Medical Resources

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

Amigo Mobility International

6693 Dixie Highway
Bridgeport, MI 48722
Phone: (800) 821-2710

Amigo Mobility International has a halachically-approved Amigo Shabbat that satisfies the "no work" Sabbath restriction and helps you stay on the go. Every Shabbat Amigo is individually inspected and certified by a Zomet Representative and the approval label is displayed on each 3-wheel mobility unit.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 227-4000, (800) 543-7362 (appointments)

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism provides a full range of services for the diagnosis, counseling and treatment of patients with genetic and congenital disorders.

The ARK Northwest *

3100 Dundee Road, Suite 802
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (773) 973-0011
Fax: (847) 272-5330
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services at the site include case management, a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, job counseling, a program for young adults with mental health needs, delivery of medications from The ARK's pharmacy, transportation to and from The ARK's main office, and other services as needed.

Hours are Mon., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; and Fri., 9-2.

The ARK Sarnoff Levin Residence *

6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Contact: Michael Bellows, Director

For homeless Jewish families and individuals in Chicagoland, provides short-term (up to 120 days) housing and supportive services in order to stabilize their lives and prepare them for the transition into permanent housing.

The ARK Seymour H. Persky Building *

Main Listing
6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services include medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, rent and utility assistance, food, transitional housing, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, case management, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for the chronically mentally ill, and more.

Canavan Foundation

450 West End Avenue, #6A
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (877) 907-1847
Fax: (866) 907-1847

501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating at-risk populations about Canavan disease and other Jewish genetic diseases and the reproductive options available to carrier couples. Encourages carrier screening for these diseases whenever appropriate. In addition, the foundation supports research that searches for treatments and a cure for Canavan disease.

Canavan Research Foundation

Fieldstone Plaza
88 Route 37
Fairfield, CT 06812
Phone: (203) 746-2436
Fax: (203) 746-3205
Contact: Dr. Helene Karlin

Supports education and research and provides family support.

Canavan Research Illinois

P.O. Box 5823
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (800) 833-2194

A 501(c)(3) charity, funding medical research to cure Canavan disease, networking affected families, and raising awareness of carrier testing for this fatal childhood neurodegenerative disease.

Center for Jewish Genetics *

30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4718, (312) 357-4994
Contact: Jason Rothstein

The Center offers a carrier screening education program completely online and on-demand, allowing individuals and couples to receive all of their necessary screening in an accessible and supportive process. After speaking one on one to a Center staff member, individuals provide a saliva sample in the comfort of their own home and are given their results from a genetic counselor personally. The Center also offers educational programs and information on hereditary cancers, the importance of family health history, and various other Jewish genetic topics, and is available to answer questions, concerns, and to provide any necessary referrals. The mission of the Center for Jewish Genetics is to create a healthier, more informed community by educating healthcare professionals, clergy, and particularly individuals of Jewish descent, about genetic disorders, hereditary cancers and the importance of genetic screening and counseling. A cooperative effort of the Jewish United Fund  and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and is supported in part by the Michael Reese Health Trust.


Phone: (773) 983-9617
Contact: Rabbi Heather Altman

Counseling and support programs for Jewish alcoholics, the chemically dependent, and their families.

Chai Lifeline Midwest/Chai Lifeline Midwest Camp Simcha/Simcha Special *

6600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Suite 300
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 763-1818, (888) 763-1819
Fax: (847) 763-1820

Provides free and year-round support services to families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Kosher, medically supervised overnight camps for seriously ill children and teens.

Dysautonomia Foundation

Chicago Chapter
514 Pleasant Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-6217
Fax: (847) 432-9065
Contact: Peggy Miller

Funds research for better treatment of familial dysautonomia, a Jewish Genetic Disorder.

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

1 E. Wacker Dr.
Suite 2430
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 755-0198
Fax: (312) 803-0138

Jewish Healing Network of Chicago *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 569-5100

For those who are ill, grieving, or serving as caregivers, the Jewish Healing Network of Chicago offers the comfort of human connection, the spiritual support of Jewish tradition and a sense of community to alleviate loneliness and isolation. JHN offers support groups, professional education, community programs, Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) trainings for congregations, pastoral counseling, information and referrals. JHNC is administered by Jewish Child & Family Services in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Lake Shore Health Care & Rehabilitation Centre

7200 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: (773) 973-7200

Managed care, Medicare/Medicaid provider, 24-hour skilled care, respite care, respiratory care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and hospice care.

Lutheran General Hospital

Division of Genetics
1875 Dempster Street, Suite 310
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 723-7705

Genetic testing and counseling.

Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter

2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (847) 467-7423
Fax: (847) 556-1611
TTY: (800) 526-0857
Contact: Rhonda Wehner, Coordinator of Jewish Care Services

Navigating a serious illness is never easy. Neither is the moment when you feel nothing can be done. That's when it helps to have someone by your side, reminding you and your loved ones that there is more that can be done. That your life always matters. Each year in 150 communities, Midwest CareCenter cares for each of its 3,200 patients as if they're the only one. The Jewish Care Services program offers care that is sensitive to Jewish practices and traditions, informed by rabbis, and delivered by a specially trained team.

National Gaucher Foundation

61 General Early Drive
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (800) 504-3189

National MPS Society (Mucopolysaccharidosis)

P.O. Box 14686
Durham, NC 27709-4686
Phone: (877) MPS-1001, (919) 806-0101
Contact: Barbara Wedehase

National Neimann-Pick Disease Foundation

22201 Riverpoint Trail
Carrollton, VA 23314
Phone: (804) 357-6774

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association

2001 Beacon St.
Suite 204
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: (800) 906-8723, (617) 277-4463
Fax: (617) 277-0134
Contact: Susan Kahn

Dedicated to funding research for cures and treatments, prevention through screening and education. Information and support services for individuals and families affected by Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related genetic diseases.

NorthShore University HealthSystems

Genetic Counseling Services
2650 N. Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 570-2864
Contact: Julie Frias

Prenatal, preconception and pediatric genetic counseling.

Partners In Healthcare

2601 Chestnut Ave.
Suite 2110
Glenview, IL 60026
Phone: (847) 904-5113
Fax: (847) 904-5116

A home care agency that provides non-medical home care services to North Shore residents. Services range from bath visits for 1 hour to caring for hospice, dementia, and post hospital clients 24 hours per day.

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

1550 Bishop Court
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: (847) 685-9900, (888) 707-2462
Contact: Jeff Okazaki

Provides caring and compassionate services to people with serious illness and their families. For more than 31 years, Rainbow has been a non-profit, community-based organization serving all of Chicagoland. In addition, Rainbow Hospice provides extensive bereavement services including the Good Mourning program for children, all free of charge to hospice families.

Refoenu Health Care Society

6333 N. Troy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-4005
Contact: Rabb Yisroel Matzliach

Medical referrals and advocacy. Provides cab and pharmacy services on Shabbat and Yom Tov for those needing immediate medical care.

Reproductive Genetics Innovations

2910 Macarthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 400-1515
Fax: (847) 400-1516

Preimplantation diagnosis for chromosomal and genetic disorders including those common among Ashkenazi Jews.

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (Genetics Testing and Counseling)

1753 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5000, (312) 942-5000

Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, substance abuse service, pain center, specialized Alzheimer's service.

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center Department of Neurology, Professional Bldg.

1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 1106
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-4500

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital *

1401 S. California Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 522-2010
TTY: (773) 522-2032
Contact: Carrie M. Brethauer

Inpatient, subacute, and outpatient programs specializing in stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, pediatrics, and general neuromuscular & musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is the Midwest's first fully licensed and accredited rehabilitation hospital and is proud to celebrate delivering quality patient focused care for over 90 years. Inpatient, outpatient physical medical and rehabilitation services for children and adults. A member of Sinai Health System.

Sinai Health System *

California Ave. at 15th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 542-2000
Fax: (773) 257-6208
TTY: (773) 257-6289

United Leukodystrophy Foundation

224 N. Second Street
Suite 2
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 748-3211, (800) 728-5483
Fax: (815) 748-0844
Contact: Paula K. Brazeal, President

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Congregation B'nai Israel

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