JUF in Israel

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Chicago Community Israel Program Scholarships *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895, (312) 444-2904
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/israel_experience

Financial need-based (through age 28) and merit-based (through age 23) scholarships for high school and college students and young adults for approved Israel Experience programs of work, study, and travel. Spring and Fall deadlines each year.

Gift of Israel *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895, (312) 444-2904
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: www.juf.org/Israel_experience/gift.aspx

Monetary gifts from family and friends can be saved toward a high school or college Israel Experience program; participants can receive a gift of $180 from Federation toward their Israel experience.

Jewish United Fund Missions *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4929
Fax: (312) 553-5486
Email: missions@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/missions
Contact: Naomi Fox

Offers special missions to Israel and other worldwide destinations. Participants experience intensive five- to 10-day adventures in Jewish history, culture and everyday life, and see first hand what has been accomplished by the Jewish people.

JUF’s Israel Experience Program *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience

Bring Jewish identity and history to life with a trip to Israel! High school students, college students, and young adults are eligible for dozens of Israel Experience Programs arranged by age group, personal interest and duration of travel. Each trip offers the opportunity to make new friends, connect to the Jewish homeland and visit historical and holy sites. Choose from 10-day trips, summer adventures, and semester- or year-long study programs. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago also offers various Israel Experience savings and incentive programs as well as financial need-based and merit-based scholarships toward approved Israel Experience programs.

JUF's Israel Office *

Jewish United Fund
P.O. Box 7171
Jerusalem, Israel 91071
Email: ofer@juf.org.il
Contact: Ofer Bavly, Director General of the Israel Office; Richard Juran, Deputy Director General

Represents the Jewish United Fund in Israel. Works with lay leaders and staff on missions, visits of influentials, Partnership Together and many other issues which arise as part of our relationship through our allocations to the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and our community's connections in and allocations to Israel.

JUF's Kefiada *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-357-4737
Fax: 312-444-2086
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g/kefiada
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

English-speaking summer camp in JUF's Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir. Counselors are college students either from Chicago or who attend school in Chicago who have completed at least one year. Also a religious track, Kefiada-dati, with separate boys and girls groups. No Hebrew necessary, airfare stipends for all counselors. Counselors stay with an Israeli host family. Camp runs for four weeks. Summer 2017 dates are June 25-July 22.

JUF's Partnership Together *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

A program of the Jewish United Fund that links Jews in Chicago with its partnered region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Promotes projects that enhance development, improve the quality of life and connect with Chicago Jewry through "People to People" programs.

Send-A-Kid-To-Israel Partnership (SKIP) *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience/skip.aspx

Unites families, congregations, and the Jewish Federation in a special savings incentive program, stressing the importance of an approved Israel Experience program for every high school or college student; students in grades 3-6 enroll through participating congregations.

Ta’am Yisrael: A Taste of Israel - Eighth Grade Israel Experience *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 673-3268
Email: taamyisrael@cfje.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/cfje
Contact: Richard Moline, Director, Israel Education

A yearly Israel experience sponsored by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. The trip is for eighth grade students from around Chicagoland, highlighted by visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, the Dead Sea, and more. A special track day includes immersive experiences in politics, high-tech, sports, environment, fine arts, and culinary arts. Pre-trip preparation, engagement with Israeli peers while in Israel, and post-trip follow-up are all part of the experience.

Volunteer Opportunities in JUF's Partnership Together Program *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

Volunteer in JUF's Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Volunteer pays transportation and misc. expenses; lodging, at no cost. No Hebrew necessary.

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