Israel

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

Ameinu-Chicago

1001 Green Bay Road
Suite 132
Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 910-2990
Email: kanter18@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ameinu.net
Contact: Leon Goldwater & Lee Silverglade, Co-Presidents

Committed to peace, social and economic justice, pluralism and the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people. Stands for liberal values and progressive Zionism.

America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC) *

203 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 558-1346
Fax: (312) 346-9603
Email: info@americaisrael.org
Web: http://www.americaisrael.org
Contact: Debra S. Rade

Recognized as the only chamber of commerce and membership association in the region that facilitates trade and investment between Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the State of Israel. Presents informational, networking and state-of-the-art educational programs, promotes Israeli goods and services, leads trade delegations, and works closely with governmental, non-profit, charitable, and industry organizations to foster trade and investment.

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU), Great Lakes Region

5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 983-3630
Fax: (847) 983-3401
Email: sfranklin@aabgu.org
Web: www.aabgu.org
Contact: Steven Franklin, CFA, Director

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU), National Headquarters

1001 Avenue of the Americas
19th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 687-7721
Email: dkrakow@aabgu.org
Web: http://www.aabgu.org
Contact: Doron Krakow, Executive Vice President

The American Committee for the Tel Aviv Yafo Foundation

1201 Broadway
Suite 802
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 447-6070
Fax: (212) 447-9211
Email: leonore.haskell@telavivfoundation.org
Web: http://www.telavivfoundation.org
Contact: Léonore Haskell

International fund-raising arm of the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Since its inception in 1977, the Foundation has established over 500 projects that have vastly improved the quality of life in Tel Aviv-Yafo with significant development of the City’s educational, social-welfare, cultural and environmental sectors.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

Midwest Region
180 N. Stetson Ave.
Suite 840
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 641-5700
Fax: (312) 641-1018
Email: chicago@acwis.org
Web: http://www.weizmann-usa.org
Contact: Lee J. Brown, Executive Director and National Vice President

Supports Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation

4411 Bobolink Terrace
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-4199
Email: esthermosh@aol.com
Web: http://www.afiwdf.org
Contact: Esther Calamaro

Hosts Israeli disabled veterans each year for a period of rest and rehabilitation to expand ties between Israel and the Chicago Jewish community metropolitan area and support Israeli disabled veterans and victims of terror attacks.

American Friends of Magen David Adom

Midwest Region
3175 Commercial Ave.
Suite 101
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 509-9802, (888) 674-4871
Fax: (847) 509-9807
Email: midwest@afmda.org
Web: http://www.afmda.org

Raises funds for Magen David Adom, Israel's ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first responders for the state's 8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve in this role, but is not a government agency.

American Friends of the Hebrew University

Midwest Region
500 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1530
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 329-0332
Fax: (312) 642-7008
Email: midwest@afhu.org
Web: http://www.afhu.org
Contact: Judith Shenkman

Promoting the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled *

P.O. Box 667
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (773) 875-2425
Email: stuart@afiscd.org
Web: http://www.fiscd.org
Contact: Stuart Nitzkin

World pioneers in the field of sports rehabilitation. Specializing in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children and youth by encouraging the disabled to participate in a variety of sports activities.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Midwest Regional Office
P.O. Box A3996
Chicago, IL 60690
Phone: (312) 236-8550
Fax: (312) 236-8530
Email: midwstreg@aipac.org
Web: http://www.aipac.org
Contact: Susan Millner, (312) 253-8996, smillner@aipac.org; Eli Wald, (312) 253-8994, ewald@aipac.org

Registered lobbying group for issues affecting U.S./Israel relationship.

American Jewish Committee

Chicago Regional Office
55 E. Monroe St.
Suite 2930
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 251-8800
Fax: (312) 251-8815
Email: chicago@ajc.org
Web: http://www.ajcchicago.org
Contact: Dan Elbaum

A human relations organization working with international, religious and ethnic groups to create mutual understanding and combat antisemitism; enhance the well being of Israel and Jewish people worldwide, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the U.S. and around the world.

American Technion Society

Israel Institute of Technology
111 W. Washington St.
Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (800) 663-4330, (312) 553-2222
Fax: (312) 553-2223
Email: joy@ats.org
Web: http://www.ats.org
Contact: Joy Leff

Support for Israel's world-class high-technology university.

Americans for a Safe Israel *

53 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 725
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 427-2233
Email: afsi@interport.net
Web: http://www.afsi.org

Education on security issues in Israel; lobbying for Israel defense issues.

AMIT

3856B W. Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-3800
Fax: (847) 982-0057
Email: amitchicago@amitchildren.org
Web: http://www.amitchildren.org
Contact: Beth Gottesman

Educates more than 26,000 Israeli youth from diverse backgrounds within a framework of religious values and Zionist ideals, incorporating academic and technological studies, through a network of 110 schools, youth villages and other programs in 29 Israeli cities, development towns and communities.

ARZA The Reform Israel Fund

Central District
1121-D Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 239-6974
Fax: (847) 509-0970
Email: mdodinval@arza.org
Web: http://www.arza.org
Contact: Marlene Dodinval

The Israel voice of the Reform Movement in the United States. Seeks to make Israel fundamental to the sacred lives and Jewish identities of Reform Jews. ARZA champions and supports activities that help build an inclusive and democratic Israeli society.

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2714
Phone: (312) 228-6400

Bank Leumi USA

1 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 419-4040
Email: chicago@leumiusa.com
Web: http://www.leumiusa.com

FDIC-insured full-service commercial bank providing financial services to midsize firms, international businesses, and high net worth individuals in the United States and abroad. Serves as banker and facilitator for investments and trade between the United States and Israel.

Buy Israel Goods

203 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Email: buyisraelgoods@americaisrael.org
Web: http://www.buyisraelgoods.org

Consumer guide for retail purchase of Israeli products.

Chicago Area Friends of Yesha

3740 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-9374
Contact: David Abell

Fundraising and support for the 240,000 Jews in the 146 Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Aza.

Chicago Friends of Alyn Hospital

3163 University Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 926-8652
Email: rhondalern@aol.com
Contact: Rhonda Feldman

Raises funds for children's hospital in Israel that treats physical disabilities.

Chicago Israel Office of the Federation *

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
P.O. Box 7171
Jerusalem, Israel 91071
Email: ofer@juf.org.il
Contact: Ofer Bavly, Director General of the Israel Office; Richard Juran, Deputy Director General; Susan Peled, Director of P2P and Special Projects

Represents the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation in Israel. Works with lay leaders and staff on missions, visits of influentials, Partnership Together and many other issues which arise as part of our relationship through our allocations to the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and our community's connections in and allocations to Israel.

Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

500 W. Madison Street
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 380-8800
Fax: (312) 380-8855
Email: contactus@chicago.mfa.gov.il
Web: http://embassies.gov.il/chicago

The official representative of the government of Israel to the Midwest and its liaison with the Jewish community in 11 states. Israel-related services and programs: informational materials and brochures, cultural publications, events and exhibits; speakers bureau; academic activities (including visiting scholars); referrals on Israel-related questions, passport, visa, and other documentation services.

Twitter: @IsraelinChicago

Free Sons of Israel

7141 N. Kedzie Ave.
Suite 912
Chicago, IL 60645-5811
Phone: (773) 761-2242
Fax: (773) 743-1006
Contact: Louis Stern

A fraternal order supporting Israel and Jewish rights worldwide.

Friends of Israel Scouts - Tzofim Inc.

4711 Golf Rd. Suite 600
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-6790
Fax: (847) 679-5286
Email: midwest@israelscouts.org
Web: http://www.israelscouts.org
Contact: Adi Sharon

Supports programs including Tzofim Friendship Caravan, Tzofim Summer Delegation, Tzofin Chetz V'Keshet, Tzofim Keshet, Tzofim Tzabar, Tzofim Farin Tzabar, Tzofim Shnat Sherut, Hevre and Tzofim in Your Camp, in cooperation with the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) movement in Israel.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

29 E. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602-4550
Phone: (312) 372-8500
Fax: (312) 372-8515
Web: http://www.fidf.org
Contact: Adina Torchman

Fundraising for humanitarian, educational, cultural, recreational and social programs for Israeli soldiers and their families.

Friends of Tsad Kadima

"A Step Forward"
1745 Lake Eleanor Drive
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 948-8256
Fax: (847) 948-8259
Email: mazel1@aol.com
Contact: Barbara Render

Supporting an innovative Israeli Conductive Education framework for motor-impaired children from infancy to adolescence. Programs benefiting children and their families include Jerusalem kindergarten, Rehabilitation Center Rishon LeZion, after-school programs throughout Israel, and two Pilot Model Apartments for young adults.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive
Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1900
Fax: (847) 205-1909
Email: chicago-northshore@hadassah.org
Web: http://www.hadassah.org/chicago-northshore
Contact: Ronna Ash, Executive Director; Michele Rubin, President

Volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and the people of Israel. Enhances the health of people worldwide through support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter’s 11,000 members are committed to making a difference in Israel and in their local communities. From book groups to mah jongg, from education to travel, from history to culture and literature, Hadassah has something special for members of all ages.

Herut-Likud

901 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 829-9010
Fax: (312) 829-6683

Supports the policies of the Likud Party and the rights of the Jewish people to their homeland.

Israel Bonds

221 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2350
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 558-9400
Fax: (312) 558-9014
Email: chicago@israelbonds.com
Web: http://www.israelbonds.com
Contact: Daniel Goldwin

Investors in Israel bonds have helped cultivate the desert, build transportation networks, create new industries, resettle immigrants, and increase export capabilities. Today, investing in Israel bonds supports a nation of extraordinary innovation that continues to push the boundaries of modern technology. You can invest online for as little as $36.

Israel Cancer Research Fund

Chicago Chapter
790 Frontage Road
Suite 226
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 914-9120
Email: jennifer.flink@icrfonline.org
Web: http://www.icrfonline.org
Contact: Jennifer Flink, Director of Development, Chicago

Fundraising for fellowships supporting cancer research by Israeli scientists in Israel.

Israel Solidarity Day

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-444-2905
Email: IsraelSolidarity@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/walk

Israel Solidarity Day is an annual, community-wide event. JUF relies on hundreds of volunteers in order to help the event succeed. Volunteers are needed to register participants, distribute flags, lead rallies, serve food and chair activities. All ISD volunteers will receive a complimentary TOV t-shirt and lunch.

Israel Trade and Investment Center

111 E. Wacker Dr.
Suite 1230
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 332-2160
Fax: (312) 332-2163
Email: may141948@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Moshe Shoham

Trade and investment assistance between American and Israeli firms. Exports to and from Israel; assistance to multinational companies, direct information from Israeli government offices.

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

60 Revere Drive
Suite 840
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 656-8880
Fax: (847) 656-8885
Email: bcherner@jnf.org
Web: http://www.jnf.org
Contact: Beth Cherner

Gives all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC)

P.O. Box 105
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-5999
Fax: (847) 433-6194
Email: jacpac123@aol.com
Web: http://www.jacpac.org
Contact: Marcia Balonick, Executive Director

Supports a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, reproductive choice and separation of religion and state.

JUF’s Israel Education Center *

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4671
Email: emilybriskman@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/college/israel_education_center.aspx
Contact: Emily Briskman, Director

Engages the next generation with Israel through education and advocacy.

JUF's Partnership Together *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

A program of the Jewish United Fund that links Jews in Chicago with its partnered region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Promotes projects that enhance development, improve the quality of life and connect with Chicago Jewry through "People to People" programs.

NA'AMAT USA

Greater Chicago Council
10024 N. Skokie Blvd.
Suite 216
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 675-7275
Fax: (847) 329-7174
Email: office@naamatchicago.org
Web: http://www.naamat.org
Contact: Karen Saharack, President

The women's Labor Zionist Organization, focusing on issues of concern to women in Israel and the United States. Provides a broad network of social, educational, and vocational services for women, youth, and children throughout Israel.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Chicago North Shore Section
1107 Central Street
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 853-8889
Email: info@ncjwcns.org
Web: http://www.ncjwcns.org

Local section of a national social justice and community service organization dedicated to causes affecting women, children and families. Advocacy priorities include civil rights, reproductive justice, accessible healthcare, gun restriction and regulation, and domestic violence prevention. Many hands-on community service and advocacy volunteer opportunities available.

New Israel Fund

P.O. Box 1127
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 681-2103
Fax: (925) 888-2416
Email: chicago@nif.org
Web: http://www.nif.org
Contact: Kathy Goldberg

Works to strengthen Israel's democracy and support grassroots organizations.

Shorashim Club Israel

1440 N. Dayton Street, Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (312) 239-8428
Fax: (312) 276-4739
Email: info@shorashim.org
Web: http://www.shorashim.org

Initiative to bring Israel into the lives of contemporary Chicago youth. Promotes Israeli educational, cultural programming within high schools; includes speakers, concerts, college visits, and conferences.

To Protect Our Heritage PAC *

2421 W. Pratt Blvd., Suite 1206
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (847) 676-4925
Fax: (847) 679-5505
TTY: (847) 676-1830
Email: amolot@aol.com
Web: http://www.protectourheritagepac.org
Contact: Rabbi Victor Weissberg, Peggy Shapiro, Alan Molotsky

Promotes a close relationship between the United States and Israel by disseminating educational information, meeting with elected federal officials and making federal political campaign contributions.

Write On for Israel *

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5063
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4671
Email: writeonforisrael@juf.org
Web: http://www.writeonchicago.org
Contact: Emily Briskman

JUF’s Write On for Israel is a prestigious, competitive two-year education and advocacy program that will teach Chicago area Jewish teens about Israel's history and current events. Write On Fellows will receive the training and skills needed to become a leader in the pro-Israel community in preparation for college and beyond.

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