Our Mission Statement
YLD Pride offers a place for LGBTQIA+ Jews in Chicago to connect. As a group of JUF and YLD, we aim to build and support a stronger, more vibrant Jewish LGBTQIA+ young adult community in Chicagoland. Learn More.
About YLD Pride
Since 2012, JUF through YLD has made a concerted effort to create more outreach and programming geared towards LGBTQIA+ Jews. In the fall of 2013 planning committee gathered to determine a course of action and help build a more welcoming Jewish Community. The inaugural event was held in March of 2014 with nearly 100 people attending the now annual YLD Pride Happy Hour. YLD Pride aims to serve the Chicago Jewish LGBTQIA+ community by offering various social and volunteer opportunities that will enhance the Jewish LGBTQIA+ community’s needs. YLD Pride has been tasked with a goal of shaping programming with inclusivity in mind and for LGBTQIA+ Jews to feel more comfortable attending YLD and JUF events. Since its inception, YLD Pride has engaged over 600 LGBTQIA+ Jews and their allies.
For more information on YLD Pride programming, please contact Lauren Silverman, Senior Young Adult Engagement Associate, Young Leadership Division, at LaurenSilverman@juf.org or 312-357-4612.
2019-2020 YLD PRIDE COMMITTEE
This committee is made up of LGBTQIA+ Jews to connect, lead, and help plan events for the Jewish LGBTQIA+ community.
Michael Brown & Adrienne Kaplan
YLD Pride Committee Co-Chairs
Julie Ann Orenstein
YLD Pride Events
JUF at the Chicago Pride Parade
For the past two years, JUF has marched in the Pride Parade alongside ADL, BBYO, USY, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Both summers, there were 100 participants representing Chicago's Jewish community!