About Us

SJF LogoDriven by the adage that “All Jews are Responsible, One for the Other”, The Jewish Federation of Springfield, Illinois serves as the secular volunteer umbrella organization for the Jewish community in central Illinois. It is a community without borders. Part of the national Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and funded by contributions to the Federation Annual Campaign, the Jewish Federation of Springfield, Illinois helps meet the needs of Jews, to ensure Jewish continuity from central Illinois to Israel and throughout the world.

The History. The Jewish Federation of Springfield, Illinois was founded on May 6, 1941, to aid in the resettlement of Jews fleeing the war in Europe. Assisting Jews in need has remained an important part of Federation activities. In 1989, the Federation began an emergency campaign,  Operation Exodus, to help raise funds to assist Jewish citizens from the former Soviet Union resettle in Springfield.

The Mission of the Jewish Federation of Springfield, Illinois is to serve the Jewish people locally, in Israel and throughout the world through coordinated fund raising, communitywide programming, social services and educational activities.

Volunteer Opportunities.  The Federation can only accomplish all its goals through the commitment and energy of volunteers and all those who get involved with and participate in our programs, committees, campaigns and missions. We do it for you and with you. Get involved, make a difference.
If you would like to volunteer contact us.

Mailing List Policy.  The Jewish Federation of Springfield does not publish our mailing list. It is the policy, and always has been, of the Federation to refuse requests for copies of the mailing list. When local Jewish organizations request the list to share information for an event, either the Federation creates and mails the information or the organization will receive names and addresses only for that specific purpose. These local organizations include Temple B’rith Sholom, Temple Israel and their respective sisterhoods, as well as the local chapters of Hadassah and B’nai B’rith. Those organizations reciprocate by publicizing our events. Members of the Board of Directors and committee chairs do have access to the mailing list to be used only for Federation business.