Hunger Impact

since 1998 tov volunteers served
195243 kosher meals
to the needy at JUF Uptown Cafe

The JUF Uptown Cafe is one of Chicago's first kosher anti-hunger program for the needy. In addition to providing hot meals in a restaurant-style setting, the JUF Uptown Cafe program brings dignity and hope to people in need. The JUF Uptown Cafe feeds Jews and non-Jews alike and is open three days a week for dinner and on Sundays for brunch.

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Bev & the late Joe Cohen z"l, Cafe pioneers and longtime volunteers.


909 West Wilson Avenue (between Hazel and Sheridan) in the Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center, Chicago. Parking information.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Uptown Cafe Volunteers serve food and converse with guests at their tables. Volunteers are encouraged to enjoy a meal with guests, as many diners are socially isolated and in need of person-to-person contact. Volunteers ages 12 and over are welcome but, if under 16, must be accompanied by an adult.

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Volunteer Schedule

Volunteers are needed to serve dinner Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and for brunch on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The Uptown Cafe is volunteer driven and depends on its volunteers to run smoothly. When volunteers do not show up it limits the number of clients the Cafe can serve. If your schedule changes and you are running late no longer available for your shift please contact TOV immediately at 312-357-4762.  Any last minute changes outside of normal business hours should be directed to the Cafe's front desk at 773-275-0866.


The shift begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. with a mandatory orientation. Please know, if you arrive after 5:45 p.m., you will be turned away. This is to ensure volunteers are clear about Cafe rules and volunteer responsibilities. 

Please note, the Cafe cannot accept walk-ins. All volunteers must be registered in advance. 

On-Call Volunteers

Join our on-call list to volunteer when we have last-minute volunteer cancellations.  By agreeing to join our on-call list, it is with the understanding that we rely on a minimum number of volunteers in order to have a meal service. Please only respond to the call if you are truly available and committed to that shift, once you have signed up.  


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