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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: Since 1900, JUF has been Jewish Chicago's central source of help and hope for people in need, providing for the most vulnerable individuals in our midst-children, the poor, immigrants, the elderly and the disabled-without regard to the ability to pay for services.JUF is committed to the preservation, enrichment, and continuity of the Jewish people, and to expressing our community's deeply shared concerns regarding Jewish life in the Chicago area, North America, Israel and throughout the world. As a member of the greater Chicago community, JUF also participates in the wider civic arena of addressing general community needs and problem solving for people of all faiths.

Programs: Allocations (local) - the jewish united fund of metropolitan chicago (juf) conducts fundraising activities by means of annual calendar year campaigns and makes allocations to jewish federation of metropolitan chicago (jf) and jewish federations of north america (jfna). Through its allocation to jf, juf supports various nonprofit organizations in the chicago area that provide assistance to people of all faiths, including hot meals and groceries, utility and rent assistance, prescriptions and medical care for impoverished families; job training and placement for people who are out of work; therapeutic school and specialized care for children with disabilities; support services for holocaust survivors; assisted living, specialized alzheimer's care and transportation for seniors; respite services for caregivers of frail seniors and people with disabilities; counseling, prevention and intervention services for troubled teens; and an entire continuum of prevention and therapeutic services for individuals and families in crisis. Because the jewish united fund of metropolitan chicago and the jewish federation of metropolitan chicago (juf) are so closely linked in numerous ways (combined board of directors, shared professional staff, shared office space, etc. ), and because juf provides an annual, multi-million dollar allocation to the jewish federation, we measure and report our program and service results jointly for the combined juf/federation enterprise, which are summarized below:local human services- 514,514 meals, food bags and grocery cards were delivered to needy local jews. - 3,755 households received more than $4. 6 million in emergency financial assistance to pay for housing, healthcare and other critical expenses. - 881 workers secured paid jobs. - 303 new and existing small business entrepreneurs got help to launch or expand their businesses, creating 144 new jobs. - 1,162 impoverished jews received life-preserving prescription medications. - 22,619 individuals received free or highly-subsidized mental and physical healthcare. - 5,564 seniors received services enabling them to stay in their homes. - 3,189 people received assistance applying for public benefits. - 526 low-income families received free or subsidized legal assistance. - 288 people were placed into more affordable, stable housing. - 646 holocaust survivors maximized their independence through in-home services, emergency financial assistance, group support, advocacy and socialization. - 1,288 children with disabilities received intensive therapeutic services and education. Formal and informal jewish education services:- 22,299 children and youth engaged in jewish learning and built stronger jewish identities through formal and informal jewish educational experiences. - 3 in 4 jewish day school students received scholarships and/or tuition assistance. - 2,850 students received tuition financial assistance at 14 local jewish day schools. - local day schools got assistance with facilities management, security, loan guarantees, governance, benchmarking, and resource development. - 1,549 children received more than $1. 1 million in scholarships for jewish summer camp experiences. - 638 families received more than $1. 5 million in financial assistance or subsidies for a jewish early childhood educational experiences. Israel connections, advocacy and education services:- 1,771 jewish young adults went on free trips to israel courtesy of juf birthright israel, strengthening their connection to the jewish homeland. - 904 youth received juf-supported scholarships that helped them afford pivotal educational experiences in israel. - 3,395 teens gained knowledge and skills to better articulate support for israel through juf-supported programs in local high schools and jewish summer camp. - on 16 major campuses statewide, the jcrc/hillel israel initiative partners with other religious, ethnic and cultural groups to present pro-israel programs for hundreds of students and faculty. - 4 major illinois universities now have flourishing israel studies programs, established in partnership with juf/federation to share israel's contributions to technology, science and culture. - 55 participants from 13 area high schools engaged in write-on for israel, an intensive, two-year israel advocacy training program for upperclassmen. Services for families with young children:- 6,317 families with 9,589 young children received free, monthly jewish books and music through juf's pj library program. - 683 jewish families with young children participated in juf young families programs, exploring jewish life through arts & crafts, storytelling and holiday celebrations in public venues. - 286 new jewish parents received jbaby chicago "swag bags" which included free jewish books among its offering of welcome to jewish newborns. Hands-on volunteerism and teen services:- 12,177 jews of all ages volunteered through juf's tov volunteer network and our juf partner agencies, providing hands-on assistance from serving meals to people in need to tutoring at-risk children. - 648 teens furthered their connection and engagement in chicago's jewish community through leadership roles in local juf-supported programming. - 452 teens and college students made a difference in the lives of poor jews, seniors and people with disabilities through juf-sponsored volunteer services. - 111 teens in grades 6-12 from 26 schools participated in monthly community service projects. Young adult engagement and leadership development services:- 3,798 college students engaged in jewish activities on illinois campuses, raising their awareness of jewish values, knowledge of israel and commitment to the greater jewish community. - 34 local college students participated in an intensive summer work/study program in chicago jewish communal service, working for agencies or departments of the jewish united fund/jewish federation of metropolitan chicago. - 1,509 young business professionals attended 15 events focused on engaging the next generation of jewish businessmen and businesswomen. - 375 russian-speaking jewish young professionals came to 20 specialized events to connect with each other, the broader community, and with their own jewish identity. - 435 young professionals were engaged in a leadership capacity as members of the boards of the young leadership division, young women's board and young women's city council, which in turn gained the participation of 6,429 individuals in 132 education, advocacy, fundraising and outreach events, setting them on the path to intensive jewish involvement. - 23 professionals in their 30s and 40s, selected for their leadership potential, began participation in an intensive jewish leaders institute, grooming them for the institution's most senior leadership positions through orientation to juf/federation; organizational leadership training; education about jewish history, values and community. - some 82,500 unique visitors came to oy! Chicago, the outreach blog for unaffiliated local 20- and 30-somethings. - 86 community members serve on the juf/federation board of directors, and 350 additional community members participating in the board's 30 standing committees.

allocations (overseas) - through its allocation to jfna, juf supports services to nearly 2 million individuals in israel and 70 other countries. These range from basic social service programs addressing needs of all age groups to formal and informal jewish education/identity development. The major beneficiary organizations which engage in overseas work through support from jfna are the american jewish joint distribution committee, the jewish agency for israel and the world ort. Summary of service results-rescue and resettlement services:- 24,648 immigrants were assisted with job preparation and placement, language skills, housing and socialization programming to help them integrate into israeli society. - 19,800 jews from across the world began new lives of freedom in israel. Services to strengthen at-risk israeli families and communities:- 23,500 disadvantaged but promising israeli students were immersed in educational opportunities designed to close the socioeconomic gap and ensure their future success. - 12,000 at-risk israeli youth and family members in 36 locations throughout israel received emotional and scholastic support to help prepare them for future success. - 11,378 disadvantaged israelis in juf's partnership together region of kiryat gat-lachish benefitted from customized programs to help lift them out of poverty. - 2,000 young adults served as mentors, tutors, entrepreneurs and social activists in disadvantaged israeli communities, helping 25,000 citizens improve their quality of life. Global jewish community services:- 144,354 impoverished elderly throughout russia and other eastern european countries received food, medicine and heating fuel to sustain them. - 26,308 poor children in these countries also received life-sustaining food, medicine and financial assistance. - 6,095 young jews from russia and other eastern european counties built stronger jewish and zionist identities through jewish camping experience.

community relations - through its support of the jewish community relations council (jcrc), juf coordinates the collective policies and programs among 46 constituent jewish organizations active in public affairs/community relations work. Jcrc educates and mobilizes the jewish community for action through juf and those constituent groups on issues ranging from israel to darfur, and from combatting anti-semitism to the broad array of intergroup relations (interfaith, interethnic, etc. ). Jcrc activities and engagement takes place with the media, campuses, government, foreign diplomats and religious and civic leaders.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The JUF isn't run as smoothly as one might expect, and there is a lack of concern for individuals who pile up at the doors of the social service agencies. The heads of those agencies, like Jewish Family Service is run horribly, and the guy who hires the folks at JFCS couldn't care less. Imagine these are over-stressed and under-educated guys with a narrow perspective on life and too many kids at home to feed.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Raising a teen is hard work for a single jewish mom soft at the edges trying to navigate the sharp turns of the agencies under the JUF umbrella.  

I remember watching a woman in her kitchen preparing for Shabbot, chopping meat on a cutting board, moving it around with a brut force and intensity, lacking respect for what it once was, a creature perfect in its form.  Lets put aside the kosher kill and realize the preparation ..

  I called JUF's human resources/rabbi of the Golf Rd Skokie shul last summer. I was ill with c dif. Needed help from JCFS but the director of JCSF dropped the ball on me and was so flippant about it i complained to the JUF /skokie rabbi above who hires the underlings.

 The director head of JCFS manipulated some rationale, unrefined and retaliatory, to steal my lottery winning which i obtained through financial aid Skokie JCFS  office.

That office denied me a good fit for counseling for over a year and never offered me help till i won that lottery which he retracted.

 
   I lost my health, my child, my home and my life. From the POV of me, mom, parent-- they've partaken in the torturous behavior of a private high school which they fund and which ganged up against me with my difficult adolescent.

As a single parent,  can you imagine them  using their money against you , to tear you apart from your kin? 

For my lack of funds and ill health I get pushed aside?
This is not Judaism.

Its almost 2 years Ive been on their chopping block. The head of the agenies above threaten me when i draw attention to this and to all concerned who steamrolled over me.

 They "prepared" me --- a single mom on the same Shabbot chop block, whacking what was once alive in me to bits of what is now almost dead. I am food for vicious thought, for them. Delicious, digested, and without concern for the soul it once inhabited.

  The JUF is an umbrella that hid and irrevocably and viciously separated my family. There's no excuse. They shucked me aside because as I had no substantial wealth backing they allowed me NO VOICE..

There's is a mechanical seperation attempting to  force feed us like farm chickens you think its ok to eat because theyre kosher. They are tortured. Tortured kosher. The JUF -- that big umbrella --tore a gaping hole in my heart and ruined my life and my faith in those who profess an interest in Judaism.
 

Gayle P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish United Fund extends its reach to help so many in need, both here in Chicago and around the globe each and every day. JUF has made a concerted effort to raise increased awareness of its mission and reach more people through new channels of communication by increasing its online presence on its website, through Facebook and diverse and informative blogs. JUF also works hard to engage the next generation and gives young Jews in their 20s and 30s a voice through Oy!Chicago.com and programs such as "Double Chai in the Chi, 36 under 36" which recognizes outstanding young contributors to the community each year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jewish United Fund is an incredible organization that helps 300,000 Chicagoans of all races and religions and 2 millions Jews in Israel and around the world. I love volunteering at JUF supported agencies, and it feels great to see where my money and efforts go!I feel confident that when I give to JUF my support is going directly to helping those in need and furthering causes I care about.

Donor

Rating: 5

JUF helps so many people in so many ways, from meeting the most basic and essential daily needs to responding to crises to improving quality of life and building community. Jews and non-Jews. In Chicago, Israel and around the world. It really makes a difference in people's lives. And it does it very effectively and efficiently. I know my dollars are being used the way they should be.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Jewish United Fund is an incredible organization that helps needy Chicagoans of all denominations, and plays a critical role in supporting all facets of Jewish life in Chicago, Israel and around the world. I know that when I donate to JUF, my money goes directly toward helping people in my community and supporting causes I care about.

Linda236

Donor

Rating: 5

It matters to me that JUF/Federation takes care of both Jews and non-Jews in need, and that it does so with fundraisings costs of just 4 cents on the dollar. Personally, I also am gratified that JUF funding supports the work of the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel. and programs to empower women in communities like Beit Shemesh.

Christine99

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I support Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago because its affiliate agencies reach the Chicago community at large. From reuniting families immigrating from countries were they suffered persecution and helping them establish lives in the US, to sponsoring community-building events, to helping parents of children with special needs and children of aging parents - JUF's agencies and programs have an incredible outreach. I appreciate the focus on meeting people's needs - food, heat, healthcare, etc.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. I know that my donation will be used effectively in two ways - to help those with immediate needs and to build a future we all want to be part of.

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that JUF is an outstanding nonprofit organization to support because you know that when you give them your money, they use it as efficiently as possible and reach thousands of individuals in need, not only in the Chicagoland area but all over the world. As the center of federated giving for Chicagoland Jews, dollars raised by JUF/JF have the greatest possible impact and fund so many incredible organizations, including JCFS, CJE Senior Life, and The ARK locally as well as JDC and JAFI for overseas initiatives in Israel and beyond. They address health and human services issues as well as jewish education and communal concerns. Because I caer about all of these things, it's great to have a place to give one donation that goes the extra mile to support all of these critical programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I moved to Chicago nearly seven years ago, not only did I not know a single person, but I had never visited Chciago before. In the process of getting myself acclimated, I began attending JUF functions (young profession events, bar nights and their softball league). The window of social opporunity that JUF created was endless. I quickly learned what a vital organization JUF is to the Chicago community. Many of us are very familiar of the benefit and care the outstretched helping hand of JUF offers in the social service, fundraising and volunteer arenas. In parallel, those who become involved are rewarded, in my opinion, more than they give. Since attending my very first event, Shabbat in a Box, I have made countless friends, volunteered for amazing causes and donated to make a difference. My circle of friends would not be what it is today without the foundation YLD has set. I was privileged to be given the opportunity to join the YLD Board of Directors. Now, as I am actively part of the organization that gave me so much, I have the ability to give back so that someone else, new to Chicago like me, will have the same amazing experience, because of JUF, I had upon moving to the city.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've used the agencies and services of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago throughout my life, from finding synagogues and schools in the Guide to Jewish Living to going to the Ark to drop off donated items. Most recently my connection was with the Jewish Vocational Service.