Holocaust Organizations

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois (ADSI)

Formerly Association of Children of Holocaust Survivors
P.O. Box 1544
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (773) 931-6899
Email: primary247@aol.com
Web: http://www.adsillinois.org
Contact: Larry Schwartz

Programs and events for descendants of Holocaust survivors.

Avenue of the Righteous

840 Vernon Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: (847) 835-4800
Contact: Rabbi Harold Kudan

Chicago-area counterpart to Israel's Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles, with its own Avenue at the Evanston Civic Center. Emphasis on education and public awareness.

HIAS Chicago (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Chicago) *

216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4666
Fax: (312) 855-3291
Email: hiaschicago@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.hiaschicago.org
Contact: Jessica Schaffer

Advocacy for the rights of refugees and immigrants on national, state, and local levels. Broad range of pre- and post-immigration services, including refugee processing; permanent residency preparation; assistance with family-based petitions; assistance in the citizenship application process; reparations assistance for Holocaust survivors; community outreach and education; immigrant integration programs. Trained multi-lingual staff and corps of volunteers. Services provided at multiple sites in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs. Volunteers are welcome! Volunteers help individuals in the citizenship application process through teaching citizenship preparation classes in English, providing bilingual in-home citizenship tutoring and conducting practice citizenship interviews with applicants.

Hidden Children/Child Survivors Chicago

Phone: (312) 664-3769
Email: olgamweiss@gmail.com
Contact: Olga Weiss

Members of this international organization survived the Holocaust, as children in Europe during World War II.

Holocaust Community Services *

3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 508-1004, (773) 508-1000
Email: hcs@cje.net
Web: http://www.cje.net
Contact: Yonit Hoffman, Holocaust Community Services Program Director

Provides care management, financial assistance, and socialization programming for survivors living in the Chicagoland area. A collaborative effort of CJE SeniorLife, Jewish Child & Family Services, and the Jewish United Fund, in partnership with HIAS Chicago. 

Holocaust Educational Foundation

619 Emerson Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: (847) 467-4408
Email: hef@northwestern.edu
Web: http://hef.northwestern.edu
Contact: Benjamin Frommer

Establishes Holocaust courses in colleges and universities. Holds biennial Lessons and Legacies Holocaust International Conference for professors. Established annual Summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. Videotaped Holocaust survivors for inclusion in the Yale Archives for Holocaust Testimony.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center *

9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-4800
Fax: (847) 967-4801
Email: info@ilhmec.org
Web: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org
Contact: Susan L. Abrams

Tells the story of the Holocaust through richly designed, interactive exhibitions that both move and inspire. World-class special exhibitions explore broad themes related to the mission of the Museum which aim to foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. Stunning contemplative spaces pay homage to the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and provide a forum for peaceful reflection. Come and experience The Power of One and learn the difference your voice can make.

Midwest Jewish Council

P.O. Box 59032
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 274-0570

Yearly commemorations of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and continuing remembrance of the Holocaust.

REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

Phone: (312) 927-0490
Email: ethanbensinger@gmail.com
Web: http://storiesofselfhelp-film.com
Contact: Ethan Bensinger

A highly acclaimed documentary that explores the lives of Holocaust survivors and refugees from Chicago and tells the story of a community here that has given refuge to more than 1,000 victims of Nazi persecution from Central Europe. Director Ethan Bensinger is available for programs. Accompanying educational curriculum. No charge to community organizations and schools.

Sheérit HaPleitah

P.O. Box 59006
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 764-6350, (847) 863-9831
Fax: (847) 677-5778
Email: ivan.hubscher@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://sheerithapleitah.com
Contact: I. Moshe Hubscher, David Levine, Charles Lipshitz

Umbrella organization for Holocaust survivor groups. Sponsor of Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Regional Midwest Office
P.O. Box 1852
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-8099
Fax: (847) 433-8290
Email: chicago@ushmm.org
Web: http://www.ushmm.org
Contact: Jill Weinberg, Director

Regional office of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum located in Washington D.C. Organizes trips to the Museum in Washington, D.C. Sponsors speaker events and special programs to educate and involve the Chicagoland community in Holocaust remembrance and education. Raises funds throughout the Midwest to support the Museum's national and international work to educate and foster new scholarship about the Holocaust, rescue the evidence of the Holocaust, and inspire people to confront hatred and anti-Semitism and prevent future atrocities.

USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education

University of Southern California
Leavey Library
650 West 35th Street, Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: (213) 740-6001
Fax: (213) 740-6044
Email: vhi-web@usc.edu
Web: http://www.sfi.usc.edu
Contact: Josh Grossberg

Steven Spielberg's digital archive project, which has preserved tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors' testimonies. Currently producing Holocaust education materials based on the testimonies.

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