Jewish settlement in the C-U area dates back to 1867 or earlier, and we are proud of the long history of Jews in our community. Jewish life in Champaign-Urbana is vibrant, and our institutions are strong; Sinai Temple was established more than 110 years ago; the Hillel Foundation at UIUC, the first Hillel student organization in the country, has served the needs of Jewish students for more than 90 years; the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, building on the work of earlier community federations, has for more than 85 years provided for the needs of East Central Illinois' citizens--Jews and non-Jews alike; and mere days from now, Illini Chabad will celebrate the beginning of its "Bar Mitzvah" (13th) year in the community.
The light of the Jewish community will continue to shine brightly. We are proud to live in peace and harmony with our fellow residents, and look forward to continued strong relationships among all faiths and cultures well into the future.
Erez Cohen, Hillel Foundation at UIUC
Jessica Kopolow, Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation
Rabbi Alan Cook, Sinai Temple