JEWISH STUDENT UNION

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

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Location: 3200 W Touhy Ave Floor Two Chicago IL 60645 USA

Mission: By creating and facilitiating after school Jewish clubs, JSU establishes a community for teens in public high schools across the country. Involved and unaffiliated kids alike join together in having fun, social justice projects, and Jewish learning opportunities. The ultimate goal is to expand the teen's interest in participating in the Jewish community at large via youth groups, conferences and events.
Results: Over 250 Jewish clubs in the country!
Direct beneficiaries per year: Roughly 20,000 students engaged in the course of a year
Geographic areas served: All of US and Canada
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Wonderful! I love being a part of Jewish Student Union. It enriches my faith and my knowledge of Judaiusm. JEW

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PIZZA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

kill the kaTholics

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping non-JEWS

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

GOOD JEWS

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could be invested

Ways to make it better...

Pepperoni pizza

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

all the jew hatas

One thing I'd also say is that...

I luv JEWS

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

It has been fantastic! Really been an important addition to my Jewish education, and an important part of our school environment. We look at social justice under a Jewish perspective and it has been incredible. Learning about Darfur, Uganda, and everything under a Jewish lense - truly inspiring.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

INCREDIBLE. Marcy Felsenthal, one of the head staff, is incredible, inspiring, and amazing. I learn so much from her on a weekly basis and her excitement catches on like wildfire.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

JSU is so generous and willing. They help us fund activities at out meetings which is very important to expand our high school Hebrew Club. Its very important to be accepting of different cultures and help make people feel comfortable. JSU helps make this possible

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hebrew Club.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

involve more people

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

fun activities (sukkah building, painting icture frames, making falafel, watching jewish movies)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so nice, kind, and well educated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a difference in the Jewish community, involve more people in volunteer work and unite people of the Jewish culture

Ways to make it better...

more people were involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is my first year as president of the JSU club at my public high school; I had some great experiences as a Freshman last year an more this year, including Jewish Apples to Apples, a sukkah party, and an epic gaga tournament. This past week, we had an Israeli soldier come in and share her experiences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All were extremely friendly and well-prepared to run the club, and were good at interacting and connecting to both Jewish an non-Jewish students, and adults.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I really enjoy JSU. I feel so comfortable there and the discussions are really interesting. I love our leader and the interesting topics we explore. I'm glad there is someplace I can finally be open about my Judaism and share it with those who don't practice at home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interesting new facts I learn every time I attend.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run so many great service projects and arrange many fun and constructive events.the disc

Ways to make it better...

More students were involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

JSU brings teens together in a fun communal and jewish environment. In high school it also helps non-jews learn more about judaism in fun ways which helps to lower anti-semitism.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach thousands of high school students around the country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a member of the JSU at Walter Payton College Prep, and I always look forward to attending the fun and informative weekly meetings. This past week, an Israel soldier came to speak with us about her experiance in this mandatory army. I have relatives in Israel and am interested in becoming a lone soldier in Israel, and our speaker was so supportive and helpful. I know my Jewish Identity would not be the same without JSU!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The epic Gaga tournements!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

What a great opportunity for Jewish Highschool students to meet and be involved in so many Jewish experiences in the place they spend most of their time. Helps to keep teenagers connected to their roots in a way that makes sense to them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and available for the kids

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

It's been a ton of fun, and I am very comfortable in the surroundings of Jsu. Playing games and doing activities make it fun, but I learn as well. I look forward to it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly. I always look forward to walking into a friendly, supportive, fun environment. I have made friends and learned more about my religion at the same time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I love going to JSU after school on Mondays. I try to go to as many of the meets as possible. The activities range from making Jewish food to having dissussions on Judaism and related ideas. JSU gives me a place to have fun and socialize with friends while also non forgetting and improving my Jewish identity at a public school. So far this year we have eaten in a sukkah, played gaga in the atrium and had a disscussion about repentence before Yom Kippur in relation to Michael Jordan, Kanye West and Joe Wilson. I plan to attend JSU for the rest of my time at high school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic. Usually Brad Sugar comes to our school for out weekly JSU, so we have all gotten to know him. He always comes prepared with a fun and interesting activity planned for us to do.

Ways to make it better...

JSU was resechuled the days where we miss Monday instead of skipping that week.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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