Social Services

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Address: 25 E. Washington St., Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60602
Contacts: Executive Director Rabbi David Rosenn
Phone: (773) 769-0838
Web Site: http://www.avodah.net
Engages young Jews in direct work on the causes and effects of poverty in the United States.
Beth Shifra Organizations
Address: 7235 N. Western
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Contact Sandra Liebling
Phone: (773) 764-8301
Fax: (773) 262-4457
Provides programs and services for the Jewish mentally ill.
Bikur Cholim
Address: 6311 Monticello
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 588-7918
Makes visits to and provides assistance for those who are ill.
CHAI-JACS
Address: 5150 Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Contacts: Rabbi Joseph Ozarowski – Chaplain
Phone: (847) 568-5200
Confidential support group for Jews suffering from alcoholism, chemical dependency or other addictions.
Canavan Research Illinois
Address: P.O. Box 8194
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8194
Contacts: President Ilyce Randell
Phone: (847) 222-0736
(800) 833-2194
Web Site: http://www.canavanresearch.org
Devoted to supporting children and families battling Canavan Disease.
Chai Lifeline Midwest
Address: 6600 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 300
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Contacts: Director Rabbi Shlomo Crandall
Phone: (847) 763-1818
Fax: (847) 763-1820
Web Site: http://www.chailifeline.org
Provides free support services to children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Also runs Camp Simcha for these children each summer.
Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders
Address: 30 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Director Karen Litwack
Phone: (312) 357-4718
Fax: (312) 855-3295
Web Site: http://www.jewishgeneticscenter.org
Offers educational programs and works to coordinate efforts at screening, diagnosis, treatment, counseling and advocacy about Tay-Sachs, Gaucher’s and related diseases.
Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed
Category: Social Services
Address: 6350 N. Troy
Chicago, IL 60659
Contacts: Executive Director Rabbi Tzvi Bider
Phone: (773) 761-4005
Fax: (773) 761-7603
Has a synagogue, offers classes, runs a community guest house, provides variety of social services.
Chicago Chesed Fund
Phone: (847) 679-7799
Offers assistance for those in need of food, clothing, employment or help in crisis situations.
Chicago Yachad
Contacts: Director Efrem Popel
Phone: (773) 764-6353
Offers programs and events that provide a social environment designed to mainstream young adults with special developmental needs with their non-disabled peers.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter
Address: 2200 E. Devon Ave., Suite 351
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 827-0404
Web Site: http://www.ccfa.org
Works to find cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases.
Dressing Up
Address: P.O. Box 841
Highland Park, IL 60035
Contacts: Debbie Weiner
Provides day of shopping to 6th to 12th grade Jewish girls in economically challenged situations.
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Address: 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 2810
Chicago, IL 60601
Contacts: Executive Director Janet Hieshetter
President Claire Centrella
Phone: (800) 377-3978
Fax: (312) 803-0138
Web Site: http://www.dystonia-foundation.org/
Supports research efforts into the cause and cure for the neurological movement disorder, dystonia; publishes newsletter, sponsors support groups, conducts symposiums and other events.
EMETT
Contacts: Educator/Therapist Yehudis Karbal
Phone: (773) 973-7513
Emotional Maturity Established Through Torah. Teaches Torah’s perspective for meeting life’s challenges.
EZRA Multi-Service Center
Address: 909 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 275-0866
Web Site: http://www.juf.org
Helps impoverished people by offering housing, jobs and a variety of other services.
Early Childhood Autism Academy
Address: 255 Revere Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Director Beth Wyman
Phone: (847) 412-4350
Fax: (847) 412-4360
Preschool for children with autism.
Friedman Place
Address: 5527 N. Maplewood
Chicago, IL 60625
Contacts: Executive Director Ann Lagory
Outreach Director Heddy Lichtenstein
Phone: (773) 989-9800
Fax: (773) 989-4889
Web Site: http://www.friedmanplace.org
A non-profit supportive living facility providing housing and social services for adults with vision loss. Synagogue on the premises.
Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation
Address: 1954 First St., Suite 245
Highland Park, IL 60035
Contacts: President Alan Miller
Phone: (847) 721-5050
Fax: (847) 607-8249
Web Site: http://www.gabesfoundation.org
Named for Gabe Miller, who died at the age of 24, while a graduate student in social work. Supports individuals who emulate Gabe’s dedication to become social service professionals and provides grants to organizations helping those in need.
HIAS Chicago
Address: 216 W. Jackson, #700
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Director David Zverow
Phone: (312) 357-4666
Fax: (312) 855-3291
Web Site: http://www.jcfs.org
Assists with pre- and post- immigration services, including documentation, immigrant integration, changing legal status, applying for citizenship, seeking political asylum and locating missing relatives.
JCC Project Chesed
Address: 5050 Church St.
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (312) 553-3797
Web Site: http://www.gojcc.org
Links individuals and families in need to community resources. Helps those dealing with issues of debt management, depression, divorce, abuse, grief, employment, housing and shelter, elder care, substance abuse and other areas. Coordinated by JCC’s Women’s Auxiliary.
JCFS City Community Counseling Center
Address: 3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Director Beryl Elenbogen
Phone: (773) 467-3700
Fax: (773) 467-3799
JCFS City Community Counseling Center
Address: 3525 W. Peterson, #400
Chicago, IL 60659-3324
Contacts: Director Marilyn Siegel
Phone: (773) 866-5035
Fax: (773) 866-1035
JCFS Foster Care
Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Supervisor Brenetta Hines
Director Nancy Dorfman-Schwartz
Phone: (312) 357-4800
Fax: (312) 855-3754
Recruits and trains potential foster parents. Provides foster care for Jewish families.
JCFS Jewish Child and Family Services
Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Executive Director Howard Sitron
President Donald Trossman
Phone: (312) 357-4800
Fax: (312) 855-3750
Web Site: http://www.jcfs.org
Provides therapeutic, educational and preventative social services for children, teens, adults and families.
JCFS Jewish Healing Network of Chicago
Address: 5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Contacts: Director Tracey Lipsig Kite
Phone: (847) 568-5100
TTY (847) 568-5240
Fax: (847) 568-5125
Services include support groups, pastoral counseling, comfort and support for advanced illness, counseling, chemical dependency, Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick), training in synagogues, Nursing Home Visiting, hospital prayer pamphlets, information and assistance, healing resource library.
JCFS Keshev Program
Address: 5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Contacts: Clinician Kjersti Usler
Phone: (847) 568-5200
(847) 568-5240 (TTY)
Fax: (847) 568-5125
Provides counseling for the deaf and hearing-impaired and their families.
JCFS Maintaining Adoption Connections & System of Care
Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Director Dieunn Young
Phone: (312) 357-4800
Fax: (312) 855-3754
Provides an array of services to wards of the state of Illinois.
JCFS Near North Suburban Community Counseling Center
Address: 5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Contacts: Dir, Child & Fam. Serv. Lynn Shyman
Phone: (847) 568-5200
Fax: (847) 568-5125
JCFS North Suburban Community Counseling Center
Address: 255 Revere Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Director Mary Lou Coyle
Phone: (847) 412-4376
Fax: (847) 412-4360
JCFS North Suburban Community Counseling Center
Address: 85 Revere Dr. – Suite J
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Director Carole Spreitzer
Phone: (847) 412-4376
Fax: (847) 412-4360
JCFS Northwest Suburban Community Counseling Center
Address: 1156 W. Shure Dr., Suite 180
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Contacts: Director Lili Gray
Phone: (847) 392-8820
(847) 392-8970
Fax: (847) 392-3221
Web Site: http://www.jcfs.org
JCFS Placement Services
Address: 3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Dir., Res. Treatment Diane Schlipper
Intake Coordinator Shelley Weiss
Phone: (773) 467-3747
Fax: (773) 463-3799
Therapeutic group homes for children and teens ages 7-20.
JCFS Project Esther: Chicago Jewish Adoption Network
Address: 3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Director Marsha Raynes
Phone: (773) 467-3747
Fax: (773) 467-3799
Serves Jewish adoptive and pre-adoptive families through adoption related services, educational workshops and community building events.
JCFS Residential Services
Address: 3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Director Robin Shurbet
Phone: (773) 467-3700
Fax: (773) 467-3799
The Residential Respite program provides the intensive support and brief case management necessary for young adults who require a confidential and empowering environment to accomplish their goals. Located in the north side Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park, clients can reside in the encouraging facility for up to 6 months.
JCFS Respite Care
Address: 3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Director Sara Johnson
Phone: (773) 467-3750
Fax: (773) 467-3799
Respite offers two services: the Community Program and the System of Care (SOC) Program, which serves children, ages birth to 21, with varying disabilities, including emotional and behavioral disorders, medical complexities and developmental disabilities. Respite is provided either within the family’s home or within the community.
JCFS South Suburban Community Counseling Center
Address: 3649 W. 183rd St., Suite 123
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Contacts: Clinician John Andrich
Phone: (708) 798-1859
Fax: (708) 798-9148
Web Site: http://www.jcfs.org
JCFS Virginia Frank Child Development Center
Address: 3033 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645-2833
Contacts: Director Joni Crounse
Phone: (773) 761-4550
Fax: (773) 761-6426
Specializes in providing services to families and their children from birth to age six.
JCFS West Suburban Community Counseling Center
Address: 10 E. 22nd St., Suite 215
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: (630) 705-9639
Fax: (630) 932-7832
Web Site: http://www.jcfs.org
JUF Uptown Cafe at the EZRA Multi-Service Center
Contacts: Project Manager Mindy Stillman
Provides a kosher meal program for the poor along with community and social service assistance and referrals.
JVS Career Planning Center
Address: 300 Revere Dr., Suite 205
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Director Nanette Cohen
Phone: (847) 412-4300
(847) 412-4316 – TTY
Fax: (312) 553-5526
Delivers a comprehensive selection of employment services, assisting a diverse population to explore vocational choice and find jobs in the community.
JVS Duman Microenterprise Center and Loan Fund
Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Director Donna Rockin
Phone: (312) 673-3430
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Provides interest free loans for small business start-up or expansion.
JVS Jewish Employment Network
Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Coord. Marketing Arlene Shafton
Phone: (312) 673-3443
(847) 568-5154
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Serves middle and upper level managers and professionals.
JVS Lombard Office
Address: 10 E. 22nd St., Suite 215
Lombard, IL 60148
Contacts: Career Counselor Joyce Bogolub
Phone: (630) 889-0548
(630) 925-1001 TTY
Fax: (312) 553-5522
JVS Northwest Suburban Office
Address: 1156 W. Shure Drive, Suite 181
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Contacts: Career Counselor Roberta Glick
Phone: (847) 392-8205
(847) 392-7916 TTY
Fax: (312) 553-5527
JVS Refugee Unit
Address: 5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Contacts: Director Linda Wolfe
Phone: (847) 568-5150
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Job placement and counseling.
JVS Sampson-Katz Center
Address: 2020 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Contacts: Director Jacquelyn Aron
Phone: (773) 761-9000
(773) 761-6672 – TTY
Fax: (312) 553-5523
Provides career counseling, job placement services and employment training; specializes in work training for people with disabilities.

 

Jenny B. Friedman Foundation
Address: 2840 W. Arthur Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Contacts: Director Edward Friedman
Phone: (847) 542-0770
Website: http://jennyfriedmanfoundation.org
Provides assistance and support for adults with disabilities.

 

 

Jewish B2B Networking
Address: 3557 W. Peterson Ave., #119
Chicago, IL 60659
Contacts: Chairman Shalom Klein
Phone: (773) 547-3822
Web Site: http://www.jewishb2bnetworking.com
Networking organization for Jewish businesses and job seekers that offers monthly sessions, free professional seminars and an online business exchange.

 

Jewish Big Sisters
Address: 1316 W. Fargo, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60626-1845
Contacts: President Marcie Marcovitz
Phone: (312) 458-9003
Web Site: http://www.jewishbigsisters.org
A volunteer program providing support, special friendships and role models to Jewish girls age 8 or older.
Jewish Federation/JUF South Suburban Community Services
Address: 3649 W. 183rd St., Suite 123
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Contacts: Coordinator Alene Rutzky
Phone: (708) 798-1884
Fax: (708) 798-9148
Web Site: http://www.juf.org
Addresses the needs of the South Suburban Jewish community.
Jewish Prisoner Assistance Foundation
Address: 9401 N. Margail St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016-3810
Contacts: Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman – Director
Phone: (847) 296-1770
Fax: (847) 296-1823
Web Site: http://www.chabadandfree.com
Provides services to Jewish prisoners, supports family members and helps re-integrate inmates when they leave prison.
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Address: 30 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: President Steven Nasatir
Chairman David Sherman
Phone: (312) 346-6700
Web Site: http://www.juf.org
JUF/Federation provides human welfare, health care and Jewish education services for Jews in Chicago, Israel and more than 50 countries around the world. Community’s central fund-raising and allocating body.
Jewish Vocational Service
Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606-6921
Contacts: Director Gail Luxenberg Gruen
President Paul L. Epner
Phone: (312) 673-3400
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Web Site: http://www.jvschicago.org
Provides career counseling, job placement, skills training, vocational rehabilitation and residential services.
Job Link Placement Network
Address: 3557 W. Peterson, Suite 120
Chicago, IL 60659
Contacts: Director Yocheved (Darcy) Ehrman
Phone: (773) 866-1111
Fax: (773) 478-7591
Web Site: http://www.joblinkchicago.org
A no-fee Jewish job placement and employment network affiliated with the Chicago Chesed Fund.
Keshet, Jewish Parents of Individuals with Special Needs
Address: 617 Landwehr Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Executive Director Abbie Weisberg
Executive VP Ken Cooper
Phone: (847) 205-1234
Fax: (847) 480-9120
Web Site: http://www.keshet.org
Provides educational, social and referral services for individuals with disabilities, and their parents, within a Jewish framework.
Keshet, the Sidney and Lisa Glenner GADOL Program
Address: 8170 N. McCormick Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60076
Contacts: Director Debbie Harris
Phone: (847) 977-9733
(847) 674-5711
Fax: (847) 674-5713
Focuses on enhancing independent skills, social skills, and work skills. Participants pray, cook, volunteer, socialize, exercise, shop, and much more while integrated into the community.
Makor Or Special Needs Center
Address: Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago, 3320 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Director Alicia Gejman
Phone: (847) 291-7788 ext. 1301
Fax: (847) 291-7792
Web Site: http://www.bjechicago.org
Offers school consultations, individual classes for students with learning disabilities and group classes for students with developmental delays.
Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago
Address: 7366 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 301
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Contacts: Executive Director Audrey Lane Schiff
President Joel H. Schneider
Volunteer Coordinator Mike Horowitz
Phone: (847) 674-3224
Fax: (847) 674-6044
Web Site: http://www.maotchitim.org
Volunteer agency providing Passover and Rosh Hashanah packages to needy Jews.
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter
Address: 2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (847) 467-7423
Web Site: http://www.carecenter.org
Offers Jewish Care Services program that combines the expert care of one of the nation’s most comprehensive hospice and palliative care programs with specialized care that is sensitive to Jewish practices and traditions. Services include hospice, home healthcare, primary healthcare at home, grief support, palliative care services and personal assistance.
Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center
Address: California Ave. @ 15th St.
Chicago, IL 60608-1797
Phone: (773) 542-2000
Fax: (773) 257-6208
Web Site: http://www.sinai.org
Offers primary care to new immigrants and indigent Jews throughout the Chicago area.
Nefesh International
Contacts: Contact Sheldon Schaffel
Phone: (847) 982-2500
Fax: (847) 674-6381
Organization of Orthodox mental health professionals.
P’tach – Parents for Torah for All Children
Address: 4600 W. Main St.
Skokie, IL 60076
Contacts: Onsite Coordinator Susan Feuer
Phone: (847) 675-1670
An organization dedicated to providing all children the opportunity for a Jewish education within the Jewish day school system.
Response Center
Address: 9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Contacts: Director Robin Stein
Assistant Director Phillip Licata
Phone: (847) 676-0078
Fax: (847) 676-0574
Web Site: http://www.responsecenter.org
Counseling, educational and resource center serving adolescents (age 12 to 21) and their families. A program of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Response Center Northwest
Address: 16595 Easton
Prairie View, IL 60069
Phone: (847) 955-9313
Fax: (847) 955-9318
SHALVA
Address: P.O. Box 46375
Chicago, IL 60646-0375
Phone: (773) 583-4673
Fax: (773) 205-0002
Web Site: http://www.shalvaonline.org
Counseling, advice and legal aid for victims of abuse. Provides victims of abuse with a wide range of support services and provides the community with educational programs.
Shalom Baby
Address: JUF, 30 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Director Laura Smith
Phone: (312) 357-4826
Fax: (312) 553-5485
Web Site: http://www.juf.org
Provides free welcome kit to Jewish newborns and their families.
Shalom Chicago
Address: JUF, 30 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Program Associate Abby Halper
Phone: (312) 357-4826
Web Site: http://www.juf.org
Welcomes Jewish newcomers to Chicago by providing information and a Shalom Chicago kit.
TOV – JUF TOV Volunteer Network
Address: 30 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Contacts: Director Joanne Greenstein
Phone: (312) 357-4762
Fax: (312) 553-5491
Web Site: http://www.juf.org/tov
TOV, Tikkun Olam Volunteers, matches people with volunteer opportunities.
The ARK
Address: 6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Contacts: Executive Director Miriam Weinberger
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Web Site: http://www.arkchicago.org
Provides a wide array of medical and social services at no charge to Chicagoland Jews in need. Services include medical, dental, and eye care; pharmacy; food; case management; counseling; legal aid; job counseling; emergency shelter and transitional housing; emergency financial assistance.
The Stuart I. Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
Address: 3068 Antelope Springs Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contacts: Director Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Pairs high school students with children that have special needs for a full range of social, Judaic and educational experiences.

 

 

Torah Development Initiative
Address: 6635 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 442-2834
Website: http://www.torahdevelopment.org
The Torah Development Initiative provides classes in Shuls in the West Rogers Park area of Chicago.

 

Touhy Health Center, Sinai Medical Group
Address: 2901 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-7350
(773) 973-7352
Fax: (773) 973-0506
Offers primary care to new immigrants and indigent Jews throughout the Chicago area.

 

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