The Jewish United Fund, Changing Lives at Home and Abroad

With a history that stretches back to the founding of the Associated Jewish Charities of Chicago in 1900, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) remains one of the most active and successful Jewish charity initiatives in the state. Through a wide range of programs designed to help those in need while strengthening its core community, JUF extends it reach far beyond the borders of Chicago. Indeed, as recent events have shown, JUF has the ability to provide meaningful assistance all over the world.

At home, JUF offers numerous services designed to provide aid to the entire Jewish community, no matter each individual’s circumstances. With a focus on education, it operates the Jewish Community Center of Chicago and provides support for day schools, theological colleges, and congregations. Meanwhile, Chicagoans who have fallen on hard times can take advantage of JUF’s services, many of which have an incredible impact. Every year, JUF helps hundreds of families by offering home support services, access to therapy and education, legal aid, and assistance with public benefit applications, as well as programs specifically designed to support such groups as Holocaust survivors.

However, JUF works far beyond Chicago and its suburbs; nearly 30 percent of the organization’s funds are used in overseas projects. Most recently, JUF sought to provide aid to those affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, raising over $130,000 in only a few weeks. Working with partners such as IsraAID and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JUF is striving to support relief efforts, all while covering administrative costs internally in order to send all donated funds to those in need.

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