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


Holocaust Education Program ADL Workshop

Thursday, January 16, 4:30 pm @ ROE 9

The Holocaust Education Committee of the CUJF invites you to participate in a workshop presented by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Teaching the Holocaust Empowering Students


Shabbat Rocks/Next Dor

Friday, January 17, 5:50 @ Sinai Temple

Join Sinai on third Friday Shabbat for dinner, tefillah and oneg Shabbat. Please RSVP to Rabbi Jody by January 15. Cost of dinner is $5 per person. 


School’s Out Program

Monday, January 20 @ Sinai Temple

For students who are in Kindergarten-5th grades. Please email Rabbi Jody by 1/15/2020 to sign up. Activities will include blanket tying, outdoor play (weather permitting), STEM projects, art, cooking, a movie, games and more. Cost is $50 for one child and $30 for any additional children in the same family. Drop off between 8:30-9:00, pick up by 4:00. Please send a lunch, 1-2 quiet games to share, 1-2 books/quiet activities, winter outdoor clothes. Min/Max is 4/12.


Holocaust: Remembering the Past as We Stand Together for a Brighter Future

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 pm @ Countryside School 

Max Libman, Countryside 8th grader, will be presenting his short film A Star.

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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 novenfamily@gmail.com or (312) 286-7134.