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.

See The Sky

An audio slideshow exploring the ways Jews in Champaign and Urbana view the harvest-time holiday, Sukkot.