Annual Report 2023

2023 Annual Report

The Jewish Fund

Letter from the Board Chair

A Message from our board chair, Mickey Eizelman.

Read the Letter

Sosnick Award

And the 2023 Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence recipient is…

Read More About the Sosnick Award


Our 2022-2023 grants and grant partners.

See the Grants

Teen Board

A year of collaboration and learning for our 2022-2023 Teen Boards.

Meet the Teen Board

Financial Statements

A snapshot of The Fund’s 2022-2023 financial status.

Read The Statement

Board Members and Staff

Meet Our People

Letter from the Board Chair

As I write this message, I am approaching the completion of my final year as Board Chair of The Jewish Fund and nine years as a board member.  Nine years ago, The Fund’s then Chair noted the following quote from Anne Frank from her diary: 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

This statement rings true today as we recognize humanity’s shared value to help our neighbors.  This motivating sentiment well represents the unshaken commitment of our community’s non-profit organizations, our colleagues in the philanthropic field, and the board of directors and staff of The Jewish Fund, as we have joined together to improve the health and welfare of vulnerable children, families and adults in the Detroit area.

Nine years ago, the community and nation had been experiencing enormous stress due to the recession.  Today, we are experiencing economic uncertainties along with the range of post-pandemic realities that particularly impact vulnerable and at-risk communities. These include demands of health care providers to more efficiently and effectively prevent illness while also responding to new health challenges.  Recognizing that the social determinants of health continue to negatively impact hundreds of thousands of metro Detroiters, the charge for philanthropy continues to require the highest attention to community wellness, early childhood access to health services, mental health prevention and intervention, and overall access to needed services and support. 

Over the past year, The Jewish Fund has worked diligently to join with funder colleagues to both learn about their work and to encourage them to support our grant partners.  This leveraging of funds has proven to be successful in providing increased dollars to our community.  During 2022, over $300,000 in new grants have been awarded by our colleagues to our current and recent grant partners. 

Knowing how fragile life can be, we have also felt a sense of urgency to improve the world which has resulted in more grant dollars being awarded than in any recent year. During this past fiscal year, The Fund has made $3.4 million in grants, compared with $2.4 million in the prior year.  In the current year, we have awarded $4 million in grants.  We have improved our communications with our applicants and partners and transformed our application process to reflect the mutually respectful relationship that we strive to achieve. The feedback we have received tells us this has been well-received. 

In the past year, we have also improved the diversity of our board of directors to better reflect the communities we serve through our grantmaking.  The lived experiences and professional expertise of our board have truly enhanced our knowledge and work practices.

As we move forward into 2024, we plan to continue with these initiatives and to grow them to reach our optimal engagement with the community.  We will continue to be nimble and flexible, to listen and respond, and to initiate change when that is the best path forward.

I am grateful to our board of directors and professional staff and most appreciative of our grant partners who make it possible for us to do our part to improve our world.

  • Michael Eizelman, Chair

Brilliant Detroit

2023 Sosnick Award Recipient

Sosnick Award

The Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence was established in memory of Robert Sosnick, whose bold vision and leadership skills led to the creation of The Jewish Fund. In tribute to Mr. Sosnick and in keeping with the mission of The Jewish Fund, the program selected for the award should represent the ideals and standards of excellence that are both hallmarks of this award and characteristics of Robert Sosnick. Innovation, collaboration, achievement of program objectives, impact on quality of life, management of resources and sustainability are all key criteria for a program’s selection of this annual award which includes a $25,000 prize.

Brilliant Detroit’s mission is to build kid success neighborhoods where families with children ages 0-8 have what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable. The cornerstone of the Brilliant model is connecting families with young children to existing, holistic, evidence-based service providers. Brilliant accomplishes this with an innovative model: repurposing vacant houses into vibrant neighborhood hubs in high-need neighborhoods. Brilliant Detroit overcomes barriers to accessibility by nestling its hubs within neighborhoods to serve families within a 20-minute walk of their homes. Children and their caregivers can walk down the street and receive comprehensive opportunities for learning and healthy development. These hubs become one-stop shops where families can gather for fellowship and access to a continuum of programs and support. This model is “with, for, and by” neighbors, prioritizing community input and leadership and ensuring that families own their own change.  At each hub, Brilliant Detroit provides programming under its four pillars: Education, Health, Family Support, and Community-Building.

Brilliant Detroit was founded in 2016 and works with 68 employees, 120 partner organizations and more than 2,000 volunteers to serve 3,000 children and caregivers per year with an impressive 18 locations in Detroit.  It should be noted that the founders developed the organization while one was serving as a board member of The Jewish Fund and the other a consultant for The Fund.  This engagement led to their partnering in the creation of Brilliant Detroit. 

To date, The Fund supported the hiring of a development director for the organization,  the development and expansion of peer-led mental health support groups, and most recently, a literacy focused initiative targeting young children and their families.  In its relatively brief history, Brilliant Detroit has demonstrated the effectiveness of partnering with communities and developing plans based upon the input garnered by community members.  Its expansion throughout Detroit, with plans to expand beyond Michigan, has been remarkable.  In addition to its strong engagement with famlies residing in their targeted neighborhoods, Brilliant Detroit has successfully engaged partners to extend supports to these famiies.  Additionally, its successful engagement of volunteers and donors is highly impressive and demonstrates the level of trust and dedication experienced by all involved.  The organization engages large numbers of volunteers and donors from the Jewish community, providing ongoing opportunties for relationships to be created and to thrive.

The Jewish Fund is thrilled and proud to honor Brilliant Detroit with the 2023 Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence.

Past Recipients

  • 2022 Brilliant Detroit
  • 2021 Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
  • 2020 Ruth Ellis Center
  • 2019 Tamarack Camps’ Special Needs Inclusion Program
  • 2018 St. Joseph Mercy Oakland – Mercy Dental Center
  • 2017 Hamtramck School-Based Health Center in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
  • 2016 Starfish Family Services
  • 2015 Hebrew Free Loan
  • 2014 Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
  • 2013 Fair Food Network
  • 2012 Forgotten Harvest
  • 2011 Kadima
  • 2010 Summer in the City
  • 2009 JARC
  • 2008 Jewish Senior Life/JVS
  • 2007 Jewish Family Service
  • 2006 Jewish Community Center
  • 2005 City Year Detroit
  • 2004 Children’s Dental Health Foundation
  • 2003 DMC/Sinai Grace Hospital
  • 2002 Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
  • 2001 Kids Kicking Cancer
  • 2000 JVS/Jewish Senior Life

Brilliant Detroit’s model is “with, for, and by” neighbors, prioritizing community input and leadership and ensuring that families own their own change. At each of it’s hubs, Brilliant Detroit provides programming under its four pillars: Education, Health, Family Support, and Community-Building.

Grant Awards

The following lists show The Jewish Fund grants that were approved during the 2022-2023 fiscal year at the May and November 2022 board meetings. The lists include both new and continuation grants and are divided into sections reflecting the primary program areas of The Jewish Fund’s grantmaking priorities.

Health and Welfare of the Jewish Community

In keeping with its mission, The Jewish Fund emphasizes support of health and social welfare services which benefit vulnerable and/or underserved Jewish people in the community. Additionally The Fund supports innovative initiatives that enhance the historic bond between the Jewish community and Detroit.


Ahavas Chessed Bikur Cholim

First year of three-year, $120,000 grant to establish a formal office space and staff, supporting their mission of assisting those in the community who are experiencing medical challenges.


Fresh Air Society/Tamarack Camps

One-year grant to rehabilitate the Agree Outpost Camp property.

Friendship Circle

  • $80,000One-year grant to establish a sales department at Soul Studio, to promote the work of adult artists with disabilities.

  • $50,000First year of a three-year, $120,000 grant to hire a UMatter coordinator – expanding services to more students, improving teen engagement and widening the program’s reach in the community.

  • $68,000First year of a two-year, $128,000 grant to establish a quality and compliance department.

Hillel Day School

  • $75,355First year of a two-year, $180,900 grant to hire an occupational therapist and a speech and language pathologist.

  • $100,000One-year grant to support the expansion and enhancement of its outdoor athletic facilities, improving student’s mental health and well-being.

Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

  • $100,000Second year of a three-year, $550,000 grant to support a renovation of their building, including the creation of a shared collaborative workspace, increasing inclusivity in the Jewish community.

  • $35,000First year of a three-year general operating support grant for the Dor Hadash program, growing the Jewish community through education, tradition, ritual, tikkun olam (healing the world) and connection to place.


Gesher Human Services

Second year of a three-year, $222,090 grant to transition the Zussman Activity Center into an evidence-based Clubhouse model, where members with mental health challenges are empowered to rejoin the worlds of friendships, employment and education.



Second year of a three-year, $300,000 general operating support grant to benefit adults with developmental disabilities.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

  • $46,600One-year grant to provide pre and post natal education and support through the Jbaby and Jfamily U programs.

  • $23,000One-year grant to support high quality professional deveopment classes for educators in Jewish preschools.

  • $9,700One-year grant to provide professional development for Jewish educators to gain tools to assist students with mental health needs.

Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit

  • $280,000First year of a three-year, $780,000 grant to provide access to in-home support and escorted transportation for older adults.

  • $190,275First year of a two-year, $383,356 grant to increase the compensation of behavioral health therapists, improving retention and increasing client care and satisfaction.

  • $133,185Second year of a three-year, $457,692 grant to implement a Zero Suicide framework, advancing and expanding suicide prevention.

  • $119,680First year of a three-year, $361,248 grant to provide intensive case management services to meet the needs of the community’s most vulnerable families.

  • $99,651First year of a three-year, $283,756 grant to expand services committed to family caregivers and build a network of resources to address their needs.

  • $59,002First year of a two-year, $133,252 grant to address the increasing mental health crisis of Jewish college-age students in Metro Detroit.


Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network

First year of a three-year, $450,000 grant to create a new training institute to educate future rabbis joining JHCN’s staff.


Jewish Senior Life

One-year grant to support the rehabilitation of Fleischman Residence, an assisted living facility in West Bloomfield.


National Council of Jewish Women

One-year grant to provide kosher meals on Wheels for homebound older adults in response to increased need and food costs.


Playworks Michigan

One-year grant to equip Jewish day schools with skills, tools, and resources to conduct organized play, leading to improved physical and social-emotional outcomes.


Yeshiva Beth Yehuda

Third year of a three-year, $585,000 grant to expand the school’s special needs education programs.

Health of the Metropolitan Detroit Community

In order to best respond to the health needs of vulnerable and/or underserved residents of Detroit and the surrounding area, The Jewish Fund supports efforts to increase access to quality health care services and to improve health outcomes through early childhood health interventions.


Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center

One-year grant to expand training capacity and service offerings, fostering a more inclusive and healthy community for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies.


Alternatives For Girls

Third year of a three-year, $120,000 grant to promote maternal and newborn health by supporting strong attachment and bonding, and preparing pregnant and new mothers to be capable parents.


Avalon Healing/Wayne County Safe Program

One-year grant to support an on-site mental health professional to meet the specialized needs of sexual assault and trafficking victims.


Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association

One-year grant to support the continued employment of two community-based doulas as BMBFA moves forward with its sustainability plan.


Brilliant Detroit

One-year grant to support the Language Environmental Analysis Start curriculum and technology in its 313Speaks program, helping children develop robust vocabularies and early language skills.


Children’s Foundation

First year of a three-year, $59,205 grant to provide eyeglasses to visually impaired students in need within the Hamtramck Public Schools.


Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

One-year grant to improve access to community-based behavioral health services for children and families in Detroit Black-led Mental Health Pilot Program.


Freedom House

First year of a three-year general operating support grant of $75,000, supporting services for refugees and asylum seekers.



One-year grant to replace defective and dangerous flooring in their adult shelter and warming center.


Hope Village Revitalization

Second year extension following a one-year grant of $30,348 to embed a community health worker to support health care access for residents of the HOPE Village neighborhood.


Kevin’s Song: A Nonprofit For Community Education On Depression

One-year grant to strengthen organizational capacity by hiring professional staff, supporting the empowerment of communities to prevent suicide.


Kids Kicking Cancer

One-year grant to train school professionals in the trauma informed therapy of the Heroes Circle.


Michigan League for Public Policy

Second year extension following a one-year grant of $25,000 to expand access to high quality health care services through community healthcare workers.


Oakland Family Services

One-year grant to advance health equity through a home-visiting maternal infant health program.


Starfish Family Services

One-year grant to fund the preschool behavioral health therapist at the Marygrove Health Families Center.


World Medical Relief

One-year grant to help clients to improve their A1C for type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Discretionary Fund Grants

  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
  • $5,000
  • for earthquake relief in Turkey.
  • Capuchin Soup Kitchen
  • $5,000
  • for support of hunger alleviation programs following the reduction in SNAP benefits.
  • Detroit Chesed Project
  • $5,000
  • for a family in crisis following a fatal shooting.
  • Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
  • $5,000
  • for flood relief.
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank
  • $15,000
  • for support of hunger alleviation programs following the reduction in SNAP benefits.
  • Jewish Federations of North America
  • $7,500
  • for Hurricane Ian relief.
  • Yad Ezra
  • $37,500
  • for support of hunger alleviation programs following the reduction in SNAP benefits.
  • Professional Development
  • $17,830
  • for transformative professional development experiences for our grant partners.

The Jewish Fund Teen Board

The Jewish Fund Teen Board is a collaborative philanthropy group providing Jewish teens from the Metro Detroit area the opportunity to learn about grantmaking and philanthropy.

Teen Board 2022-2023

The Jewish Fund Teen Board is a collaborative philanthropy group providing Jewish teens from the Metro Detroit area the opportunity to learn about grantmaking and the non-profit community.

In 2022-2023, our 10th year of programming, two cohorts of teens participated in the grantmaking process. Year 1 consisted of 27 teens experiencing grantmaking for the first time and 20 Year 2 board members that chose to continue their Teen Board experience by deepening their knowledge and skills through a second year of participation. Teen Board members representing high schools and congregations, granted a total of $100,000.

The Jewish Fund Teen Board Mission Statements

Year 1 Cohort

We, the 2022-2023 Jewish Fund Teen Board, seek to fund programs and initiatives that address both the causes and symptoms of the growing impact of mental health needs for those whose safety and security are at risk.

Year 2 Cohort

We, the Jewish Fund Teen Board Year 2, value the right of all people to access healthcare. We are particularly concerned with individuals’ inability to do so based on their socio-economic status or aspects of their identity and seek to provide funding to organizations working to lower the barriers of entry and ensure equitable health care services for all.

The Teen Board Experience: Voices of Our Members

These reflections were composed in a collaborative fashion in order to represent each board as a whole.

Reflecting on the importance of the mission statement.

Charlie Welham

Our mission statement was significant because of the stigma in our society that currently surrounds mental health and communal safety. By emphasizing these values in our mission statement, the Teen Board took an important step towards not only helping bring change to these issues through the use of funding but also breaking the stigma that acts as a barrier from others following suit.

Ethan Simon

I believe that providing both physical and mental health care to the metro-Detroit community is one of the most important and impactful tasks we could have chosen, and I believe that the mission statement guided us in a good direction to provide healthcare to our community.

Jordan Bloom

Our mission statement of safety and security felt very relevant this year and felt like an important issue to focus on in the community we live in. The safety and security of students and Jews is extremely important and deserves to be focused and donated to. Additionally, mental health is always prominent and by donating to mental health organizations, we can help break the stigma of mental health and combat it in our Jewish community and age group.

Jacob Bennett

Our mission statement is important because it is beneficial to my community, and the communities around me. Current problems in the world have majorly affected people in the Detroit community, and helping those people out is very important. Our mission in the Jewish teen board allows us to connect with the community as well, and see the struggles of people in real life/time.

“The site visits I attended were an incredible experience. Seeing members of organizations who are so passionate pitch their ideas truly made me optimistic.”

– Caryn Ben

“Teen Board helps broaden a teen’s awareness to issues in the Metro Detroit community that they may not recognize otherwise. They learn how to filter through organizations, pick which ones they want to contribute to, and make a significant improvement in our community.”

– Ryan Schmeltz

“Teen Board helps shape teens into giving, modest, powerful individuals who have the strength to give back to their community.”

– Nava Feldman

How has your involvement in Teen Board helped shape your understanding our our community needs?

Samantha Caminker

The Teen Board opened my eyes to the kinds of organizations that exist, as well as the specific needs that those organizations work to address. It has also shaped my understanding not only of our community needs, but of how to address those needs.

Andrew Bertman

My involvement in Teen Board made me more aware of how unavailable something as simple as proper health care is to those around us. We need to do our part to ensure that everyone is getting the help they need whether it is physical or mental.

Caryn Ben

Teen Board has helped to shape my understanding of what our community needs because it has exposed me to direct requests from organizations – detailing what changes need to be made in our community and how to do so. By learning what organizations are searching to do, I now know so much more about what is needed in our community to reach our goals.

How does our work connect to Jewish Values?

Merrick Chernett

My involvement in teen board has helped me understand the importance of being humble and having humility in order to help others in our community.

Nava Feldman

Teen Board is an important opportunity to learn about philanthropy and budgeting as well as the importance of giving charity, all important skills to have as an adult. Teen Board helps shape teens into giving, modest, powerful individuals who have the strength to give back to their community.

Madison Kessler

Our work connects to Jewish Values because Tikkun olam “repairing the world” is the goal of the Jewish Fund. The 50,000 dollars given to non-profit organizations strengthens the projects supporting our community. These projects positively impact our community and make our world a better place. Additionally, learning about philanthropy as a teenager will encourage us to donate and support our community in the future. This program encourages and inspires teens to repair the world.

What have you learned during your time on the Teen Board that you would like to pass along to other grant makers?

Samantha Caminker

The site visits are always my favorite part of the process—we get to meet the people who are behind all the proposals we read, and it’s always such a meaningful experience because you can really tell that these are the most passionate people who work the hardest and care the most.

Tony Carson

Teen Board has helped my understanding of my community through seeing the struggles that other individuals face everyday. When visiting our different site visits, I learned that I should be grateful for the opportunities I’m given and I should attempt to give back.

Ella Fried

Going to site visits energized me and filled me with hope. For example, when I met with the Jewish Hospice, I gained insight into how this organization was bringing light into our community and peace to families. I came home feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Caryn Ben

The site visits I attended were an incredible experience. Seeing members of organizations who are so passionate pitch their ideas truly made me optimistic for all that we can accomplish. Additionally, these site visits were an exceptional opportunity to exercise everything we have learned throughout the year, as we thought on our feet to look for discrepancies in the proposals.

Charlie Welham

My site visits were probably the part of Teen Board that I valued most. I was able to talk personally with people trying to do good in the community and create change. I learned about new perspectives through both what their organizations did and what they hoped to achieve through their projects.

Why is Teen Board an important opportunity for teens?

Ayelet Kaplan

Teen Board is important for teens to be able to give their time to helping fund other organizations that do great work in our community, while also building on skills that will be useful long-term, such as collaboration and communication. Ayelet Kaplan

Caleb Goldstein

Teen Board is important for teens to better understand issues within our society, develop helpful skills tailored to philanthropy and grant-making, and learn about ways to better prepare themselves for the future, including interviews and proper applications. Being a member of Teen Board and benefitting from the skills that being a member can provide can help a teen in multiple aspects of their life moving forward.

Aria Dwoskin

Teen Board is an enlightening experience, as you both learn from others and help others learn. The speakers that come and the lessons imbedded in the meetings are very beneficial to your understanding of the community. In the meetings, when you participate in discussions with what you think is important in the community, you learn to use your voice and participate with others!

Harry Shaevsky

The Jewish Fund Teen Board is an important opportunity for teens to learn about community needs and philanthropy. By learning about the basics of how to read financial statements to engage with employees at an organization, Teen Board members learn important skills that will help them in future endeavors.

Year 1 Grantmaking

Providing critical funding to programs that address mental health for those living with insecurity.

Recognizing the uncertainty and instability brought about by events in recent years, the Year 1 board aimed to fund programs and initiatives addressing both the causes and symptoms of the increasing impact of mental health needs, particularly for those whose safety and security are at risk.

The Year 1 Teen Board is proud to fund five organizations committed to making significant community impact in this area:


Anti-Defamation League

to educate teens and provide them with the strategies, skills, and practice to respond to antisemitism utilizing the Words to Action program.


Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

to support youth mental and physical well being through their out-of-school time programming, including academic support, athletics and mentorship.


Jewish Family Service

to expand Safety Kid, a culturally informed and age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention program, to include sixth to eighth grades at Detroit Jewish day schools.


Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network

to create a pilot program addressing the mental health impact of grief/bereavement on caregivers of older adults.


Single Family Living

to protect families coping with trauma in isolation, anxiety, and grief from the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Year 2 Grantmaking

Equitable access to health care for all.

Members of the Year 2 board wanted their grantmaking to reflect the right of all people to access healthcare. Particularly concerned with individuals’ inability to do so based on their socio-economic status or aspects of their identity, they sought to provide funding to organizations working to lower the barriers of entry and ensure equitable health care services for all.

The Teen Board made four grants to organizations working to address this issue:


Birth Detroit

to provide equitable access to safe, quality perinatal care in their community-based maternal health clinic, regardless of ability to pay.


Children’s Foundation

to provide mental and behavioral health services to reduce psychological symptoms and risky behaviors among LGBTQ identifying Hamtramck High School (HHS) youth.


Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network

to expand JHCN’s LifeLinks program, bringing supporting-palliative care to more individuals and more service to existing patients.


Knights and Dames of The Order of Malta Medical and Dental Clinic

to make dentures for low-income and uninsured patients.

Ten Years of Engaging Jewish Teens…

High Schools Represented

  • Aim High School
  • Akiva Hebrew Day School
  • Berkley High School
  • Birmingham Groves
  • Bloomfield Hills High School
  • Canton High School
  • Cranbrook Kingswood
  • Detroit Country Day School
  • Eton Academy
  • Farber Hebrew Day School
  • Frankel Jewish Academy
  • Greenhills School
  • Groves High School
  • International Academy
  • North Farmington High School
  • Northville High School
  • Oakland Early College
  • Rochester Adams High School
  • Seaholm High School
  • The Roeper School
  • Walled Lake Central High School
  • Walled Lake Northern High School
  • Walled Lake Western High School
  • West Bloomfield High School

Congregations Represented

  • Adat Shalom Synagogue
  • Aish Detroit
  • Congregation Beth Ahm
  • Congregation Beth El (Windsor)
  • Congregation Beth Shalom
  • Congregation B’nai Moshe
  • Congregation Or Chadash
  • Congregation Shaarey Zedek
  • Congregation Shir Tikvah Keter Torah
  • Ohel Moed of Shomrey Emunah
  • Or Chadash
  • Partners in Torah
  • Temple Emanu El
  • Temple Israel
  • Temple Shir Shalom
  • The Birmingham Temple
  • Unaffiliated
  • Woodward Avenue Shul
  • Young Israel of Oak Park
  • Young Israel of Southfield

…and Impacting Our Community!


in grant dollars awarded

Focus Areas Addressed:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Access to Mental Healthcare
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Covid-19
  • Economic Hardship
  • Family Communication
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Kindergarten Readiness & Early Childhood Health
  • Older Adults
  • Special Needs
  • Substance Abuse


Grant Proposals Reviewed


Site Visits Conducted to


Jewish High School Students Engaged


Diverse Metro Detroit Nonprofits


Interns With Paid Work Experience at Local Nonprofits Funded by the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Financial Statements

As of May 31, 2023 The Jewish Fund awarded $3.4 million in grants for the fiscal year which is $1 million more than the prior year. We had $60 million in total assets, a decrease of $3 million over last year. For the current year, we will provide $4 million in grants. Every year we show this slide, because it succinctly presents a great story. The green bars show our net asset balances which fluctuated over the years with the market. However, the blue line shows that we were able to maintain a consistent level of grants regardless of the market’s performance. Our current net asset balance continues to be just about the same as our beginning fund balance in 1997, even with $77 million in grants awarded.

Board of Directors & Staff

The Jewish Fund

  • Michael Eizelman
  • Chair
  • Jeffrey B. Schlussel
  • Vice Chair
  • Peter M. Alter
  • Michael Berger
  • Dennis S. Bernard
  • Roselyn Komisar Blanck
  • Erika L. Bocknek, Ph.D., LMFT
  • Penny Blumenstein*
  • Sharlonda Buckman-Davis
  • Jeffrey M. Devries, M.D., MPH
  • Jennifer Friedman, Ph.D.
  • Lynda Giles, Ph.D.
  • Paula Glazier
  • Nancy Grosfeld*
  • Jay Hack
  • Steven Ingber
  • Gilda Z. Jacobs
  • Sherri L. Ketai
  • Candace J. Kimpson, M.D.
  • Justin F. Klamerus, M.D., MMM
  • Mark L. Kowalsky
  • Richard Krugel, M.D.*
  • Matthew B. Lester
  • Beverly Liss
  • Ilana K. Liss
  • Rabbi Harold S. Loss
  • Michael W. Maddin*
  • Robert H. Naftaly*
  • Marcie Hermelin Orley
  • Susie Pappas
  • Marta Rosenthal
  • Steve Schanes
  • Mark E. Schlussel*
  • Karen Sosnick Schoenberg*
  • Leah Trosch
  • Hon. Helene White
  • Lawrence A. Wolfe
  • Monica L. Woodson
  • Dorothy Benyas
  • Secretary / Treasurer
  • Robert Sosnick זצ״ל
  • Mark E. Schlussel
  • Co-Founding Chairs

Staff of the Jewish Fund

  • Margo Pernick
  • Executive Director
  • Laura Charnas
  • Teen Board Coordinator
  • Shelby Bruseloff
  • Teen Board Facilitator: Year 2
  • Kristin Moskovitz
  • Grants Management Coordinator

Teen Board

Year One

  • Oliver Aaron
  • Caryn Ben
  • Jacob Bennett
  • Reuben Blumenstein
  • Becca Burnstein
  • Naomi Doppelt
  • Ethan Endelman
  • Nava Feldman
  • Elliot Foreman
  • Caleb Goldstein
  • Joely Gottleib
  • Jordyn Grand
  • Ayelet Kaplan
  • Madison Kessler
  • Abigail Klein
  • Grace Kleinfeldt
  • Brett Krauss
  • Joshua Kroll
  • Jonah Kutinsky
  • Maia Ostroff
  • Andie Shapiro
  • Kayla Silberg
  • Levi Silverman
  • Charlie Welham
  • Hailey Young
  • Max Young

Year Two

  • Jocelyn Adelman
  • Andrew Bertman
  • Samantha Caminker
  • Tony Carson
  • Maddie Charnas
  • Merrick Chernett
  • Aria Dwoskin
  • Tali Feingold
  • Ella Fried
  • Abigail Goldberg
  • Nicolette Handler
  • Jane Heller
  • Mayer Krieger
  • Rayna Kushner
  • Rebecca Rabin
  • Ryan Schmeltz
  • Harrison Shaevsky
  • Meredith Shapiro
  • Ethan Simon
  • Ashten Spector

Teen Board Leadership

  • Jordan Bloom
  • Libby Neuvirth