Named Family Funds

 

Establishing a named fund is an excellent way to ensure that your family is involved in strengthening our community. Named funds are listed on tribute envelopes and often in JFS publications. Families can choose a specific program to support, or the funds can go toward core services. The cost to create a Named Fund is $10,000, in addition to a minimum annual donation of $1,000. As a thank you for establishing a named fund, you will be entitled to up to 25 free tributes each year. For more information, contact Debra Marcus at 248.592.2327 or dmarcus@jfsdetroit.org.

Below are some of our named funds.

 

Aileen and Harvey Kleiman Friends Fund

Financial contributions to this fund are used to serve the needs of the community, providing resources, referrals and care to help individuals and families overcome challenges.

David and Tillie Kaufman Transportation Fund

Financial contributions to this fund help provide more than 30,000 rides each year.

When David and Tillie Kaufman first moved to America from Russia, they were assisted by Jewish Family Service. As the years passed, David and Tillie never forgot how welcoming JFS was when they first arrived, and decided to donate their car to the JFS Transportation program. This special gift began the David and Tillie Kaufman Transportation Fund, which is regularly support by the Kaufman Family.

Click here to learn more about this fund.

Dr. Joseph and Nancy Jacobson Fund

These funds are used to serve the needs of the community, providing resources, referrals and care to help individuals and families overcome challenges.

Francine and Paul Hack Family Fund

These funds are used to serve the needs of the community, providing resources, referrals and care to help individuals and families overcome challenges.

Frank Lazar Memorial Fund

This fund was created by Vera and Eric Lev and Colleen and Jeffrey Lev in memory of their father and grandfather, Frank Lazar, whose acts of giving and selflessness inspired the family's philanthropic values. Funds support the most pressing needs of the community.

Goldberg Thanksgiving Distribution Fund

Donations to this fund are used to purchase turkeys and other groceries for Thanksgiving dinners.

With an extra seat at their Thanksgiving table every year to welcome anyone in need, The Goldberg Thanksgiving Distribution was created to honor the memory and spread the generosity of Jeanette and Harry Goldberg.

Click here to read an article about the earlier days of this fund.

Joy Project Fund for Women's Services

These funds are used to support women served by JFS in our community.

In 2010, Elanah Hunger founded The Joy Project as a way to honor her mother, Joy Nachman. Through The Joy Project, people can send Mother’s Day cards to loved ones, and all donations raised help women served by JFS.

Click here to read more about how The Joy Project came to be.

Julius and Phyllis Siegel Fund for Older Adults

These funds help older adults receive support services including, home care and transportation so that they can age safely, independently, and with dignity.

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Ida Tabock Katz Memorial Fund

These funds are used to serve the needs of the community, providing resources, referrals and care to help individuals and families overcome challenges.

Lois and Milton Shiffman Special Needs Fund

This fund was created to serve special needs of community members to help them thrive.

Louis Marx Volunteer Services Fund

This fund supports volunteer-driven initiatives.  As leaders, philanthropists and volunteers, John and Judy Marx have supported JFS.  After Louis, John’s brother, passed away, they started this fund in his memory.

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Margaret Borison Gutman Fund for Elder Care

These funds help older adults receive support services and in- home care so that they can age safely, independently, and with dignity.

Meredith Stegman Memorial Fund (for shoes)

Growing up, Meredith seemed to always be with family friend, SallyJo Levine and SallyJo’s two daughters when they were shopping for shoes. SallyJo would buy each of her daughters a pair of shoes, and she’d buy one for Meredith too. This ritual led to a memorable inside joke and the Levine family presented Meredith with a decorated shoe at her Bat Mitzvah candle lighting ceremony. When Meredith passed away in 2011, the Levine family established this fund in Meredith’s memory.

This fund provides shoe store gift cards to those served by JFS that are in need of shoes.

Norm Keane Fund for Professional Services

This fund is used for professional development and continuing education for the JFS dedicated staff.

Patrice M. Phillips & Robert P. Morris Fund for Family Emergencies

This fund is used to help families in crisis receive emergency financial assistance for food, child care, utilities, medicine, shelter, clothing, and other urgent needs.

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Rachel and Joshua Opperer Children’s Fund in Memory of Willie Opperer

This fund was created to help children in need of assistance. Funds are used for critical basic needs as well as counseling, crisis support and mentoring.

Saul Muskovitz Special Fund for Holocaust Survivors

Funds supplement the resources received from The Claims Conference to help survivors age in place with comfort, care and independence.

Sol and Rhoda Benaderet Family Fund

This fund helps family case managers partner with families to plan solutions, implement change and work toward self-sufficiency.

Suzanne and Joseph Orley Memorial Fund

This fund helps sustain the work of Jewish Family Service, strengthening lives through compassionate service.

Suzanne and Joseph Orley left behind a legacy of work that made a significant impact on Jewish Detroit, including Jewish Family Service. Today their children and grandchildren continue their tradition.

Zedakah Club Fund

The Zedakah Club Fund supports critical and emergency needs of Detroit area Jewish individuals and families. Originally founded in 1932 by Mrs. Ben Jacob, Jewish Family Service is continuing the legacy of its founder and the Jacob family.

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