JUF in Israel

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

JUF's Israel Scholarships *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-444-2895, 312-357-4798
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/israel_experience

Financial need-based (through age 28) and merit-based (through age 23) scholarships for high school and college students and young adults for approved Israel Experience programs of work, study, and travel. Spring and Fall deadlines each year.

Gift of Israel *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895, (312) 357-4798
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: www.juf.org/Israel_experience/gift.aspx

Monetary gifts from family and friends can be saved toward a high school or college Israel Experience program; participants can receive a gift of $180 from Federation toward their Israel experience.

Jewish United Fund Missions *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4929
Fax: 312-357-4692
Email: missions@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/missions
Contact: Samantha Wolf

Offers special missions to Israel and other worldwide destinations. Participants experience intensive five- to 10-day adventures in Jewish history, culture and everyday life, and see first hand what has been accomplished by the Jewish people.

JUF's Israel Experience Program *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience
Contact: Jody Horowitz

Bring Jewish identity and history to life with a trip to Israel! High school students, college students, and young adults are eligible for dozens of Israel Experience Programs arranged by age group, personal interest and duration of travel. Each trip offers the opportunity to make new friends, connect to the Jewish homeland and visit historical and holy sites. Choose from 10-day trips, summer adventures, and semester- or year-long study programs. JUF also offers various Israel Experience savings and incentive programs as well as financial need-based and merit-based scholarships toward approved Israel Experience programs.

JUF's Israel Office *

Jewish United Fund
P.O. Box 7171
Jerusalem, Israel 91071
Email: ofer@juf.org.il
Contact: Ofer Bavly, Director General of the Israel Office; Richard Juran, Deputy Director General

Represents the Jewish United Fund in Israel. Works with lay leaders and staff on missions, visits of influentials, Partnership Together and many other issues which arise as part of our relationship through our allocations to the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and our community's connections in and allocations to Israel.

JUF's Kefiada *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-357-4737
Fax: 312-444-2086
Email: Kefiada@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/kefiada
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

JUF's English-immersion, American style day camp in Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir, Israel. Kefiada campers are 4th-6th graders and the counselors are college students from Chicago or go to school in Illinois. Kefiada serves as a bridge over the summer for Israeli students to retain the English that they have learned during the school year and expand on it. This is a great way for college students to get back to Israel, really become a part of Israeli life and help Israelis in a meaningful way. There is no program cost, plus free room and board and $1,200 flight stipends for all counselors. The camp runs from late June to late July. Summer 2019 dates are June 20-July22.

JUF's Partnership Together *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

A program of the Jewish United Fund that links Jews in Chicago with its partnered region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Promotes projects that enhance development, improve the quality of life and connect with Chicago Jewry through "People to People" programs.

Send-A-Kid-To-Israel Partnership (SKIP) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience/skip.aspx

Unites families, congregations, and the JUF in a special savings incentive program, stressing the importance of an approved Israel Experience program for every high school or college student; students in grades 3-6 enroll through participating congregations.

Ta’am Yisrael: A Taste of Israel - Eighth Grade Israel Experience *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-673-3485
Email: taamyisrael@cfje.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/cfje
Contact: Jennifer George, Ta’am Yisrael Program Manager

A yearly Israel experience sponsored by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. The trip is for eighth grade students from around Chicagoland, highlighted by visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, the Dead Sea, and more. A special track day includes immersive experiences in politics, high-tech, sports, environment, fine arts, and culinary arts. Pre-trip preparation, engagement with Israeli peers while in Israel, and post-trip follow up are all part of the experience.

Volunteer Opportunities in JUF's Partnership Together Program *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

Volunteer in JUF's Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Volunteer pays transportation and misc. expenses; lodging, at no cost. No Hebrew necessary.

What's New in the Guide

TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS

• Early childhood education 

• Internship program for social work and psychology

• Pharmacy Technician Training 

• Janitorial Training program

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

• Recovery from addiction and substance abuse prevention 

• Adoption and infertility 

• Support during illness, grief and loss

• Domestic violence 

• Sexual abuse prevention 

• Connections to counseling, education and prevention services through synagogue partnerships 

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

• Community-based group living 

• Support and assistance for independent living 

• Home-based waiver for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities 

• Specialized recreational camp for children and teens atCamp Firefly

• Job training and customized employment opportunities 

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