Simcha Announcements

Listing Guidelines

As the publication of record for the Chicago area’s Jewish community, JUF News is pleased to publish announcements of Jewish births; bar/bat mitzvahs; and  engagements, weddings (following the ceremony), and anniversaries of Jewish couples.

Because our purpose is to list Jewish simchas, we require the name, exact title, affiliation, and contact information of the officiating Jewish clergy (rabbi or invested cantor). We will publish listings of simchas officiated by members of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Chicago Rabbinical Council, Agudat Yisrael, American Conference of Cantors, Cantors Assembly and equivalent organizations.

Listings are free! 

We encourage those submitting listings to make a charitable contribution to the Jewish United Fund. Contributions help care for Jews in need in Chicago, in Israel, and around the world.Listings in the section are free, and photos will be published on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the editors.

JUF News can consider for publication only those listings submitted online. Submissions are edited and may be rewritten for style and content. Space is limited, and listings are published on a “first come, first served” basis. We cannot guarantee publication of any particular listing.

One photo may be submitted per listing in digital format and will be published on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the editors. JUF News may crop or otherwise adjust the photo to meet publication needs and standards. Images must be in the JPEG file format and not exceed 1mb in size. Images that are smaller than 100kb should not be submitted.

Please use the following as a guide when submitting your simcha: 

Birth
(Parents’ first and last names) of (place of residence) are the proud parents of a new baby (boy/girl)! (Baby’s name) was born (date) and weighs XX pounds and is XX inches long.

OPTIONAL: Include grandparents’ names and city of residence.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
(Parents' names) are proud to announce that their (son/daughter), (name) was called to the Torah as a (bar/bat) mitzvah on (date) at (name of congregation). Rabbi (name) officiated.

OPTIONAL: Include mitzvah project and grandparents’ names and cities of residence
 
Engagement
(Parents’ names) of (place of residence) announce the engagement of their (son/daughter) (bride/groom’s name, age) to (bride/or groom’s name, age), (son/daughter) of (parents’ names) of (place of residence).

(Groom’s education and career information.)  (Bride’s education and career information.)
 
 A (month) wedding in (location) is planned and will be officiated by (name of rabbi/cantor).

OPTIONAL: Include grandparents’ names and cities of residence

Wedding
(Bride’s name) and (Groom’s name) were married (date) at the (location). (Name of officiating rabbi or cantor) from (name of congregation) performed the ceremony.

(Bride’s name, age, education and career information)

(Groom’s name, age, education and career information)

(Bride) is the daughter of (parents’ names) of (place of residence). (Groom) is the son of (parents’ names) of (place of residence). The reception was held at (location).

OPTIONAL: Include entertainment, caterer, florist, photographer, videographer, event planner, or other information about the reception.

Anniversary
(Names) of (place of residence) celebrated their XX anniversary on (date).
OPTIONAL: Include children’s names
 

Questions? Please e-mail simchas@juf.org.

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