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  

12 people found this review helpful

Michael Anderson is the best Jewish Learning Club leader ever! He's so fun and really finds amazing and interesting ways to teach us about things having to do with Judaism. And, he's so nice to everyone too.

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

instances where i tell my family interesting facts I learned and how i view things differently in a good way

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

it's fun and it doesn't feel like we're in a school setting, it feels like we're all friends and coming together to learn about the Jewishness in all of us.

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

So nice and really fun. I look forward to seeing Michael Anderson and Rabbis Sherbil every week. They're such nice people!

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

really help Israel and put it towards more activities and helping the JUF

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Israeli club at Niles North High School is a great experience for everyone involved. Our representative from JSU, Rabbi Donny Schwartz, is an excellent role model for all of us and for the Jewish community at large. In Israeli club we do various fun activites such as: play gaga, learn about Israel and Israeli culture and eat great food! Israeli club and JSU work together beautifully and enable Jewish teens from all over the midwest to learn more about Israel and embrace its culture and history.

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

My knowledge of Israel and Israeli culture.

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

Give them a bigger budget to do better programming.

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

Meeting lots of new people.

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

Rabbi Donny Schwartz, our representative and other Jewish community members

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

Provide greater outreach to the country as well as involve more community indivduals in our club. It could also help raise awareness about the current situation in Israel

Ways to make it better...

JSU could bring Israel to us.

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

I'm not sure.

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

JSU has made me more comfortable as a Jew and as a leader in the community at large.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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2 people found this review helpful

JSU has been an amazing influence on my high school experience. The speakers that have come to my school to speak have been inspirational and made me organize my own beliefs about being Jewish. We have really fun activities. Last year, we made our own Matzah and had a speaker about how to make Matzah. It was an amazing experience.

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

Amazing! They are helpful, kind and available. Not only do they provide information about Israel and activities, but they also help me with my life.

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

Reach even more youth, take a trip to Israel with the students at my high school, and bring more amazing cultural Israeli experiences to America.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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2 people found this review helpful

its awsome! the programs are great and interestin! what other club gets israeli idol and a top 20 hip hop group in israel to come to their club!?!?!?! nobody, donnie is the best and israeli club rocks!!!

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

how fun it is and all the interestin programing that is brought to our highschool

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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2 people found this review helpful

i LOVE my JSU. It's a personable, fun and delicious (pizza) introduction into Jewish culture and tradition. There's food, arts+crafts, informational presentations and activism. Most of it is student driven, but we couldn't do it without our wonderful, wonderful leader.

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

Superb.

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

Go to every school that wanted one.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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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 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.

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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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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

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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