NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Batory Foods
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Education, Israel, Health and Human Services
OVERVIEW: Abel Friedman and his wife Judy move their philanthropy through the Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation. The couple's support of the Jewish community heavily involves the Chicago area. Other areas of interest include education, where Abel Friedman is on the board of governors of Hillel International. The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
BACKGROUND: Abel Friedman fled Poland with his family in 1938, at the start of World War II. In 1979, he founded Chicago Sweeteners (now Batory Foods).
COMMUNITY: The Friedmans are based in the Chicago area, and support the Jewish community in the region. They're strongly involved with the Moishe House Chicago, which "builds a diverse, progressive, and inclusive community in an egalitarian Jewish context that is committed to working towards a more just society." The Friedmans have also supported outfits like United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Illinois Holocaust Museum, The Chicago Board of Rabbis, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago.
EDUCATION: Friedman is on the board of governors of Hillel International, which the family has strongly supported via their foundation. They've also given especially strong support to Louis and Saerree Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern. Another grantee: Chicagoland Jewish High School.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: The couple has steadily given funds to American Friends of Magen David Adom, which supports the MDA emergency medical, ambulance, blood and disaster services.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect this Chicagoland couple to continue focusing much of their support of the Jewish community on their home region.
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The Abel and Judy Friedman Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact, but below is an address:
Abel and Judy Friedman Charitable Foundation
4231 W. Grove St.
Skokie, IL 60076