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.
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.
For more information on YLD Pride programming, please contact Tori Weinstein, Senior Campaign Associate, Next Gen Initiatives, at ToriWeinstein@juf.org or 312-357-4543.
2017-2018 YLD Pride Committee
YLD Pride Events
YLD Pride at Chicago Pride Parade
YLD Pride marches in the Pride Parade alongside ADL, BBYO, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. There were 100 community members representing Jewish Chicago!