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Established in 1994, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations are dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago, the United States and Israel, as well as improving the quality of life within the Chicago metropolitan area by supporting secular organizations which address education, hunger issues, and promote the prevention of drug abuse.
As part of Lillian and Larry Goodman’s visionary efforts to build the city of Be’er-Sheva and the Negev region of Israel, the Foundations have underwritten numerous cultural, educational, and transportation projects which have made a significant impact on the quality of life in this growing region.
In the Chicago area, the Foundations are avid supporters of major Jewish educational and cultural institutions. These include the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, North Shore Congregation Israel, Chicagoland Jewish High School, Chicago Jewish Day School and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Additionally, the Foundations have expanded their reach by supporting the study of modern Israel history at Jewish overnight camps, including Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute, Camp Chi, and JCC camps in other areas of the country.
In 2007, the Cebrin Goodman Center was established to promote and develop programs to save lives through the prevention of drug abuse. In 2015, over twenty local high schools throughout the Chicago suburbs received grants to enhance their drug and alcohol prevention programs. The Build Youth, Build Community Program at Pedro Albizu Campo High School serves students in an alternative high school setting in Humboldt Park. The Center also supports drug prevention programming through the Robert Crown Center for Health Education in Hinsdale, Operation Snowball in Springfield, and the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute.
Since 2008, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations have established a presence in funding hunger issues. Significant grants have been made to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, including the establishment of the Goodman Hunger Forum. This annual event brings together thought leaders and policy makers in the hunger community with the goal of affecting change in the fight against hunger. The Foundations have also extended its giving to include the Palm Beach community with a substantial gift to aid hunger in the elderly community.