Join me for “Good Deeds Day” on April 15th

On Sunday April 15th I’m leading a volunteer project at the Bernard Horwich JCC (in West Rogers Park) in a community project for seniors. I’m asking for 20 friends and family to join Eli and me, as we help this amazing organization.

This project is just one of 30+ being held in the Chicago area, as part of International Good Deeds Day ( Good Deeds Day (GDD) has a simple premise—every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Last year, GDD encompassed more than 20,000 projects, in 93 countries, and involved 2.5 million people. I think that is so cool! Recently, I’ve become involved with TOV—a unit of the Jewish United Fund ( – that is sponsoring and coordinating all the GDD projects in the Chicago area.

Will you please join Eli and me on April 15th? Spouses, significant others, children 10+, as well your friends are all welcome to join us. Please register via the link below.

I’m running for the second time with Team JUF in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

I’m running for the second time with the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago – JUF team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Would you consider donating $50 at

Your donation and support for JUF makes a huge impact, and further motivates me to train hard and turn in a great time at the race!

Here is sample of how your gift can make a difference:

$10 delivers a bag of fresh produce to a food pantry client
$36 brings a Passover food package to a local individual in need
$50 sponsors incentives for Therapeutic Day School students to achieve their goals
$100 distributes warm coats to get a needy couple through a Chicago winter
$150 offers career counseling to a job seeker
$250 supports two weeks of counseling for an adult struggling with depression
$365 sponsors one year of academic enrichment activities for an Israeli child with special needs
$500 gifts a JUF Right Start gift voucher towards Jewish preschool tuition
$750 funds a scholarship for a local child’s Jewish summer camp experience
$1,000 awards a new immigrant to Israel with an immediate grant for employment training

I’m proud to be in it with JUF for the long run and thank you for considering joining the race as well!

Podcast of “Get Down To Business with Shalom Klein” – 1/7/2018- Michael Tarnoff and Jen Leemis

Donate to the JUF Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

As communities in Texas, including the large Jewish community in Houston, suffers some of the worst flooding in their state’s history, JUF is working alongside our federation partners to help the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston meet the urgent and evolving needs of Jewish families whose lives are significantly impacted.

Jewish neighborhoods were particularly hard hit, as related by Houston resident and Jewish News Service editor Jacob Kamaras, who offered a distinctly Jewish perspective on the flooding.

Our own JUF has set up a fund if you prefer to donate through Chicago’s Federation:   Or donate via our hotline (312) 444-2869 or send a check payable to Jewish Federation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to 30 S. Wells Street, #3155, Chicago, IL 60606.

JUF and Oy!Chicago announce sixth annual Jewish '36 Under 36' list

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago has announced the sixth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.

(The letters of the Hebrew word “Chai,” which means “life,” also represent the number 18.)

Check out the list and full bios online at:

Presented by JUF’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago – an outreach website for Chicago 20- and 30-somethings – the list shines a spotlight on the faces of Chicago’s Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of this generation. The young professionals featured are noted for making a difference through their work, giving back in their free time, and earning distinction in the Jewish community and beyond.

“This year’s list does not disappoint – I can guarantee you that the future of our Jewish community is in good hands with these young leaders at the helm,” said Stefanie Pervos Bregman, co-founding editor of Oy!Chicago. “This marks our sixth year of this initiative and I’m always amazed at the innovative, philanthropic work that is happening right here in Chicago.”

This year’s list is replete with entrepreneurs, activists, fundraisers, and more, running the gamut from writers to rabbis, attorneys to social workers… and, well, the list goes on.

“This is our future, and these young people are our future leaders,” said Lisa Tarshis, incoming YLD Board President and former award winner. “I love all the creativity and passion that always comes through, and the impact that is being made across a variety of sectors-both today and for the years ahead.”

Donations to JUF of up to $36 in recognition of a 36 under 36 honoree will be matched in full, doubling the impact and benefit to those in need in the community. Learn more and donate at

Full profiles of each honoree are available on the Oy!Chicago website.

The 36 winners will be honored at YLD’s “WYLD” party at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 at Old Crow Smokehouse in River North, at 149 W Kinzie. The party is open to the public. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $30 at the door. $5 of each ticket will be donated to JUF’s 2017 Annual Campaign to provide services for those in need. To register, visit or e-mail . Register early – last year’s party completely sold out!

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