YLD is proud to offer a wide selection of social, educational and philanthropic programs. We have bar nights and happy hours at the hottest new venues in town, Shabbat gatherings for people of all religious affiliations, lectures on current event topics, networking events, volunteer opportunities, the Big Event (our premiere fundraiser) and co-ed softball during the summer.

See below for more details on YLD programming:


A unique series that attracts hundreds of young professionals each year by providing participants with innovative programming in a relaxed social setting. LEADS takes place over the course of eight sessions and offers an introductory exploration of the Jewish community and contemporary issues. LEADS groups (roughly 10-15 individuals) are formed in multiple areas of the city and participants are matched together based on age. After most sessions, all groups come together at a bar for a happy hour.

New to the Community

Are you new to Chicago or to YLD? We would like to invite you to coffee with a YLD Board member who can tell you more about the variety of programs and events we offer and connect you with other Jewish resources in the city. This is a great way to get started in the YLD community. Email to set up a meeting!

Professional Networking

The Business Professionals Network (BPN) gives participants an opportunity to network with young Jewish Chicago professionals. These events are targeted towards people who would like to get involved from a professional perspective with activities including workshops, high-level speakers on current topics and business networking.

YLD’s Couples Programming

These events are for engaged or newly married couples who, together, are beginning to create a Jewish home. Most events take place in the city of Chicago and consist of social activities, volunteer projects or group discussions. Participants also have the opportunity to learn more about YLD/JUF and how to get further involved.


Gesher is a training program in volunteer leadership and advocacy for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (“JUF”). Participants learn and discuss the inner workings of JUF/Federation agencies, allocations process and fundraising strategies; advance their leadership skills through interactive training; and explore areas of future involvement and volunteerism within JUF/Federation.

YLD Pride

YLD offers a place for LGBTQ Jews and allies in Chicago to connect. As a group of JUF and YLD, we aim to build and support a stronger, more vibrant Jewish LGBTQ young adult community in Chicagoland. Learn More

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