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By Carol Guzman

This past summer was very busy at the Sarnoff Center!

Our associate board members spearheaded a program in July about gene-editing, “CRISPR: Is Gene-Editing Kosher?” A few weeks earlier, we were the presenting sponsor for JCC Chicago Generation J’s Shabbat on the Lake where we hosted a variety of learning programs for 700 young adults. And we started preparations on our upcoming events, Jean Therapy and “What’s Jewish about BRCA?”  But summertime is also when we get started on a very important fall project we first started in 2014.

With the High Holy Days comes the Sarnoff Center’s annual Rosh Hashanah gift bag initiative! The Sarnoff Center provides participating synagogues and Jewish communities with small gift bags to distribute to congregants for the Jewish new year. Each bag contains a caramel-apple lollipop, a honey stick and an insert that explains our programs and upcoming events.

This past week our staff distributed nearly 11,000 bags to 35 congregations and Jewish groups around Chicagoland. That’s more communities than we’ve ever reached before!

For the second year in a row, we partnered with our friends in Keshet’s GADOL program to assemble gift bags. GADOL offers vocational opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we were beyond thrilled when they agreed to help turn bag assembly into a project for GADOL team members again this year. We truly appreciate our partnership and hope it continues for years to come.

We hope everyone receiving the bags this Rosh Hashanah enjoys the sweet treats and learns a little bit more about the programs and services we have to offer.

L’shana tovah from the Sarnoff Center staff!


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