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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847-675-7331
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Jewish student union has taught me much and is always a fun experience. Hope they can continue to spread the word through-out payton for a long time

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

The amount of learning that goes on while having fun

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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3 people found this review helpful

the work this group is doing with Jewish youth is phenomenal. Without breaking the bank, JSU has found a way to touch the lives of young Jews all around the area and enrich their lives with friendly, straighforward, honest and relevant information, discussions and experiences that bring these young people back into Jewish life. KUDOs to them

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

Young, vibrant, talented and committed

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

Bring back so many lost Jewish youth

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have seen the way that the organization can change a student's life by merely participating in their after-school programs. JSU fills a void in the Jewish community; for so long, we have rightfully focused on funding day schools but have completely ignored the teens that for whatever reason wind up in the public school system. For the unaffiliated kids, JSU is a great engagement tool for them to become involved. And, for the already affiliated, JSU provides a home away from home at their school.

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

seeing participants go to community youth groups and events for the first time.

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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3 people found this review helpful

Through club activities I have learned a great deal more about Israel. Also, I see kids and adults from different parts of the Jewish community cooperating together, which is encouraging. Sponsoring the club has brought Judaism into my life much more often, has strengthened my ties to Judaism, and has added to my personal happiness.

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

strengthening the Jewish commmunity at my school

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

friendship, knowledge, kosher pizza!

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

highly qualified in basic knowledge and in working with kids.

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

give scholarships to every kid who would like to visit Israel.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I hosted JSU students at my house for a Shabbat dinner and simply listening to how JSU has impacted their lives as young Jews and as young adults as a whole, brightened my Jewish spirit.

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

Exceptional and highly attuned to the needs of the students and the community.

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

seriously impact the future Jewish community; one that already exists and one that would be created out of the previously unaffiliated youth that become connected through JSU.

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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3 people found this review helpful

I have been actively involved for the past 3 years of high school (I am a junior) and have been President of the club for the past 2 years. My freshman year we had about 8 people every club, this year we have between 32-38 every week! I always have people coming up to me in the hall asking what well be doing this week or next week, excited for wednesday afternoon. We have open discussions, presentations by speakers from different jewish organizations, joint clubs with the muslim learning club, and great advisor leadership.

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

seeing the club grow, and kids not only coming because their parents make them feel guilty, but because they are excited.

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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3 people found this review helpful

My daughter has been actively involved in JSU at her school and it has been an exceptional experience for her--especially because we live in an area with a small Jewish population and limited resources.

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

It has encouraged my daughter to take a leadership role.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I just attended a Jewish Student Union event today and was absolutely blown away by their ability to engage disinterested teens. they provide a safe and healthy environment for teenagers and we need more organizations like them. They are incredible.

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

Change the face of the Jewish teenage scene across the globe.

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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