JUF Advocacy Services

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4770
Fax: (312) 855-2476
Email: jcrc1@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/jcrc
Contact: Emily Sweet

The umbrella body for more than 40 major Jewish organizations in the Chicago area, and the community relations arm of the Jewish United Fund, involved in issues of concern to the Jewish community, including Israel, international affairs, interfaith and intergroup relations, anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity, and environmental issues.

JUF Government Affairs Program (Chicago) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4868
Fax: (312) 855-3285
Email: mararuff@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/govt_affairs/default.aspx
Contact: Mara Ruff

Develops and maintains working relationships with key government officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who formulate policy and make decisions affecting the Jewish community of Chicago. A focal point is to be a partner in coalition building along with other health and human service organizations, lobbying on behalf of the most vulnerable clients in Illinois, as well as promoting public-private partnerships. Offices in Chicago, Springfield and Washington, D.C., monitor issues, health and human services programs and financing, proposals, community relations and matters affecting the Jewish community.

JUF Government Affairs Program (Springfield) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5088
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4863
Email: suzannestrassberger@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/govt_affairs/default.aspx
Contact: Suzanne Strassberger

Develops and maintains working relationships with key government officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who formulate policy and make decisions affecting the Jewish community of Chicago. A focal point is to be a partner in coalition building along with other health and human service organizations, lobbying on behalf of the most vulnerable clients in Illinois, as well as promoting public-private partnerships. Offices in Chicago, Springfield and Washington, D.C., monitor issues, health and human services programs and financing, proposals, community relations and matters affecting the Jewish community.

JUF Government Affairs Program (Washington) *

Jewish United Fund
1720 I. Street, NW
8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: (202) 466-7090
Fax: (202) 466-7092
Email: lisashuger@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/govt_affairs/default.aspx
Contact: Lisa Shuger

Develops and maintains working relationships with key government officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who formulate policy and make decisions affecting the Jewish community of Chicago. A focal point is to be a partner in coalition building along with other health and human service organizations, lobbying on behalf of the most vulnerable clients in Illinois, as well as promoting public-private partnerships. Offices in Chicago, Springfield and Washington, D.C., monitor issues, health and human services programs and financing, proposals, community relations and matters affecting the Jewish community.

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