Stories and analysis about Israel and the Israeli people. 

jcrc first responders

Nearly 100 officials from more than 30 agencies, organizations, and technology companies gathered for the U.S.-Israel NextGen First Responders & HLS Technology Summit on Nov. 15, hosted by JUF.


Commanders for Israel's Security Nimrod Novik and Rolly Gueron spoke about the two-state solution, Iran, and the prospective unified Palestinian government at Jewish Community Relations Council meeting.


Gov. Bruce Rauner led a delegation of 11 University of Illinois administrators and senior state officials to Israel on Oct. 29.


Nineteen Jewish and non-Jewish student leaders from 15 Midwest campuses will work remotely as IEC interns on their campuses during the 2017-2018 academic year.

ISR. startup

If you were a young, smart, tech-savvy Israeli with an entrepreneurial spirit, where in the United States would you seek to build your network of potential backers for your product? 

new jafi

A unique Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) program, in partnership with JUF, engages three hundred twenty children between the ages of 6 and 16 in a variety of activities at day camp, ranging from nature hikes to amusement parks.

Emanuel and Crown Star

The visit had two goals: To build on Chicago's status as a leader in finding solutions for water issues in Israel, the Middle East and the world; and to create new business relationships – and strengthen longstanding ones – among Chicagoans and Israelis.

YLD Israel Mission 2017

Upon their return home from the recent JUF Young Leadership Division (YLD) Summer Mission to Israel, friends Ben Halbig, YLD Board Member and Vice President, and Emily Schwimmer, reflected on their visit.

 Issac Ashkenazi, a renowned international expert on disaster management and community resilience, led a JCRC security briefing on preparing for and responding to urban mass casualty incidents. 

diller israel 2017

Chicago-area Diller Teen Fellows returned home July 24 after a three-week seminar in Israel designed to foster leadership development, Jewish identity-building, social action opportunities, and a deeper connection to Israel. 

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