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
URL: 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: 312-357-4905
Email: rightstart@juf.org
URL: 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
URL: 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
URL: 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

The Synagogue Security Council of North America

The Synagogue Security Council of North America is a 501c3 non-profit organization singularly focused on developing effective volunteer first responders within our own communities. SSCNA's mission is to make our synagogues and Jewish institutions safer by providing lifesaving skills and technology to committed community members, helping to cultivate cost-free, capable and effective first responders within every minyan. We do this by providing standardized technology systems, real-time intelligence, training and certification programs to community volunteers, giving them the necessary tools and skills to help prevent or respond to a targeted attack.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz, C.M.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz is a certified Mohel, recognized internationally. Practicing since 2014, he has performed hundreds of circumcisions and procedures across the United States of America, England & Israel.

Rachael's Creations

Handmade, unique Judaica crafted from polymer clay, including mezuzah cases, shabbat candle stick sets, menorahs and seder plates. Pieces are adorned with a variety of elements including wire, beads, stones, mica powders and alcohol inks. Many gifts can be personalized with English or Hebrew letters.