Volunteer Opportunities


JUF Uptown Cafe-
February 28, March 28, May 11, 5:30- 7:30 PM. 

The Uptown Café (909 W. Wilson, Chicago) is Chicago's first Kosher anti-hunger program for the needy. Serve food and enjoy a meal with guests.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact YLD@juf.org or 312.357.4880

Professional Development and Networking Opportunities

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Trades, Industries, and Professionals Division of the Jewish United Fund (TIP)

With the largest, most diverse network of Jewish professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners in Chicago, JUF's TIP.  is the central address for your networking and philanthropic needs, and is positioned to provide access to both high level business leaders and Jewish thinkers through high quality, relevant professional programming.

The TIP young professional groups serve to connect young Jewish professionals by providing networking opportunities, industry-related educational events, and volunteer opportunities at local social service agencies. 

Divisions include:

  • Financial Services - comprised of the Accountants, Financial and Insurance & Human Resources professionals, MBA candidates.
  • Health and Medical – including the field of dentistry, health professionals, physicians and surgeons.  The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders, promotes a wide range of professional education opportunities for physicians, nurses, genetic counselors and other health care providers.
  • Lawyers - Comprised of members of the Chicago legal community including judges, in-house corporate counsel, solo practitioners, law professors, and associates and managing partners from law firms of all sizes, as well as law students.
  • Real Estate and Building Trades – Brokers, developers, lenders/bankers, management, appraisers, contractors, architects, home improvement, suppliers and manufacturers
  • Educators – teachers, educators, and administrators; Jewish educators
  • Food and Hospitality – Caterers, bakers, food stores, manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, and restaurateurs
  • Government Agencies – Elected public officials, agency employees at all levels
  • High Tech – emerging technologies, technical specialties
  • Marketing and Media – Mass communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, entertainment industry
  • Non-Profit – administrators, managers, directors, social workers
  • Wholesale, Retailers and Manufacturers – automotive, paper products, printing and graphics, metals and machinery, consumer products and services

Other Community Events

BGS Exclusive Access Call

March 1, 12 pm

As part of a slate of benefits for Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) members in 2017-2018, we are pleased to provide access to exclusive briefings on critical issues facing our communities. Hear about national trends and how JUF approaches anti-Israel sentiment, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and anti-Semitism on our local campuses.

For more information, please contact Elyse Saretsky, elysesaretsky@juf.org, 312-357-4981.

YLD Couples Ice Skate

March 2, 7 pm
Maggie Daley Park, Chicago

Looking to meet other young couples from around the city for a fun social event? Join YLD for our ice skating outing at Maggie Daley Park (337 E Randolph St.) on March 2nd at 7PM. Come meet new friends for an hour of ice skating followed by schmoozing at the Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association (12 S Michigan Ave.). 

For more information, please contact Hanna Holman, HannaHolman@juf.org, 312-357-4814

YLD Summer Mission to Israel Happy Hour

March 14, 5:30 pm

Interested in traveling to Israel with other young professionals? Join YLD at Hubbard Inn to meet and mingle with other travelers and learn more about YLD’s Summer Mission to Israel.

For more information, please contact Elyse Saretsky, elysesaretsky@juf.org, 312-357-4981.

Spring Leads 2017

Starting March 22 at 6 pm
Various Locations

The Spring LEADS 2017 program is a great way to meet new people in Chicago and offers an introductory exploration of the Jewish community in a fun, relaxed social setting. The program dates are March 22, March 28, April 3, April 20, April 25, May 5, May 10, and May 16. Groups will be separated by age and take place in several areas of the city. LEADS participants will join together at a bar event following most sessions. There will be an LGBTQ group. If you are interested in participating in the LGBTQ group, please check the box indicated below.

For more information, please contact Carol Guzman, CarolGuzman@juf.org, 312-444-2847