We are Achayot, a Jewish sisterhood group in the Metro Chicago Area. Your donations will help us have bonding events, philanthropy events, Shabbat dinners and potentially a formal! Check out more info for a bit about us!
We were inspired to create the group Achayot because we felt there was a desire and need in our community for one. We are a community of women from all across Chicago. We have girls from UIC, Columbia, Loyola, and Chamberland. Achayot started at UIC in Fall 2016 but in just two years was able to expand to three other schools. Unfortunately there are no Jewish sororities at any of these schools but there are Jewish Fraternities. We saw the role the Jewish fraternities play in building Jewish communities and helping Jewish men to form meaningful relationships, we wanted Achayot to do the same for Jewish women in Metro Chicago.
Here are some of the things our sisters have said about joining Achayot!
Robin Israel “Achayot has been my rock since I started school. Coming to a new place, not knowing anyone and finding all of these amazing people who are just incredible humans, and genuine they made me feel right at home where I felt I was 100 miles away. This group is a way to bring all different people from the same background together. I couldn't say that my college experience would be the same without it”
Rachel Zuckerberg “I love having a strong group of girls that not only keep me connected to Judaism, but are wonderful friends that have positively impacted my life”
Valeriya Volodarskaya- Vice President and Co-Founder “Achayot may just be one Hebrew word to some but to me, it is sisterhood and that sisterhood means the world to me. Together, we can safely and easily grow as Jewish women in our faith. These girls have been there for me when I need someone to laugh with, learn Torah with, or a shoulder to lean on. I don’t know where I would be without Achayot and the opportunities that Achayot has presented to myself and my sisters.”
Monica Hirsch- President “Joining Achayot was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I came to the first event and met a group of girls who were so genuinely kind, each with her own background and level of Jewish practice. Despite our differences, our Jewish roots unified us and I soon found myself hanging out with these girls on a daily basis, even outside of Achayot events. I am so thankful that I found a sisterhood in these women.”
Sam McNelis- Social Media Coordinator “Joining Achayot was one of the best decisions I ever made. I got to meet and become friends with an amazing group of girls who I can hangout with and talk to about anything. I'm so glad I joined Achayot"
Danit Katz- Treasurer and Co-Founder “Being part of Achayot for almost 3 years, I have witnessed a community of Jewish woman grow and thrive. I have made lifelong friendships, and without the support of these wonderful woman I would not be the person I am today. Seeing how Achayot is changing the lives of our other members has made all the effort and planning worthwhile. I hope to continue being part of this group long after graduating from UIC.”
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