Jews in CU

During Emily’s semester exploring multimedia journalism, she focused on the off-campus Champaign-Urbana Jewish community. Only 1,500 Jews live full time in the area, with only one formal synagogue. But like the Jewish communities around America, CU Jews have a voice. They have traditions. And they have stories.

Music Memory

Michael Greenstone uses a non-traditional yet essential tool to teach students at Sinai Temple’s Religious School about Judaism: music.


Only 1,500 Jewish residents live full-time in Champaign-Urbana, according to Rogerio Cukierman. Rogierio lived in seven cities on four continents before settling down in Champaign, the smallest city of all.