YLD Pride

Our Mission Statement

YLD Pride offers a place for LGBTQIA+ Jews in Chicago to connect. As a group of JUF and YLD, we aim to build and support a stronger, more vibrant Jewish LGBTQIA+ young adult community in Chicagoland. Learn More.

About YLD Pride

Since 2012, JUF through YLD has made a concerted effort to create more outreach and programming geared towards LGBTQIA+ Jews. In the fall of 2013  planning committee gathered to determine a course of action and help build a more welcoming Jewish Community. The inaugural event was held in March of 2014 with nearly 100 people attending the now annual YLD Pride Happy Hour. YLD Pride aims to serve the Chicago Jewish LGBTQIA+ community by offering various social and volunteer opportunities that will enhance the Jewish LGBTQIA+ community’s needs. YLD Pride has been tasked with a goal of shaping programming with inclusivity in mind and for LGBTQIA+ Jews to feel more comfortable attending YLD and JUF events. Since its inception, YLD Pride has engaged over 600 LGBTQIA+ Jews and their allies.

For more information on YLD Pride programming, please contact Lauren Silverman, Senior Young Adult Engagement Associate, Young Leadership Division, at LaurenSilverman@juf.org or 312-357-4612.

This committee is made up of LGBTQIA+ Jews to connect, lead, and help plan events for the Jewish LGBTQIA+ community.

2019-2020 YLD Pride Committee

Michael Brown & Adrienne Kaplan
YLD Pride Committee Co-Chairs

Hannah Cohen
Ari Craven 
Alex Entratter
Eli Fox  
Adam Greitzer 
Mark Kania
Alexa Katz 
Aaron Krieger
Joseph Levie 
Julie Ann Orenstein 
Benjamin Pisik
Daniel Rosenstein 
Elaine Ross  
Andy Stein



YLD Pride Events

JUF at the Chicago Pride Parade

For the past two years, JUF has marched in the Pride Parade alongside ADL, BBYO, USY, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Both summers, there were 100 participants representing Chicago's Jewish community!

YLD Pride

YLD Pride


This Facebook group is meant to be a place to meet, learn about upcoming events, share festivities, and celebrate our pride together!

YLD Pride

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