JUF is the largest per capita funder of core activity in Israel by the North American Federation system, and the second largest in overall dollars (more than $28 million for Israel, Overseas and Jewish Peoplehood in 2012-13).  Core funding primarily supports the work of Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

JAFI

JAFI

JAFI seeks to inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage and Land, empowering them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel while strengthening the fabric of Jewish communities around the world.  It pursues this through Israel experience programs, aliyah, absorption, engaging young Jews in social activism, reconnecting Jews from the Former Soviet Union, rescuing Jews in distress and responding to crises in Israel and the Jewish world. Read more »

JDC  

JDC

JDC Israel represents North America's Jewish Federations in helping Israeli society enhance its own capacity to meet the needs of its weakest and least fortunate members.  Service priorities include children and youth at risk, the elderly, vulnerable immigrant groups, poverty-to-independence, civil society and service effectiveness. Read more »

The Israel Office works in close collaboration with JAFI and the JDC to represent JUF’s priorities in Israel, and to foster mutually beneficial engagement between leaders, professionals and others engaged in projects under JAFI and JDC auspices on either side of the ocean.

Other Areas of Activities

Partnership Together

Partnership Together

JAFI's Partnership Together (P2G, formerly Partnership 2000) is a platform for partnering Jewish communities with regions in Israel, primarily in the periphery. It connects some 550 communities around the world in 45 partnerships, building living bridges among them. Chicago’s partner region for the past 17 years encompasses Kiryat Gat and rural communities in two adjacent regional councils, Lachish and Shafir, all in the northern Negev. Read more »

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Pluralism

The Jewish United Fund (JUF) allocates funding to programs run by the major Jewish streams in Israel, supporting projects of the Progressive (Reform), Masorti (Conservative) and Modern Orthodox movements, as well as inter- and non-denominational projects. Read more »

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Community leaders fund additional organizations, institutions and programs in Israel, over and above their annual contributions to JUF. The Israel Office provides a range of assistance, for example: helping donors identify reputable organizations operating in areas they wish to support; making donors aware of potential beneficiaries with a reputation for high quality, effective work on behalf of Israeli society; representing donors to recipient organizations and programs; overseeing faithful and proper implementation of grants; and reporting.