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
  • Overnight Retreat registration fee waived (Freshmen retreat with $50 deposit refunded post-retreat)

As well as bonus incentives for Chai Society supporters:

  • Chai Society Lapel Pin
  • Michigan mezuzah (kosher scroll sold separately)
  • Early access to our Parents Weekend & Homecoming Weekend Reserved Football Block, Wisconsin game and Indiana game
    (up to four tickets available per family)
  • Invitation to our Open House Luncheon during Parents Weekend
  • Two parent dinners at our annual Parents & Family Shabbat during Parents Weekend
  • Special recognition in our Annual Report
  • Special recognition on our website
  • 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
6,000 Jewish students at the University of Michigan.


as of July 1, 2017 through June 27, 2018

Patti Aaron
Earl Abramson
Steven & Nanci Africk
Allen & Franka Charlupski Foundation
American Campus Communities
Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation
Jaclyn & Thomas Aronson
Ira & Drew Baer
Miriam & Todd Bakal
Candace & Michael Barasch
Robert & Gail Belfer
Rachel Bendit & Mark Bernstein
Ann Berman & Daniel Feld
Allison Berman
Barbara & Jack Berman
Jonathan Berman
Jay & Jill Bernstein
Alan & Bailey Berro
Samuel Levine & Laurie Blitzer
Robert Klyman & Dena Bloom
Elaine & Thomas Blumberg
David Blumenstein & Jane Pollner
Penny & Harold Blumenstein
Judith & Simeon Brinberg
David Brownstein & Allison Selko
Gayle & Richard Burstein
Campus Apartments Community
Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation
Helene & Tim Cohen
Hon. Avern & Lois Cohn
Constance & Sydney Dunitz Endowment Fund of Los Angeles
Steven & Harriet Croman
Jacqueline & Dale Danilewitz
David & Nanci Farber Family Foundation
DeRoy Testamentary Foundation
Robert & Michelle Diener
Michelle & Robert Diener
Jonathan & Robin Dracos
Kenneth & Frances Eisenberg
Nanci & David Farber
Halley & Ruth Anne Faust
Steven & Esther Feder
Sidney & Maddy Forbes
Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation
Stanley & Judith Frankel
Julie & Martin Franklin
Michael & Karen Fried
Avram & Gail Friedman
Byron (z”l) & Dorothy Gerson
Mark & Julia Gerstein
Lynda & Conrad Giles
Andrew & Helene Glick
Ben & Adean Golub
Francine Gordon
Michael & Rena Gordon
Robert & Jill Granader
Stephen & Nancy Grand
Lisa & Seth Greenberg
James & Nancy Grosfeld Foundation
Benjamin Woloshin & Barbara Harris
Scott Harris & Cathy Spencer
David Heller
Rebecca & J. David Heller
The Hershberg & Striar Families
Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Heritage Foundation
Brian & Jennifer Hermelin
The Hershberg & Striar Families
Jeremy Herskowitz
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Etta Raye Hirsch
Cheryl & Leonard Hoffman
Irwin & Bethea Green Support Foundation
Andrew Jacob
Lilly & Howard Jacobson
Stephen & Linda Jacobson
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Jeffrey & Jennifer Farber Family Foundation
The D. Dan & Betty Kahn Foundation
David & Etta Jonas
Jonathan & Nina Kaplan
Bert Askwith (z”l) & Patti Kenner
Sherri & Jimmy Ketai
The Ernest Klein Family
Robert Klyman & Dena Bloom
Dan & Wendy Kraft
Robert Krasnov
Norman & Kim Kurlan
David & Naomi Ledersnaider
The Estate of Judith Leemon
Ken & Pam Lester
Michael & Patricia Levine
Richard & Barbara Levy
Edward C. & Linda Dresner Levy Foundation
The Maccabee Task Force Foundation
Mandell L. & Madeleine H. Berman Foundation
Ben & Melanie Marcus
Sean & Heather Martin
Merle & Marshall Goldman Endowment Fund for Jewish Campus Life
Daniel & Jennifer Meron
Jean Meyerowitz
Jerold & Ellen Minkin Family Foundation
Bob & Suzanne Nederlander
Chuck & Sharon Newman
George & Sarah Ohlhausen Foundation
Robert & Marcie Orley
Ross & Samantha Partrich
Irving & Ethel Palman Foundation
Jason & Jacqueline Peltz
Irving & Sarah Pitt Charitable Philanthropic Fund
Murray & Ina Pitt
William Plevan & Sara Shapiro-Plevan
David Blumenstein & Jane Pollner
Elliott & Estee Portnoy
James & Geri Ripka
David Rosenberg & Roberta Goodman-Rosenberg
Benjamin & Marie Rosenberg
David Rosenberg & Roberta Goodman-Rosenberg
Amnon & Prudence Rosenthal
Jack & Noreen Rounick
Jeffrey & Susan Rubenstein
Arthur & Mary Schuman
Art & Mary Schuman
Jonathan & Stacey Seligson
David Brownstein & Allison Selko
Richard & Lynn Shapiro
Brian & Tamara Sher
Larry & Susan Slabotsky
Carolyn & Reuben Slone
Andrew & Gerri Sommers
Ari & Susan Spar
Melissa & Marc Spellman
Scott Harris & Cathy Spencer
Fred & Eileen Springer
Adam & Laurin Steiger
Kenneth W. Stein
Frank & Tama Tamarkin
Ruth Tessler & Stuart Zisholtz
Bendit Foundation, Inc.
The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
The Immerman Foundation
The Jewish Fund
The Woll-Yellin Family Foundation
Gary & Malka Torgow
Rick Shapiro & Lynn Usdan
Jeff & Amy Verschleiser
Herbert & Karen Wander
Weitz & Luxenberg
William Davidson Foundation
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Tammy & Jorge Woldenberg
Keenan & Orna Wolens
Joseph & Tina Wolf
Andrea & Lawrence Wolfe
Benjamin Woloshin & Barbara Harris
Alan Woronoff & Shira Goodman
Ada & Howard Yerman
Zell Family Foundation
Ruth Tessler & Stuart Zisholtz


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