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Volunteer in Israel

Would you like to visit Israel and spend time volunteering at a youth village?

Jewish Healthcare International regularly schedules trips to Israel to provide vision and hearing screenings for children.  These trips are typically one week in length and no medical training or skill is required.

CU Jewish community member Leanna Cossman will be participating in a JHI trip in November.  If you are interested in joining her or participating in a trip at a later date, please email for details.

Charles Bronfman Prize recipient helps post-9/11 veterans

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Eric Greitens, the founder of an organization to reintegrate post-9/11 military veterans into civilian life, is the recipient of the 2012 Charles Bronfman Prize.

The Charles Bronfman Prize awards $100,000 to a humanitarian younger than 50 whose Jewish values contribute significantly to the betterment of the world. Full story

Website will match volunteers with opportunities

Sarah Zehr had two weeks between jobs when she moved back to Champaign-Urbana several years ago, so she decided to do some volunteer work.

Her charitable intent didn't pan out. The logistics proved too daunting and the timetable too short. "I couldn't get anything set up in those two weeks," said Zehr, an assistant dean and director of career services for the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

What the community needed, she thought, was an online repository where volunteers with time on their hands could be matched up quickly with agencies that need help.

Welcome to her vision:

Working with the United Way of Champaign County and several UI units, Zehr created a site that will connect nonprofit organizations in need of volunteers with people in the community who want to help. Actually, the website already existed but focused mostly on volunteer opportunities for UI students. The revamped site, with a communitywide focus, was set to debut today. Full Story

Tikun Olam

Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept of leaving the world in a better place than you found it, or simply put, the act of doing good deeds, has come to inspire an active social action and volunteer network throughout the Jewish community.

There are organizations in the Champaign-Urbana area that need your time and your skills. CUJF wants to help connect people who want to volunteer with organizations looking for volunteers.  The first step to volunteering is finding a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

For information on volunteer opportunities, click on the links below or contact the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation.  Click Here to contact CUJF.


Volunteer opportunities within the Jewish Community

Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation

Sinai Temple




Volunteer Opportunities within the greater Champaign-Urbana community

United Way

CU Volunteer

U of I Office of Volunteer Programs

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This site is dedicated to helping volunteer organizations and residents of the Champaign-Urbana area connect. Thank you for visiting! Please note that after the initial launch on July 19th, organizations will be registering and posting opportunities on an ongoing basis.

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Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation

503 East John Street
Champaign, IL  61820
(217)  367-9872

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Cohen Center for Jewish Life/Hillel on the U of I campus

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Teen "Mitzvah" Scene

Teens, tweens and families who volunteer make the world a better place! 

Read what Mitzvot your friends are doing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects Click here