CU Jewish Weekly Announcements
Friday, January 8, 2021
Candlelighting 1/8 at 4:27 pm • Shabbat ends 1/2 at 5:30 pm
Jewish summer camps are making plans to open this summer!

Jewish summer camp is a wonderful social and educational opportunity for our Champaign-Urbana students.
Why send your child to overnight summer camp?
Camp is fun and educational! There are many activities like arts and crafts, sports, music, outdoor adventure, hiking, and more! Campers learn new skills and gain new interests.
Jewish summer camp helps campers to strengthen their own Jewish identity and helps them to feel part of the larger Jewish community. Campers make friendships that can last a lifetime. This connection to their Jewish identity not only benefits the campers and their families, but is important to the community at large. A child with a memorable Jewish camp experience is more likely to grow into an adult who values their Jewish heritage, supports Jewish causes, and takes on leadership roles in their communities.
There are a variety of Jewish summer camps that serve different denominations of Judaism, or accommodate special needs and interests. Contact your child's Jewish educator for information about camps of interest. You can also contact CUJF for more information.
Champaign-Urbana students from elementary to high school age can apply for financial assistance to help pay for Jewish overnight camp. Because our C-U Jewish community sees the value in summer camp, CUJF, Sinai Temple and Champaign Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation provide camp scholarships. CUJF and Sinai Temple work together to to coordinate camp scholarship funds for students and to maximize the number of children served.
All first-time campers, regardless of need, are eligible for a one-time subsidy of $350 for overnight camp or $50 for day camp. Need-based scholarships are also available to pay a portion of camp expenses.
To be eligible for CUJF funds, a child must have at least one parent who is a resident of the greater CU Jewish community (includes Champaign, Danville, Mahomet, Monticello, Mattoon-Charleston, Rantoul, Savoy, Urbana, etc.). Eligibility for CU Jewish Endowment Foundation and Sinai Temple scholarships varies. Overnight camps must be fully accredited.
You can download an application form from the CUJF website.

Applications are due January 22, 2021.

You can mail or email the application to: CU Jewish Federation, Camp Scholarships, 503 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820 

Contact CUJF Director Linda Bauer at or call 217-367-9872 for more information.
NOTE: Scholarships for summer camp are also available to college students at the University of Illinois through the CUJEF Josh Gottheil Fund.
Also, students in elementary through high school in Champaign-Urbana who are going to camp in Israel or travel to Israel with an accredited program can request support from the Josh Gottheil fund. For information on how to apply, contact CUJF Director Linda Bauer,
Concert Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Saturday, January 16
On Saturday evening, January 16, at 7 PM Central, Sinai Temple will join with several other congregations throughout North America to offer a live-streamed concert with the musical group The Afro-Semitic Experience. The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band of African-American and Jewish-American musicians who are dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African Diaspora. The January 16 concert will honor and celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The group is planning a thoughtfully curated program that includes music from the Civil Rights era, Dr. King's favorite gospel songs and original songs centered around the themes of peace, unity and community.

A Q&A session with the band will follow the concert.

While the concert is free, pre-registration is required by clicking here in order to receive the Zoom link.  Please note: to maximize Zoom capacity among all participating congregations, we are asking that each household use only one device to access the concert.

The Legacy of Chicago’s Jewish Architects Their Contribution to Chicago’s Urban Landscape

Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 pm via Zoom 
Presented by Julia S. Bachrach, Architectural Historian, Preservationist, and Urban Planner
Birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago played an important role in the development of architectural Modernism between the 1890s and 1970s. This great legacy includes the contributions of many Jewish architects, some now famous, and others who have been overlooked. 

Join award winning author, historian, preservationist and urban planner, Julia S. Bachrach to explore the enduring contributions of Chicago’s Jewish Architects. 

Please RSVP by Friday, January 8 to 217-787-7223, ext.18 or to receive the Zoom link for this Program.
Social Justice Film Series

The films stream in groups of 3 over the following days:
January 17-19 & January 24-February 6

This January, the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is back with our second virtual Social Justice Film Series. Our kickoff to 2021 is comprised of six highly compelling films, most with pre-recorded Q&As available following the film to view at your leisure. This series focuses on antisemitism, human rights, the Holocaust, and issues impacting people who are differently abled to explore, educate, inform and ignite important conversation.
Free Chair Yoga Class

RESTORE: Chair Yoga and Mindfulness with Robin
Robin Goettel's four free chair yoga and mindfulness sessions are now available for viewing from the Urbana Free Library website. They can be viewed on demand-scroll to the videos titled Restore: Chair yoga and mindfulness with Robin Goettel 
Robin is a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga instructor and has practiced and studied a variety of styles of yoga for 40 years. She also participated in the UI Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course. She has a passion for promoting health and wellness and teaches chair yoga throughout the CU area.
You are invited to the upcoming exercise program hosted by CJE SeniorLife

Otago® is a once-a-week online exercise program designed for those age 60 and older that meets for 8-weeks!
The overall goals of the program are:
  • to help you improve and/or maintain your mobility and independence
  • reduce the chance of falling
  • socialize with other people interested in doing the same
Starting on January 4th, classes will be offered online via Zoom or telephone on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can choose to attend 1, 2, or all 3 days! Each class will meet from 2:00-2:30pm. 

If you have any questions call at 312-547-1896 or email
Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation seeks to represent a variety of views and opinions on subjects of interest to the extremely diverse and well-educated community of which it is a part. The events announced and the views presented do not necessarily represent the opinion of CUJF, its officers, board, or members of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish community.

Your support helps us continue our mission to serve the Jewish Community! Please send donations and land mail to CUJF's mailing address: Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, 503 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820.

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. . . and remember - together we do extraordinary things!