Jewish Champaign-Urbana

Welcome to the community!

Both the Chabad Center and the Cohen Center, which houses the Hillel, have Kosher kitchens and frequently offer Shabbat meals. The Cohen center also houses Cafe Sababa, which serves Kosher dairy lunch Monday through Thursday during the school year. Chabad sells Kosher hot dogs at University of Illinois Basketball games.

 Kosher ingredients, including Kosher meat, can be found at several local supermarkets, including County Market at Springfield and 4th in Champaign and Schnucks, which has locations in both Champaign and Urbana. Binny's Beverage Depot in Champaign sells a selection of Kosher wines.  

For University of Illinois students, Kosher food is also available through University Dining

Religious services are regularly held at Sinai Temple (Reform services and Traditional Egalitarian services), Chabad (Orthodox services) and Hillel at the Cohen Center (Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox). Please see our calendar for a listing of regular services and contact each organization for the most up-to-date information. 

From kids to seniors, local Jewish groups offer events that people of all ages can enjoy. Chabad and Temple Sinai both offers events for kids. The Jewish Federation has programs and resources for young kids through teenagers through our PJ Library services. The Jewish Studies program at the University of Illinois offers lectures, concerts, and film showings. most are free and open to the public. Sinai Temple, Chabad, and the Jewish Federation also offer adult education classes. 

Champaign-Urbana has an Eruv that covers a large portion of the cities. Check out the Eruv Facebook page for up to date information about the Eruv. And contact Rabbi Shlomo Schachter for more information. 

 

Eruv Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChampaignUrbanaEruv/

Mikvah Mei Leah

Champaign-Urbana's mikvah (ritual bath) is located in Downtown Champaign and is open to community members. Contact an attendant to set an appointment. 

Jewish Holidays

Services and holidays celebrations take place at Sinai Temple, Chabad, and Hillel. CUJF and Sinai Temple co-sponsor children's events for several holidays. Check our online calendar, subscribe to our weekly e-mails, and contact local organizations for more information. 

Jewish Organizations

Champaign is home to a handful of Jewish organizations that serve the needs of the community.

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