What is J-LIFE?

J-LIFE is an Organization committed to providing Opportunities for Innovative and meaningful Jewish Self-expression for Chicago land’s Russian Jews. J-LIFE was founded in 2008 by a few passionate activists whose goal is to build a stronger Jews identity among Russian Jews in Chicago.

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J-Life hosted

J-Life hosted weekly seminars and presentations in different locations throughout Chicagoland to foster the development of a deeper understanding of Jewish history, philosophy and identity.

Some of the results of J-LIFE activities throughout the years

J-LIFE Has Seen Significant Success In Inspiring Jewish

Involvement amongst Chicago Russian Jews:

  • More then 150 students were able to take part in identity-building trips to Israel and Europe
  • J-life almni made Aliyah
  • More then a dozen people met their spouses and started Jewish families
  • Hundreds of Russian Jews learned more about their roots and were inspired to make a commitment to continue learning about their heritage.
  • Thousands of people are reached with Talmudic Cinema Chanell 

What has J-LIFE accomplished so far?

J-LIFE organized a weekend retreat featuring guest lecturer
Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, a famous Russian refunsik. More than 100 Jewish young professionals spent 3 days together at a hotel, learning about Russian Jewish History, connecting to their roots and each other.

J-LIFE created a Talmudic Cinema YouTube Chanel

which releases monthly video clips that utilize cinema and cartoon

elements to encourage audience to explore various jewish concepts.

The videos attract thoousands of viewers from Chiicagoland and beyondentity.

J-LIFE ran tow 10 week RAJE Fellowships. More than 30 Russian Speaking

JYPs spent 60+ hours learning and exploring Jewish history and identity.

What has J-LIFE accomplished so far?

J-LIFE initiated, led, and subsidized 6 identity-building trips for Russian Jewish Young Professionals to Israel and Europe taking mote than 150 people on a trip of their lifetime.
J-LIFE hosted hundreds of community Shabbat meals connecting Russian jews to the larger Chicago Jewish community
J-LIFE hosted hundreds of community Shabbat meals connecting Russian jews to the larger Chicago Jewish community
J-LIFE hosted numerous social and networking events to facilities community building