Teenage Rebellion

Toby Klein

by Toby Klein for JUF News

"So who exactly is going to take you seriously," a neighbor laughs. "Don't underestimate us," I warned. "You'll soon see we're more than Jewish summer camp rejects..." Read More »

Making Mitzvot part of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah Guide

See TOV's Guide to Making Mitzvot Part of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Israel Experience

Israel Experience

Redeem your Jewish Federation Israel Experience Funds 
(including SKIP, Gift of Israel, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Certificates and Walk with Israel Vouchers)

Camp and Summer Fun


Israel Experience

One of the most important aspects of Jewish identity is the connection to the people and the State of Israel. An Israel Experience program is an encounter of the realities and dreams that shape the Jewish experience. Participants have the opportunity to experience the land, people, history and a rich culture.  Nothing makes Jewish identity and history come alive for young people like an Israel Experience Program. Start exploring opportunities with these sites and you'll be on your way to the experience of a lifetime! Learn More »

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Day Camps

Each day at a Jewish day camp your child will have unimaginable fun exploring sports, nature and cultural arts while expanding their interests, making lifelong friendships and developing greater independence. Learn More »

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Overnight Camps

Summers at overnight camps are packed with a wide range of fun activities, through which campers are encouraged to discover new skills and interests they never knew they had. Jewish camp weaves Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Each camp designs its own program to be accessible and enjoyable for all campers. The impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that will last them a lifetime! Learn More »

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One Happy Camper

The One Happy Camper program offers incentive grants to first-year Jewish overnight campers. Learn More »


Domestic Travel Programs

Summer is the perfect time to travel around the country and have fun while being Jewish! Check out the exciting variety of domestic travel programs, all with a different focus but all all ways to have fun, do good and expereince the U.S. with other Jewish kids! Learn More »

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JUF/JF Scholarships

We know that sending your child to a Jewish overnight camp or on an Israel Expereince program can be very costly. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago offers a variety of ways to help with these costs, through the Jewish Residential Financial Need-Based Camp Scholarships and the Camp Coupon program, as well as the financial need-based and merit-based Israel Experience scholarships, Jewish Federation wants to help you make these opportunites a reality. Learn More »