JUF/JF seeks to advocate for Chicago’s Jewish community, provide it with a unifying voice, and ensure that its members have access to basic necessities. The nonprofit takes special care to ensure the well-being of children, the elderly community, individuals with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations. To fulfill this goal, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago provides funding to nearly 70 community service initiatives and organizations, including those focused on community building, promoting Jewish education, and preserving tradition and culture. JUF/JF is particularly committed to engaging young members of the Jewish community and passing on traditions to the next generation through outreach and education. The organization also funds national and local agencies, such as Jewish seminaries and rabbinical colleges, as well as those that are dedicated to overseas relief and resettlement efforts.
In serving the Jewish community of Chicago, JUF/JF offers its members countless opportunities to contribute to tikkun olam, or the repair of the world. The organization sponsors the Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) Network, which annually helps over 15,000 community members find ways to give back. Each year, TOV Network members donate over 21,000 hours of their time to help those in need.