By Carol Guzman
This past summer was very busy at the
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
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
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!
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.
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.
tovah from the Sarnoff Center staff!