Ways to Give

A Jewish camping experience is fundamental and life-shaping.

Each year, JCC Chicago receives hundreds of requests for financial support from families deeply impacted by job loss, illness, divorce, children with special needs, or other difficult life circumstances. The JCC Women’s Board is committed to ensuring that every family who wants and needs a JCC Chicago camp experience will be served regardless of their ability to pay.

Help put a smile on a child’s face and make a real difference in his or her life by contributing to the Summer of Smiles campaign.

Make a Gift

At JCC day camps throughout Chicago and the suburbs, and at Camp Chi in Wisconsin, lifelong friendships are made, and Jewish traditions are celebrated.  Learn more about the work we do to support JCC Chicago by becoming a Friend of the Women’s Board.

Make a Gift

A Tribute Card is a wonderful way to honor a loved one’s memory, wish a friend a speedy recovery, rejoice in a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, acknowledge a child’s naming/dedication, wish a couple Mazel Tov on their wedding or anniversary, or celebrate any simcha.  Your kindness will support the Summer of Smiles campaign..

$100 donation: Gold/Silver Tribute Pack (includes 10 cards)

$50 donation: Camp-themed Pack (includes 10 cards)

To request JCC Chicago Women’s Board Tribute cards please email your inquiry to womensboard@jccchicago.org, please include Tribute cards in the subject line and a mailing address that you wish to receive your cards at.

The JCC Women’s Board seeks gifts to fuel a scholarship endowment, which will ensure that future generations of campers can rely on JCC Chicago for financial support.

An endowment gift of $5,000 generates a minimum annual gift of $250 for camp scholarships and leaves a legacy in perpetuity; a gift of $50,000 generates $2,500 in scholarship support, equal to the average annual award for three children in day camp or one child enrolled in Camp Chi.

To learn more about endowment opportunities and how your gift today will support children for years to come, please email Megan Roth Abraham, or call 224.406.9232.

The JCC Chicago Endowment Foundation is established in partnership with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Agency Endowment Program; all commitments to the Endowment Foundation for the benefit of the “JCC Women’s Auxiliary Endowment Fund” are recognized as gifts to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

The Women’s Board hosts events throughout the year such as Decks, Dots & Desserts and group blocks to theater shows.

Our most recent event was:

Decks, Dots & Desserts

This was our 5th Annual Game Night hosted by the JCC Women’s Board. 100% of the event proceeds benefited JCC Chicago camp scholarship programs.

Board of Directors

Karen Sperber

Immediate Past President

Joyce Gerstein

Vice Presidents

Julia S. Gerstein
Barbara B. Hochwert*
Karyn B. Lutz
Gail P. Manning
Josi Rein
Suzie Ritter
Chickie Rosen*
Arlene Ruff*


Caryn G. Putterman*


Madelon Gryll*


Janice Bernstein
Linda Dickens
Sara Faurer
Bette Feinerman
Carole Feldman
Darlene Gilford*
Fran Grossman*
Judy Hecktman
Mari Schoen Hirsh
Sheila Jacobson
Liane Joseph
Barbara K. Katz*
Carole Latimer*
Saralyn Levine*
Alicia R. Lieberman
Laurie F. Lieberman*
Marisa Mandrea
Ellen Mirochnick
Barbara P. Newman
Helen Schechtman*^
Deborah Schneiderman
Renée Soltan
Susan J. Spector
Sharon Stern
Ileana Stone
Sandra Wanger*
Nadine Woldenberg
Ellen Wolff

*Past Presidents
^in memoriam