JUF Young Leadership Division Big Event Fundraiser with James Corden JUF Young Leadership Division Big Event Fundraiser with James Corden

Event Info

Help YLD kickoff the 2019 JUF Annual Campaign to build a stronger Jewish community in Chicago, Israel, and around the world. In honor of the 11th Anniversary, YLD'S BIG EVENT FUNDRAISER is expected to be bigger than ever with over 2,000 young adults in attendance. This is one BIG night with even BIGGER talent you won't want to miss.

The Event

The Event

Settle in for stand-up comedy and a conversation with James Corden at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. Get inspired to make your contribution to our Jewish community. Doors open at 8:15 PM. Program will begin promptly at 9:00 PM.



Keep the party going! A live band with dancing, late night food, and open bar kicks off for two hours immediately following the program at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel.

General Info

General Info

YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser is an adult only event (21+, Please bring photo ID). Dietary laws are observed. Cocktail attire. Not sure what to expect? Check out photos from last year’s event.

After-After Party

Keep the BIG night going at the official After-After Party at our sponsor, Joy District! Receive complimentary admission to the first and second level anytime from 11:30pm until 1:00am with your Big Event wristband on.

Your Big JUF Impact

JUF’s Young Leadership Division is committed to building a better Jewish community in Chicago, Israel, and around the world. Dollars raised for the 2019 JUF Annual Campaign at YLD's Big Event Fundraiser are allocated to a network of nearly 70 agencies and programs that care for 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and two million Jews around the world.

So what does that all mean? How can you make an impact?

Your attendance at YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser signifies your commitment to pledge at least $25 to the 2019 JUF Annual Campaign. If you are a first-time donor, your $25 pledge is included in your ticket price.

If you are already a donor, you will be asked to match or increase your previous JUF gift, and $25 of your ticket price will go towards payment of your 2019 pledge.

The fair market value of this event is $85, which is not tax-deductible. Your ticket includes a $25 pledge payment, which is tax-deductible.

Your Dollars at Work


...provides a scholarship to send a young Jewish adult on a long-term Israel Experience


...funds an interfaith social justice project and relationship-building project on campus


...helps an adult with mental health needs gain skills necessary for employment


...supplies two months of food and toiletries for a person in need


...funds a gift card for a survivor of domestic violence to buy groceries or other necessities


...brings a holiday food package to a Chicagoan in need


...funds a meal and a 7-day CTA pass for a working poor individual in need

Ben-Gurion Society

The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is a national donor recognition society for young adults, ages 25-45, who make a contribution of $1,000 or more to the Jewish United Fund’s Annual Campaign. Here in Chicago, there are over 700 Ben-Gurion Society members accounting for almost $3 million of JUF’s Annual Campaign.

Be on the lookout for the special ways we recognize the generosity of BGS donors at YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser! More information to come.



A BGS After-Party for members of the Ben-Gurion Society will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel immediately after the program and includes a premium open bar, signature cocktails, food, in-room entertainment and special BGS swag for you and your plus one!

This BGS After-Party is for YLD donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the JUF Annual Campaign.

Host a Table

Want to sit with your friends? Host a table!

Become a table host to secure group seating with your friends! As a table host, you will be asked to fill a table of 12 (including yourself) by having your friends register online. To become a table host, please contact YLD@juf.org. All other seating will be general admission. Hosting a table is the perfect way to get friends, family, co-workers and more to YLD’s biggest event of the year.


JUF Young Leadership Division Board of Directors

Mike Schwartz, President

Nathan Redisch, Executive Vice President

Joanna Greenberg, Vice President

Ali Karmin, Vice President

Rebecca Hoffman, Vice President

Elizabeth Kramer, Vice President

Alex Entratter, 2019 Campaign Chair

Melanie Beatus, 2019 Campaign Vice Chair

Courtney Cohen, 2018 Campaign Chair

Stephanie Newmark, 2018 Campaign Vice Chair

Lisa Tarshis, Ex-Officio

Lisa Gelles, 2018-2019 Ben-Gurion Society Chair

Sam Berry

Ben Blumenthal

Jimmy Casen

Jeremy Elkins

Zach Fertig

Carla Friedman

Nicole Friedman

Ben Ginsburg

Andrea Graham

Jeremy Greenberg

Jamie Greenebaum

Jennifer Hess

Marc Karlinsky

Katie Keidan

Randi Karlinsky

Sarah Kozin

Nathan Lipsky

Rebecca Neubauer

Byron Regester

Ari Rokni

Daniel Rosenstein

Elaine Ross

Jason Ross

Adam Sturt

Esther Sussman

Michael Waitz

Gleb Zarkh

Jason Zenner



YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser is an amazing sponsorship opportunity for any company or organization to get in front of 2,000+ philanthropically-minded young adults. If you would like to learn about our sponsorship packages, contact Elyse Saretsky at YLD@juf.org.


The Sheraton Chicago Hotel is located at 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago.

Paid Parking is available, as well as valet service. Parking fee: $30 for the event and $58 for overnight.

Enter the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and follow the signage to the East side of the lobby floor, where you will find event security and check in. We’ll have people and signs posted to direct you.

Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted rate of $119.

Save $5 off your Lyft ride when you use the BIGEVENT19 promo code*, sponsored by the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics.

The Sarnoff Center is a community resource for education, access to expertise and an affordable, accessible carrier screening program for Jewish and interfaith couples. Learn more at JewishGenetics.org.

*Valid for the first 500 users only for rides to/from the Sheraton Chicago Hotel between Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 1:30 a.m. One redemption per person.

Thanks to our sponsor, DineAmic Group, YLD's Big Event Fundraiser ticketholders are invited to meet at Barrio (65 W Kinzie) for drinks, apps, and/or dinner before they head over to the Sheraton for the main event. Parties will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis or are able to make reservations by emailing events@barriochicago.com. Guests will receive a complimentary appetizer on Barrio with proof Big Event Fundraiser tickets + purchase of a cocktail or menu item (limit 1 per table).


We're sorry, online registration for this event is now closed.

However, for further ticket availability, please contact the YLD office at (312)-357-4880. Thank you!