JUF Young Families

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

jBaby Chicago *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4907
Email: jbabychicago@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/jbabychicago

Welcoming the newest and cutest members of Chicago's Jewish community with baby and tot classes, playgroups and special jBaby swag! jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families of newborns and tots (0-24 months) make connections, build friendships, and engage in Jewish life in Chicago. Sign up now for jBaby Chicago to claim your swag and get connected.

JUF Early Childhood Collaborative *

30 S. Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-673-3265
Email: annahartman@juf.org
Contact: Anna Hartman

The Early Childhood Collaborative is a network of educators and community members working together to maximize the number of families who have access to and enroll in high-quality Jewish early childhood programs in greater Chicago. This includes consulting and professional development.

 

JUF Right Start *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5132
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-357-4851
Email: rightstart@juf.org
Web: www.juf.org/rightstart

JUF Right Start, the first program of its kind, was created to increase awareness and access to Jewish early childhood programs for Chicago-area families. JUF Right Start provides a financial voucher for families enrolling their children in a Jewish infant, toddler or preschool program for the first time.

PJ Library Chicago *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4831
Email: pjlibrary@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/pjlibrary
Contact: Rachel Rapoport

PJ Library sends high-quality, age appropriate Jewish books to families each month with absolutely no strings attached. We hope you incorporate these timeless stories of Jewish traditions, values and heritage into your family's life - and we are here to help! Beyond the books, PJ Library in Chicago offers holiday events, family meet-ups, opportunities for volunteering and many more ways to connect with the values in the stories and the people in our community.

 

Russian Book Buddies *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 673-2351
Email: rjd@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/rjd/young_families.aspx
Contact: Genia Kovelman

Features Jewish-themed arts and crafts and a story time. Designed for Russian-speaking young families with children ages 0–5 and is held in the Russian language. Russian Book Buddies is an initiative of the Russian Jewish Division of JUF in partnership with JUF’s Young Families and PJ Library Chicago.

What's New in the Guide

Jewish Enrichment Center

The Jewish Enrichment Center is a laboratory school that raises a child's voice in Jewish learning. Since 2011, we've run an independent Sunday and afterschool in Hyde Park, Chicago, where children are co-creators of Judaism. The Jewish Enrichment Center is recognized nationally as an exceptional model of deep, personalized Jewish children's learning. At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children ask questions, generate ideas, and bring Jewish texts to life for themselves. Using art and drama and clay, children dialogue with peers and with our ancient tradition, simultaneously growing their Jewish literacy as well as skills for critical and creative thinking and compassionate listening. Our environment teaches children to pursue dignity for all humanity. Now open for infant/toddlers through middle school.

Sharsheret

Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Bais Chaim Dovid

Orthodox Shul in Lincolnwood