Chicago-area philanthropists celebrate Israel's Independence Day

Nearly 200 philanthropists from Chicago and the surrounding communities recently joined Jewish National Fund-USA at its Breakfast for Israel at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park to kick off the week of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day.

Co-chaired by Jayme and Sam Besser, Jonina Lerner and Matt Greenberg, the event highlighted Jewish National Fund-USA's game-changing projects in Israel's Negev and Galilee regions that are improving the quality of life for Israelis, addressed the rise of antisemitism, and emphasized why the Jewish community and the land and people of Israel's best days are ahead.

The event featured keynote speaker Virág Gulyás, a Hungarian-born former diplomat to the EU who rose above her antisemitic roots and is now a well-known blogger for The Almost Jewish and an advocate for Israel and human rights.

Event co-chairs and sponsors were also treated to an exclusive cocktail reception and meet-and-greet with Gulyás, hosted by Susan and Marc Sacks.

For more information, or to learn about future events in Chicago, contact Marlene Copeland Dodinval, executive director, at or (847) 656-8880, ext. 766.

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