Reservations for the Dinner are closed, but there are still openings for concert and dessert reception at 7 p.m. 


Cost is $25 per person. 

Free childcare is provided.


Featuring a concert of Jewish music performed by local talent:

String Quartet led by Tamra Gingold
Arielle Weinstein, flute
Jamie Sergey, vocals


Dessert Reception 7:00pm

Concert 7:30pm


Please RSVP

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


Chanukah Showcase

December 8 & December 15 @ Sinai Temple Davis Chapel

Menorahs, candles, dreidels, other Chanukah merchandise and gift. The first candle lighting is on December 22. 


PJCS Workshop Exodus or Expulsion: Reconstructing the past of the Jews of Egypt in the 20th Century

December 9, 12:00 pm @ Jewish Studies seminar room, 109 English. 

Israel Institute Visiting Scholar, Liat Maggid Alon, will present a work in progress based on her extensive research on the history of Jews in Egypt.


Meals on Wheels

Weeks of December 2 & December 9

Routes are in Urbana and Champaign and are usually completed by noon. If interested, please contact Tony Soskin at


Chabad’s 36-hour Match-a-Thon

December 9, 10:00 am

Contact Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel at for more information.


Grade 3–7 Youth Group

December 11, 6:00 pm @ Elevate Trampoline Park with Sinai

Cost: $10.00 per child. This covers 2 hours of bouncing and socks. Snack foods and one drink per child will be provided. Please email Rabbi Jody if you can drive and the number of kids you can drive. Pick up by 8:00 pm at Elevate! RSVP in advance to Rabbi Jody Cook at


Omri Drumlevich - Final Showing

December 11, 7:00 pm  @ Dance Rehearsal Krannert

Join DAI guest artists and Israel Studies Project visitors Omri Drumlevich & Zina Zinchenko as they share their films and dance works. Free and open to the public.


3 and Under Chavurah

December 12, 5:30 pm @ Sinai Temple

Start experiencing Chanukah with toddlers and friends. BYO dinner, snacks will be provided. Please spread the word and RSVP to


WORKSHOP “A Nice Jewish Boy who Believes in Jesus” Fear, Fury, and the Campaign against Messianic Judaism in Britain

December 12, 2019, 12:00 pm @ 109A English Building

SpeakerGavin Schaffer (University of Birmingham, UK)


Teen Career Lecture Series 

December 15, 12:30 pm @ Sinai Temple

All 7–12 graders and their parents are invited to come get ideas for career options, learn about interesting new topics, meet adults in the community who do interesting and important work. This event is part of Confirmation Class and Hebrew High, but you do not need to be in the class to attend. It is cosponsored by CUJF and Sinai and open for all teens in the community. Professor Eliza Forsythe (Economics), Leia Flure (Nutrition Education Specialist), and Professor Gene Robinson (Director of Institute for Genomic Biology) will join to tell about their careers. Please RSVP to Yael Gertner at


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Call for Volunteers


Be a part of planning and executing the 2020 Jewish Film Festival! This year’s fest will be held in February and we need help selecting films, identifying speakers and planning a red carpet.



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 or (312) 286-7134.