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: Daniel Goldwin, Executive Director

JCRC is the umbrella body for more than 40 major Jewish organizations in the Chicago area, and the community relations arm of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The JCRC works on issues of concern to the Jewish community, including Israel, international affairs, interfaith and intergroup relations, anti-Semitism, anti-Israel activity, community violence reduction and immigration.

Jewish Federation Government Affairs Program (Chicago) *

Jewish Federation
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

The Government Affairs Department builds relationships at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government in order to promote the public policy agenda of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and its network of affiliates. Through coalition-building with other health and human service organizations, and with the involvement of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, our professionals monitor and lobby on behalf of issues involving healthcare and human service programs, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, Israel, and other issues important to the Jewish community. Our offices in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington, D.C. actively ensure that the Jewish community is part of the policy-making process with our national, state and local governments.

Jewish Federation Government Affairs Program (Springfield) *

Jewish Federation
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

The Government Affairs Department builds relationships at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government in order to promote the public policy agenda of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and its network of affiliates. Through coalition-building with other health and human service organizations, and with the involvement of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, our professionals monitor and lobby on behalf of issues involving healthcare and human service programs, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, Israel, and other issues important to the Jewish community. Our offices in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington, D.C. actively ensure that the Jewish community is part of the policy-making process with our national, state and local governments.

Jewish Federation Government Affairs Program (Washington) *

Jewish Federation
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

The Government Affairs Department builds relationships at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government in order to promote the public policy agenda of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and its network of affiliates. Through coalition-building with other health and human service organizations, and with the involvement of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, our professionals monitor and lobby on behalf of issues involving healthcare and human service programs, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, Israel, and other issues important to the Jewish community. Our offices in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington, D.C. actively ensure that the Jewish community is part of the policy-making process with our national, state and local governments.

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JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center offers early childhood education programs for children age 15 months through 5 years. JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum. In each classroom, children freely choose from different learning centers throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop their social and problem-solving skills. Group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities, and games add structure to each day.

Dr. Chaim Cember Shaarei Chinuch Day School

At Shaarei Chinuch, we integrate Judaism with the Montessori method, to give each child a comprehensive hands-on learning experience catered to his/her unique talents. Our mission is to help each of our students to reach their full potential, while instilling an excitement for learning that lasts a lifetime. 

Illinois Center for Jewish Studies

The mission of the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies (ICJS) is to provide every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or religious observance, the opportunity to be inspired by and connected to Torah and Judaism. We believe that people learn and develop differently, and that Torah study should be unique to every person's individual journey. ICJS seeks to provide a personalized learning experience to nurture mind and soul in both individual and group settings. The Illinois Center for Jewish Studies hosts weekly educational classes for men and women in bible studies, Jewish philosophy, and special topics. The organization also provides individual one-on-one learning sessions for men to advance their bible knowledge and ability to improve personally. In addition to formal group/individual classes, the organization has seasonal social gatherings in an effort to promote Jewish education, as well as an annual benefit dinner to raise funds for its operations.

 

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