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.


COVID-19: Let Us Know How We Can Help


In these difficult times, CUJF continues to fulfill its mission to Aid, Educate and Celebrate our Jewish culture and community. CUJF's Human Services function is more important than ever. We have been making calls to our seniors and volunteers are picking up grocery orders for those who are unable to go out. If you or someone you know could use a friendly phone call or a delivery of needed items, please email us at cujf@cujf.org or call our office at (217) 367-9872 and leave a message. We are checking email and voicemail regularly.

We've reached out to the kids in our community with an online PJ Library storytime in conjunction with Sinai Temple. CUJF plans to offer more virtual programs, plus continue to provide information about resources from the other Jewish organizations in our community. We are also raising funds in order to assist members of our Jewish Community who may be affected by work closures, unexpected medical bills, and other emergencies. You can support these efforts! Click on “Donate” at the top of the page and type "virus" in the “Earmarks” section.

Together, we'll do a world of good!

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News, Events, & Announcements


Interview with CUJF Executive Director Linda Bauer
CUJF Executive Director Linda Bauer was interviewed by Illini Radio Group News Director Sam Albert recently. Linda spoke about CU Jewish Federation goals and activities and also about her family's story.
In the course of the interview, Linda also talked about her family and her parents, who were Holocaust survivors. That interview is available on the Soundcloud.

Robin Goettel (HEC Committee member), Rebecca Lawson (HEC Committee member), Linda Bauer (CUJF Executive Director), Brian Kahn (Chair, Holocaust Education Center), Bob Lehmann (HEC Committee member)

Holocaust Education Center hosted a retirement lunch


Members of of CUJF's Holocaust Education Center hosted a retirement lunch recently in Tuscola for HEC committee member Rebecca (Becky) Lawson. Although she is retiring from teaching, Becky plans to continue serve on the committee.


Becky has been an English teacher at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Illinois for many years. It is not common for small rural school districts to have Holocaust Education program, but Becky has been dedicated to making students aware of the Holocaust.


Her involvement includes receiving several fellowships, one which was Holocaust, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1994); the Mandel Teacher’s Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (1996); the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher’s Fellowship (sponsored by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the American Federation of Teachers) (1998); the Leo and Antonia Gershanov Teaching Fellowship at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie, IL (2004); Becky has directed two Holocaust plays (Who Will Carry the Word? and I Never Saw Another Butterfly) and has worked extensively on teaching Holocaust literature, especially through drama, poetry, and Elie Wiesel’s Night. She has presented throughout the region about Holocaust literature. She has also helped organize several Holocaust workshops and visits to her community and area schools by Holocaust survivors. A member of the CUJF's Holocaust Education Center for over 20 years, for her outstanding innovation and dedication to Holocaust education.


CUJF congratulates Rebecca Lawson on her many years of teaching, and thanks her for her dedication to teaching the important lessons of the Holocaust.