Chicago Young Philanthropists Light Up the Night for Israel

CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2021 –  On the fourth night of Chanukah — December 1, 2021 — members of Chicago’s young Jewish philanthropic community got into the holiday spirit while supporting the land and people of Israel at Jewish National Fund-USA’s JNFuture event, Light up the Night.


More than 75 YJPs ages 22-40 enjoyed cocktails, Chanukah-themed appetizers, and spun dreidels while networking at Joe’s on Weed Street with other passionate Zionist friends, old and new at one of the organization’s first in-person events in Chicago since the start of the pandemic.  



Young Jewish philanthropists celebrate Chanukah at JNF-USA’s JNFuture event in Chicago


“We were so excited to finally be able to host our in-person event for Chanukah after many months of virtual opportunities,” said JNFuture Chicago President, Adina Silberman. “It is an incredible feeling to be able to reconnect with fellow proud Israel supporters. This event was definitely a success.  We truly ‘lit up the night.’”


“Outside of work, I use my time to advocate for Israel with Jewish National Fund-USA and I’m loving every moment of it! I can’t wait for our next event in January!” added JNFuture Chicago Board Member, Yari Rahmanim.



JNFuture Chicago Board members: Josh Gibbs, Devin Taylor, Amanda Feder, Yari Rahmanim, Matthew Shuman


Light up the Night 2021 was the highest-attended JNFuture Chanukah event in Chicago since 2014.


For more information about how you can get involved with the local chapter of JNFuture, JNF-USA’s community of young philanthropists ages 22-40, contact Becky Davidoff at



Rebecca Goldsteen, Mayer Ghonoja, and Gal Spivak 


Event Chair Jonathan Kamel giving his remarks

Event Chair Jonathan Kamel giving his remarks



Tom Tishbey and Brooke Kerendian spin the dreidel at JNF-USA’s JNFuture Chanukah event in Chicago



Event Co-Chair Jordan Salins, Nisa Salins, JNFuture Chicago Board member Josh Gibbs, Ashley Gibbs 



Sean Paknoosh, Mia Rahmanim 



Ellie Kirshenbaum, Jamie Perry, Emily Trotz



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About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.