In 2019, you battled antisemitism on campuses across the Midwest, connected Holocaust survivors with financial aid and companionship, and welcomed thousands of Jews to new lives in Israel.
You helped a new mother in Buffalo Grove build supportive friendships with other Jewish moms, fed a mentally ill woman in Uptown, and brought critical medicine to an isolated senior in Ukraine.
You did all of that, and so much more, with your donation to the 2019 JUF Annual Campaign. And you affirmed, yet again, the strength and compassion of Chicago's Jewish community. Tens of thousands of donors, of vastly different backgrounds, lifestyles and interests, all came together to help complete strangers.
Together, you and the others donated a record $89,009,927 to the just-ended Annual Campaign, the 10 th consecutive year of growth. Those numbers mean more people will be helped. In more ways. Some 500,000 Chicagoans in all, of all faiths. And millions more Jews in Israel and around the world.
That money is caring for the elderly, feeding the hungry, treating the sick, counseling the unemployed, providing respite for caregivers, aiding Jewish schoolchildren and campers, resettling immigrants in Israel, and protecting the vulnerable in war-torn lands.
"When I agreed to head the 2019 Annual Campaign," Campaign Chair Wendy Berger said, "the Jewish concept of tikkun olam , of repairing the world, took on a very personal meaning for me. The months since have constantly reminded me that I am not alone in that. Each donor, in his or her own way, is making this world a bit better. And when we all do that together, Chicago's Jewish community truly shines."
"JUF is the hub of an incredible network of agencies and programs that invigorate, restore and revitalize the people of our community, and the community itself," JUF Board Chair Andrew Hochberg said. "But it is those same people, that same community, that in turn invigorate JUF and make everything we do possible."
"None of this happens without the tremendous support of the community," JUF President Lonnie Nasatir said. "It also doesn't happen without the amazing effort and energy of thousands of volunteers, partnering with our JUF professionals. Wendy Berger's incredible drive and leadership throughout the year was critical to the wonderful outcome of the 2019 Campaign, and we owe her, and all of the others, tremendous thanks."