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
  • Apples & Honey gift bag for the High Holidays
  • Fall and winter semester Nosh Bags delivered prior to Finals Weeks
  • Winter Warm-Up package of goodies delivered in February
  • Freshmen Overnight Retreat registration fee waived

As well as bonus incentives for Chai Society supporters:

  • Chai Society Lapel Pin
  • Michigan mezuzah (not including kosher scroll)
  • Michigan Hillel notepad
  • Early access to our Parents Weekend & Homecoming Weekend Reserved Football Block (and any other games granted by the Athletic Department)
    (up to four tickets available per family only)
  • Two parent dinners at our annual Parents & Family Shabbat during Parents Weekend
  • Special recognition in our Annual Report
  • Special thank you call from our 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 January 4, 2019

Patti Aaron
American Campus Communities
Earl Abramson
Applebaum Family Compass Fund
Arthur & Benji Baer
Robert & Gail Belfer
Bendit Foundation, Inc.
Barbara & Jack Berman
Mandell L. & Madeleine H. Berman Foundation
Russel Bernard
Maurice & Linda Binkow
David Blumenstein & Jane Pollner
Judith & Simeon Brinberg
David & Karen Cahen
Sarita & Arthur Cohen
Hon. Avern & Lois Cohn
The Covenant Foundation
Jacqueline & Dale Danilewitz
Marvin & Betty Danto Family Foundation
William Davidson Foundation
Dorothy Dorskind
Robert & Sylvia Eston (z”l)
David & Nanci Farber Family Foundation
Mark and Lisa Finerman
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Inc.
The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Stanley & Judith Frankel
Avram & Gail Friedman
Byron (z”l) & Dorothy Gerson
Ronald (z”l) & Margie Glancz
Merle & Marshall Goldman Endowment Fund for Jewish Campus Life
Irwin & Bethea Green Support Foundation
Toni Greenberg
Laurie & Chris Harbert
J. Ira & Nicki Harris Foundation
Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation
Brian & Jennifer Hermelin
Edward & Julie Hersch
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation
Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Heritage Foundation
The Immerman Foundation
Israel on Campus Coalition
Andrew Jacob
Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
The D. Dan & Betty Kahn Foundation
Randall Kaplan & Kathy Manning
Sherri & Jimmy Ketai
The Ernest Klein Family
Laura & Daniel Koffsky
David Wolle & Jacqueline Kott-Wolle
Stephanie & Jeff Kupor
David & Liz Landau
David & Naomi Ledersnaider
The Estate of Judith Leemon (z”l)
Ken & Pam Lester
Jeff & Judith Leventhal
Samuel Levine & Laurie Blitzer
Michael & Patricia Levine
Richard & Barbara Levy
Sean & Heather Martin
Jonathan & Deena Moskowitz
George & Sarah Ohlhausen Foundation
Irving & Ethel Palman Foundation
Irving & Sarah Pitt Charitable Philanthropic Fund
Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
The Ravitz Foundation
James & Geri Ripka
Amnon & Prudence Rosenthal
Ilissa Rothschild & Mark Ressler
Jeffrey & Susan (z”l) Rubenstein
Art & Mary Schuman
Jonathan & Stacey Seligson
David Shapiro & Abigail Pogrebin
Sherman Family Foundation
Jane & Larry Sherman
Jackie & Richard Siegel
Scott Harris & Cathy Spencer
Kenneth W. Stein
Frank & Tama Tamarkin
Ruth Tessler & Stuart Zisholtz
Jeff & Amy Verschleiser
Steven & Lori Weisberg
Neil & Stacy Weissman
Keenan & Orna Wolens
Joseph & Tina Wolf
Drs. Margo & Douglas Woll
Benjamin Woloshin & Barbara Harris
Alan Woronoff & Shira Goodman
Ada & Howard Yerman

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