Jewish Learning

Shabbat Guide

Shabbat Guide

JUF is pleased to provide this basic guide to celebrating Shabbat.

The Holocaust Project

Encyclopedia Britannica Holocaust Project

JUF partners with Encyclopedia Britannica to bring you their collection of Britannica's Holocaust Project resources.


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About Jewish Learning

Commitment to Education

The JUF Chicago community supports a wide variety of educational opportunities, enabling children, adults and families to learn about Jewish heritage and develop an affiliation with Jewish communal life. Many studies have demonstrated that day school, Hebrew school, Jewish camps and Israel trips have a tremendous impact on fostering Jewish identity.

Funding Jewish Education

The majority of Jewish educational institutions in Chicago receive funding from the JUF Annual Campaign and nearly 25% of JUF allocations are dedicated to Jewish education and continued learning. Search the JUF Directory of Services to learn about educational opportunities in the Chicagoland area.

JUF Dollars Fund Education:

  • JUF supports day schools with annual allocations and special grants, and by loaning or guaranteeing multi-million dollar loans.
  • By establishing day school endowments and contributing to a community-wide supplemental fund, JUF works to reduce day school tuition.
  • Above and beyond our annual allocations, JUF raises money for bricks, mortar and special programs for day schools.
  • JUF provides scholarships and special grants for all types of educational initiatives.
  • In order to expand educational programming in congregations, JUF augments synagogue resources.
  • Working in partnership with congregations and families, JUF orchestrates financial incentive and scholarship programs to enable parents to send their children to summer camps and Israel Experience programs.

Education In Israel


JUF funds Jerusalem's Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where students with diverse backgrounds immerse themselves in the study of classical Jewish texts. Students participate in either short- or long-term educational programs that deepen their personal connection to our Jewish heritage and to Israel.

Get a taste of learning at Pardes with Torah On the Go Podcasts and weekly insights from Modern Wisdom of the Talmud.

Shalom Hartman Institute

JUF supports the Shalom Hartman Institute research and leadership training institute, which is committed to revitalizing Judaism and strengthening Jewish identity by providing scholars, rabbis, educators and leaders of all denominations with tools to address the central challenges facing Judaism today.

Religious Streams

JUF provides significant funds to Progressive, Masorti, Modern Orthodox and Transdenominational outreach programs that help foster different approaches to strengthening Jewish Identity.