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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: JUF amplifies our collective strength to make the world a better place--for everyone. Community-powered, we consider the totality of local and global Jewish needs and how to address them. From generation to generation, we help people connect to Jewish life and values, fueling a dynamic, enduring community that comes together for good.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500,000 people of all faiths and millions of Jews in Israel and around the world.

Geographic areas served: WE CONNECT our community to the epic moments in Jewish life, invigorating a Jewish heritage that honors the past and hopes for the future. WE ASSIST people in need to overcome life's challenges, transforming daily life for over 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths. WE SUPPORT Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, advocating on key issues and providing humanitarian assistance for millions. WE RESPOND swiftly to crisis situations, mobilizing resources and rushing aid to communities in distress worldwide. WE MAXIMIZE impact, generating ROI on the community's philanthropy through smart stewardship of collective resources. WE CULTIVATE Jewish identity and connection, engaging our community through enriching programs and experiences from baby to bubbe. WE ADVANCE Jewish learning--supporting and providing Jewish educational opportunities from preschool to high school, through college and beyond. WE INSPIRE innovation--funding and incubating breakthrough initiatives that adapt to and effect

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; multi-faceted, specialized support services for people 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 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:2016 impact: providing human serviceslocal- 561,703 meals, food bags and grocery cards were delivered to needy local jews. - 2,840 households received more than $3. 7 million in emergency financial assistance to pay for housing, healthcare and other critical expenses. - 525 workers secured paid jobs. - 1,194 impoverished jews received life-preserving prescription medications. - 46,932 individuals received free or highly-subsidized mental and physical healthcare. - 3,399 seniors received services enabling them to stay in their homes. - 531 low-income families received free or subsidized legal assistance. - 1,201 holocaust survivors maximized their independence through in-home services, emergency financial assistance, group support, advocacy and socialization. - 1,658 children and 954 adults with disabilities received intensive therapeutic services and education. 2016 impact: creating jewish experiences- 21,844 children and youth engaged in jewish learning and built stronger jewish identities through formal and informal jewish educational experiences. - 73% of jewish day school students received scholarships and/or tuition assistance. - 3,091 students received tuition financial assistance at 15 local jewish day schools. - local day schools got assistance with facilities management, security, loan guarantees, governance, benchmarking, and resource development. - 1,261 children received nearly $950,000 in scholarships for jewish summer camp experiences. - 8,460 young jews from russia and other eastern european countries built stronger jewish and zionist identities through a jewish camping experience. - 752 children received $1. 7 million in financial assistance or subsidies for jewish early childhood educational experiences. - 7,214 families with young children received free, monthly jewish books and music through juf's pj library program. - 1,045 families with children ages 7-11 received free monthly jewish books through the new pj our way program. - 1,977 chicago families with 2,768 young children participated in "juf young families" programs, exploring jewish life through arts & crafts, storytelling and holiday celebrations. - 495 jewish parents received jbaby "swag" bags of jewish gifts for their newborns. - 1,798 jewish young adults went on free trips to israel courtesy of juf birthright israel, strengthening their connection to the jewish homeland. - 765 youth received juf-supported scholarships that helped them afford pivotal educational experiences in israel. 2016 impact: strengthening community connections- 2,293 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, juf's israel education center 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. - 47 participants from area high schools engaged in write-on for israel, an intensive, two-year israel advocacy training program for upperclassmen. - 4,030 college students participated in jewish life on illinois campuses. - nearly 2,000 chicagoans strengthened their connection to the state of israel in 2016 through meaningful experiences in juf's partnership together region of kiryat gat-lachish-shafir in israel's negev. - 5,574 jews of all ages volunteered through juf's tov volunteer network and other juf programs, providing hands-on assistance from serving meals to people in need to tutoring at-risk children. - 595 teens made a difference in the lives of poor jews, seniors and people with disabilities through juf-sponsored volunteer services. - 872 teens furthered their connection and engagement in chicago's jewish community through juf leadership programming. - 7,271 young jewish adults attended 379 events focused on engaging the next generation. - 97,937 visitors came to oy! Chicago, the outreach blog for unaffiliated local twenty- and thirty-somethings.

allocations (overseas) - through its allocation to jfna, juf supports services to nearly millions of 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:- 22,000 immigrants were assisted with job preparation and placement, language skills, housing and socialization programming to help them integrate into israeli society- 31,194 jews from across the world began new lives of freedom in israel - including a record-breaking 7,900 from france- 7,300 ukrainian jews made aliyah in calendar 2016, representing fully 11% of the country's jewish populationservices to strengthen at-risk israeli families and communities:- 22,100 disadvantaged israeli students were immersed in educational opportunities designed to close the socioeconomic gap and ensure their future success, and 2,400 disadvantaged israelis received scholarships for higher education and vocational trainingglobal jewish community services:- 122,729 impoverished elderly throughout russia and other eastern european countries received food, medicine and heating fuel to sustain them. - 19,620 poor children in these countries also received life-sustaining food, medicine and financial assistance.

community relations - through its support of the jewish community relations council (jcrc), juf coordinates the collective policies and programs among 43 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 internal and domestic issues ranging from israel advocacy to combatting anti-semitism, and works to strengthen our community's intergroup relations (interfaith, interethnic, etc. ). Jcrc activities and engagement take place with the media, campuses, government, foreign diplomats and religious and civic leaders.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

JUF has helped my family with kindness, care and compassion. They are professional and use money wisely. They do not turn anyone away, and that is very important to me. I deeply appreciate the organization, and most importantly, the people who work there.

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.