Our Mission Statement
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.
2017-2018 YLD Pride Committee
YLD Pride Committee Chair
About YLD Pride
Since 2012, JUF through YLD has made a concerted effort to create more outreach and programming geared towards LGBTQ Jews. In the fall of 2013 a planning committee gathered to determine a course of action and help build a more welcoming Jewish Community. The inaugural event was held in March of 2014 with nearly 100 people attending the now annual YLD Pride Happy Hour. YLD Pride aims to serve the Chicago Jewish LGBTQ community by offering various social and volunteer opportunities that will enhance the Jewish LGBTQ community’s needs. YLD Pride has been tasked with a goal of shaping programming with inclusivity in mind and for LGBTQ Jews to feel more comfortable attending YLD and JUF events. Since its inception, YLD Pride has engaged over 600 LGBTQ Jews and their allies.
YLD Pride on Facebook
JUF LGBTQ Mission to Israel: May 31 – June 7, 2018
Join members of the Chicago LGBTQ community for an unforgettable trip to Israel through a uniquely LGBTQ lens. Spend 8 days and 7 nights throughout Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with the option to extend for Tel Aviv Pride. Be inspired by JUF’s partner regions, Kiryat Gat and Lachish & Shafir, relax in the comforts of leading Israeli hotels, and experience Israeli culture and cuisine. Meet with Israel’s top LGBTQ advocates, leaders and innovators and learn what is being done to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community in Israel.
For cost and travel information, contact Tori Weinstein at ToriWeinstein@juf.org or 312-357-4543.
This Facebook group is meant to be a place to meet, learn about upcoming events, share festivities, and celebrate our pride together!
Past Event Archive
Check out our archive of past events!
- YLD Pride’s Fall Kickoff
On Monday, October 16, YLD Pride kicked off 5778 with our first event of the year, a casual gathering at The North End to hang with friends and learn more about YLD Pride. See event photos here
- YLD Pride’s Pre-Pride Parade Bagel Brunch
On Sunday, June 25, 2017 LGBTQ Jews and their allies joined together at a committee member’s home for this free event of brunch, including Bagels, schmear and OJ, before heading out to watch the Chicago Pride Parade together. We had over 65 friends in attendance! See event photos here
- YLD Pride's Women's Wine and Cheese Night
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM at Silverstein Base Hillel, YLD Pride women joined together for a night of wine, cheese, and conversation with lesbians, bisexuals, queers, and trans. See event photos here
- YLD Pride’s Annual Happy Hour
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6-8 PM, YLD Pride hosted their 4th Annual Happy Hour at DS Tequila Company with over 120+ people in attendance. See event photos here
- YLD Pride LEADS
JUF YLD’s LEADS 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. YLD Pride has been holding LGBTQ LEADS groups since Fall 2014, and have now hosted 6 cohorts with over 100 people participating. Our next YLD Pride LEADS session will be held Spring 2018 . For information about registering for the next YLD Pride LEADS group, please contact YLD at YLD@juf.org.
- YLD Pride’s Shabbat Dinner
For the past two years, YLD Pride has held two mega Shabbat Dinners for the Jewish LGBTQ community. Our latest Shabbat Dinner held at Silverstein Base Hillel in January of 2017, had a sold-out crowd of over 45 people.
- YLD's Big Event Fundraiser
YLD Pride has organized several YLD Pride tables at the marquee YLD event of the year, YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser. If you are interested in learning more about sitting at a YLD Pride table for YLD’s 10th annual Big Event Fundraiser, please contact YLD at YLD@juf.org. See event photo here.