Jenner & Block

Berman Continues Work as a Leader for JUF, Helps Promote Professional Connections with Israel

Jenner & Block Partner Debbie L. Berman continues her leadership efforts within the Jewish United Fund (JUF) leading a recent successful fundraising dinner series and creating a new professional women’s networking group.

As Chair of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Trades, Industries & Professions (JUF-TIP), Ms. Berman oversaw a series of four dinners for 13 different JUF-TIP divisions which featured speakers such as former Vice President Al Gore, ABC Newsman Bob Woodruff and columnist Charles Krauthammer. The successful dinner series raised more than $2 million for the 2007 JUF Campaign and for the Israel Emergency Campaign.

The JUF-TIP is comprised of 13 divisions that offer professionals the opportunity to connect with colleagues throughout many industries. As Chair, Ms. Berman plans to expand opportunities for cross-divisional programming, create new giving societies, develop young professionals groups within the various divisions and increase opportunities for professional women. 

Ms. Berman also recently co-created the JUF Executive and Professional Women’s Network, a networking group designed to bring women together from a variety of diverse fields including lawyers, financial service and real estate professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.  The goal of the group is to promote professional achievement and success among its members.

“The network will be an excellent empowerment source for women as well as a great addition to the services the JUF offers its members,” Ms. Berman said.

In addition, Ms. Berman traveled to Israel this year to participate in the first ever “Next Generation Track” of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Assembly. Recognized as a “future leader,” by the JAFI, Ms. Berman was selected along with 35 other young leaders from North America, Italy and Israel to participate in this leadership program. The program aimed to bring together active young leaders from around the world to heighten their awareness of the current issues and concerns in Israel.

Along with the other members of the Next Generation Group, Ms. Berman networked with top Israeli professionals in Tel Aviv in the areas of business, entertainment, and fashion. The group also met governmental and religious leaders from Israel and around the world including the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President-Elect Shimon Peres, Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, Diaspora Affairs Minister Yitzhak Herzog, Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and former Israeli Minister Natan Sharansky.