Welcome to the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation

Fostering a vibrant Jewish future at home and abroad and assisting broader humanitarian activities since 1929.

Jewish Life and Learning

CUJF engages our dynamic and diverse community with educational resources and community events to appeal to different interests, backgrounds, and ages throughout the life span.

Support for Our Most Vulnerable

As Jews, we have a responsibility to care for the needy in our community, as well as to support our members during their most vulnerable times. CUJF is there with information, referrals, and financial assistance when needed.

Community Giving

Together, we are stronger. CUJF serves as a central mechanism for raising and allocating funds to local organizations as well as supporting Jewish organizations and initiatives in Israel and throughout the world.

  • Education

    From PJ Library at 6 months of age, to Gift of Israel for young adults, CUJF sponsors a wide range of educational resources for Jewish youth. For the greater CU community, we support local teachers with resources and training to teach about the holocaust, as well community outreach projects on Jewish culture and history.

  • Humanitarian Aid

    Supporting our members during their most vulnerable times is perhaps our most important contribution to the community. Financial assistance to get through a difficult period, educational and advocacy support for new Americans, or bereavement support and respectful burial for the indigent, CUJF is there in times of the greatest need.

  • Engagement

    Movies for teens? Israeli Folkdancing? Film Festival? Senior programs? CUJF strives to offer our community a range of opportunities to engage with others who share their interests or offer different perspectives. Events are always open to everyone in the community, across all affiliations and backgrounds.

  • World Connections

    No matter where we live, we are all part of one global Jewish family. Through our community contributions to the Jewish Federation of North America, we support global Jewry in 70 countries around the world. CUJF also provides direct support to eight specific educational and humanitarian programs in Israel.

News & Upcoming Events


Faculty and Staff Shabbat

October 25 at 7:00 pm@ Illini Hillel

Join UIUC faculty, students, and community members for a special semi-annual Shabbat dinner.


Recycling Drive with Sinai Temple Green Team

October 25-27 @ Sinai Temple

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Click here for more information.


CUJF Ladies Night with Yiddish dancing, Veretski Pass, and Mitch Harris

October 26, 7:30 @ Urbana Dance Company

For more information, contact Yael Gertner


Veretski Pass Performance

October 27, 7:00 pm @ Sinai Temple Free admission.


Pause with Pittsburg

One year after the most brutal attack ever against the Jewish community on U.S. soil, Pittsburgh remembers. On October 27, thousands will join with Pittsburgh in a global moment of remembrance and an online memorial service. In the aftermath of the horrific attack that took 11 lives, our guiding beacon of hope is that we are stronger together. Join a virtual global moment and “Pause with Pittsburgh” by signing up at www.pausewithpittsburgh.com and receive a text message at 5:00 pm EST on Sunday, October 27, 2019, that contains a video reading of a mourning prayer and the names of the 11 lives lost. After sharing this collective moment of prayer, join the Pittsburgh community for public memorial service via livestream. All are invited to send a message of solidarity by following this link.


Lecture/Demonstration: Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Gateways to World Music Series

October 28, 7:30 pm @ Music Building Auditorium Free admission.

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CUJF Publication Deadline

The deadline for CUJF’s weekly email blast is Wednesdays at 3:00 pm for publication on Fridays at noon. Tell us about your services, your events, and your good news! Email us at communications@cujf.org.



Call for Volunteers

Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation relies on the time, talent and hard work of volunteers to help with all aspects of the organization’s important work, from stuffing envelopes to planning parties. 

A number of our committees are in need of more members, including: 

  • CHAI Seniors

  • Nominations

  • Film Festival

  • Events

  • Outreach

For more information on committee members or other ways you can help strengthen our small but mighty Federation, please contact Rebekah Noven, board President, at novenfamily@gmail.com or (312) 286-7134.