Reflections on a Life Dedicated to Community and Philanthropy – Elaine Frank (1917 -2017)
We often speak about JCC Chicago being over 100 years old. For over three quarters of this time, Elaine Frank was integrally involved, powering the agency to who we are today. Elaine’s belief in enriching lives and building community is self-evident in a legacy of giving, including naming our Elaine Frank (EFA) and “Z” Frank (ZFA) Apachi day camps, and significant impact on programs and facilities at Camp Chi. Elaine and her family have made JCC Chicago a major beneficiary of their dedication and service to the Jewish community for the last 70 years, and ensured that Jewish camping experiences would be a part of every child’s life. Elaine was a visionary and lifelong philanthropist whose commitment to our community touched multiple generations.
Elaine was on the JUF/JF Board several times between 1971-1984 and served as a Vice Chairman. She served on the inaugural Legacies & Endowments Committee and played a pivotal role in launching Federation’s endowment program. Elaine was a trailblazer when there were not many women in leadership roles in Jewish organizations. She was the first female President of any local Federation agency when she became President of JCC Chicago. Elaine graduated from the University of Chicago’s business school – one of only 3 women in a class of 1,000.
This summer, the 11th summer of Elaine Frank Apachi J Camp, will be even more special as we continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Elaine.
Friday, December 29th
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Road