Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish United Fund
Russian Jewish Division's
featuring guest speaker Natan Sharansky
Chairman of the Executive Board of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Prisoner of Zion, Human Rights Activist
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Freedom Sunday, the historic March on Washington which helped free millions of Jews from the then-Soviet Union.
Join the Russian Jewish Division's Gala Fundraiser to remember Freedom Sunday, celebrate the success of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of Chicago and recognize outstanding leaders.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:00 pm Registration, Cocktails & Hors d'Oeuvres
7:00 pm Program & Dinner
The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago
Couvert $100 per person*
Additionally, all guests are required to make a meaningful gift to the JUF Annual Campaign.
Dietary laws will be observed.
Cocktail attire suggested
Valet parking will be available.
Limited complimentary transportation from northwest suburbs will be available.
Register by November 22
For more information, please contact Genia Kovelman at 312-673-2351 or
*The estimated value of the evening is $100 per person, which is not tax deductible.
Featured Speaker
Natan Sharansky Natan Sharansky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. He was a spokesman for the human rights movement, a Prisoner of Zion and leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel. Subsequent to his request to make aliya, Mr. Sharansky was arrested on trumped up charges of treason and espionage and served nine years in the Gulag with many stretches in a punishment cell. Following massive public campaigns by the State of Israel, world Jewry and leaders of the free world, Mr. Sharansky was released in 1986. He made aliya on the very day of his release.
        In his first few years in Israel, Mr. Sharansky established the Zionist Forum to assist Soviet olim in their absorption in Israel. In the 1990's, he established the Yisrael B'Aliyah party in order to accelerate the integration of Russian Jews. He served in four successive Israeli governments as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. In 2009, Natan Sharansky was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of the Jewish Agency for Israel, whose primary mission is guaranteeing the future of the Jewish people by strengthening the connection of every Jew to the State of Israel and to the Jewish people. Mr. Sharansky is the author of three books and is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He remains a champion of the right of all people to live in freedom and believes that the advancement of freedom is critical to peace and security around the world.
Leadership Awards will be presented to
Harvey Barnett
Former Chairman of the JUF Board of Directors

Suzanne Franklin
Former Executive Director of HIAS Chicago

Maya Gumirov, LPC, NCC, MACC
Russian Survivors Coordinator, Holocaust Community Services, CJE Senior Life
  Dr. Steven B. Nasatir on behalf of the Jewish United Fund
President of the Jewish United Fund/ Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Alex Turik
Chairman of the Russian Jewish Division's Advisory Board
Remarks By
Ilia Salita
President and CEO, Genesis Philanthropy Group
Genesis Philanthropy Group is a private foundation focused on developing and enhancing a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide.
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Michael H. Zaransky
Chairman of the Board

Larry Levy
2017 JUF General Campaign Chair
King Harris
2018 JUF General Campaign Chair

Dr. Steven B. Nasatir

David Prystowsky
Vice President, Campaign
Caryn Peretz
Associate Vice President, Campaign

Genia Kovelman
Director, Russian Jewish Division
Host Committee (in formation)
Olga Abezgauz*
Rebecca & Dmitry Balaysny
Dina Jacobs Bauwens*
Victoria Birov
Jane Charney
Vlad Eydelman*
Dmitry Farbman
Ran Fridman
Victoria Friedman*
Marta Gavrialov
Anton German*
Igor Golubchik
Anna Gorbikoff*
Felix Grudsky*
Michael Iklov*
Sofia Jouravel*
Yuliy Kleban*
Roman Kobrin
Ellen Kroin*
Michael Kuzmenko*
Alan Lagunov
Elina Marchenko
Sergey Mezhericher
Irena Persky
Anna Povalinsky & Vlad Veren
Tiger Safarov
Paul Stepankovskiy
Misha Teplitsky
Ilya Trakhtenberg*
Alex Treyger
Alex Turik*
*RJD Advisory Board Member
Russian Jewish Division / Genesis Philanthropy Group
Corporate Partners: Maslovsky & Associates, Han Capital, Lifeway and FKS Wealth Management Group of UBS