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Healthy
Jewish Community

We work to strengthen our region’s strong network of Jewish health providers and advocates.

In 2010, more than 1 in 10 Jewish households in Metropolitan Chicago had incomes that fell below the federal poverty line. Michael Reese has given more than $16 million to support the health and well-being of the Jewish community.

For more than 20 years, Michael Reese has been a staple of the Jewish community in Chicago. We are strong partners with the Jewish Federation of Chicago and have a long-standing priority of serving the strong network of Jewish health providers and advocates across the city and suburbs. 

Each day, we ground our work in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam – to repair the world – by promoting health opportunities and access for all. We work alongside grantee and philanthropic partners to ensure the best, most impactful ideas are given the support they need to better the health of Chicago. 

Our funding has ensured the survival and growth of dozens of single-focus agencies, such as SHALVA and CJE Senior Life, along with such mainstays of comprehensive health care like Sinai Health Systems. We also helped launch what is now the Norton and Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics, a national leader in education and outreach related to genetic disorders and hereditary cancers.

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