About Us

The Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation (CUJF) is a secular, non-profit organization that has served the CU community since 1929. Its directives over the (almost) past century have evolved as the needs of the Jews locally and abroad have changed. Its founding purpose of service of our local community's most needy expanded to supporting the development of the State of Israel, to sponsoring refugees from the former Soviet Union, to providing a broad range of educational programs and humanitarian services for our increasingly diverse local community. Throughout the past decades, CUJF has served as the central conduit through which our local CU Jewish community has realized its mission to foster a vibrant Jewish future at home and abroad.

What We Do



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.





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.