hillel notepad
  • Two parent dinners at our annual Parents & Family Shabbat during Parents Weekend
  • Special recognition in our Annual Report
  • Personal thank you call from our very appreciative students leaders

Chai Society

*To ensure you and your student receive all goodies possible over the academic year,
we recommend you express your interest through pledging early on.
Become a member by clicking the button “Join” button above or completing the form below.
Note: You may pledge now and complete your gift later by June 30.

Thank you, as always, for your generous and thoughtful support of our
6,700 Jewish students at the University of Michigan.


as of July 1, 2018 through April 18, 2019

Jonathan S. & Mary Aaron
Earl Abramson
Laura & Mark Adler
Steven & Nanci Africk
American Jewish Committee
Applebaum Family Philanthropy
Tom & Jaclyn Aronson
Bert Askwith (z”l) & Patti Kenner
Arthur & Benji Baer
Miriam & Todd Bakal
Robert & Gail Belfer
Bendit Foundation, Inc.
Devorah & Kevin Berman
Ann Berman & Daniel Feld
Russel Bernard
Alan & Bailey Berro
David Blumenstein & Jane Pollner
Penny & Harold Blumenstein
Judith & Simeon Brinberg
Michael & Ruth (z”l) Brooks
Gayle & Richard Burstein
Sarita & Arthur Cohen
Hon. Avern & Lois Cohn
Constance & Sydney Dunitz Endowment Fund of Los Angeles
Jacqueline & Dale Danilewitz
DeRoy Testamentary Foundation
Norma & Michael Dorman
Dorothy Dorskind
Alisa & Todd Ente, Helaine Hartman – The Naomi & Walter Chucnin Foundation
Halley & Ruth Anne Faust
Amy & Jack Folbe
Sidney & Maddie Forbes
Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation
Stanley & Judith Frankel
Avram & Gail Friedman
George & Sarah Ohlhausen Foundation
Byron (z”l) & Dorothy Gerson
Ronald (z”l) & Margie Glancz
Robert & Shelley Greebel
Lisa & Seth Greenberg
Toni Greenberg
Alisa & Todd Ente, Helaine Hartman – The Naomi & Walter Chucnin Foundation
David Heller
Brian & Jennifer Hermelin
Edward & Julie Hersch
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Heritage Foundation
Irving & Ethel Palman Foundation
Irving & Sarah Pitt Charitable Philanthropic Fund
Andrew Jacob
Jerold & Ellen Minkin Family Foundation
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Joan & Warren Kessler
The Ketai Family
The Ernest Klein Family
Stacy & Ron Klein
Robert Klyman & Dena Bloom
Laura & Daniel Koffsky
Norman & Kim Kurlan
David & Naomi Ledersnaider
The Estate of Judith Leemon (z”l)
Ken & Pam Lester
Jeff & Judith Leventhal
Michael & Patricia Levine
Samuel Levine & Laurie Blitzer
Mandell L. & Madeleine H. Berman Foundation
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Inc.
Merle & Marshall Goldman Endowment Fund for Jewish Campus Life
Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation
Andrea & Frank Newman
Chuck & Sharon Newman
Ross & Samantha Partrich
Jason & Jackie Peltz
Murray & Ina Pitt
William Plevan & Sara Shapiro-Plevan
Estee & Elliott Portnoy
The Ripka Family
David L. Rosenberg & Roberta Goodman-Rosenberg
Jack & Noreen Rounick
Jeffrey & Susan (z”l) Rubenstein
Skip & Lynn Schrayer
Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation
Art & Mary Schuman
Jonathan & Stacey Seligson
David Shapiro & Abigail Pogrebin
Jackie & Richard Siegel
Larry & Susan Slabotsky
Jeff & Lynn Snyder
Ari & Susan Spar
Scott Harris & Cathy Spencer
Fred & Eileen Springer
Kenneth W. Stein
Frank & Tama Tamarkin
Ruth Tessler & Stuart Zisholtz
The D. Dan & Betty Kahn Foundation
The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
The Immerman Foundation
The Ravitz Foundation
Steven & Lori Weisberg
Ronald & Eileen Weiser
Neil & Stacy Weissman
William Davidson Foundation
Keenan & Orna Wolens
Andrea & Lawrence Wolfe
Benjamin Woloshin & Barbara Harris

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