Community Organizations

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

A Wider Bridge Chicago *

Email: laurie@awiderbridge.org
Web: www.awiderbridge.com/chicago

Dedicated to creating opportunities for LGBTQ people in North America to engage with Israel and its LGBTQ communities. AWB leads missions of LGBTQ leaders to Israel, brings Israeli LGBTQ leaders and artists to programs across the U.S. and Canada, and publishes a daily online magazine exploring the intersections of LGBTQ and Jewish life, in Israel, North America and around the world.

Alliance of Latinos and Jews

P.O. Box 10644
Chicago, IL 60610-0644
Phone: (312) 788-7255
Email: alliance@latinosandjews.org
Web: http://www.latinosandjews.org
Contact: Len Dominguez, Rina Magarici

Building relationships between the Jewish and Latino communities: business and economic development, civic/policy, social and cultural affairs.

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 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: Eli Wald, (312) 253-8994

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

American Jewish Committee

Chicago Regional Office
Phone: (312) 251-8800
Fax: (312) 251-8815
Email: chicago@ajc.org
Web: http://www.ajcchicago.org
Contact: Amy Stoken, Regional Director

An advocacy organization working with international, religious, and ethnic groups to create mutual understanding and combat anti-Semitism; 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 Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) *

711 3rd Ave.
Suite 900
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-6200
Email: info@jdc.org
Web: http://www.jdc.org

Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

American Jewish World Service - Chicago

848 Dodge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 644-0954
Email: thasaklowy@ajws.org
Web: http://www.ajws.org
Contact: Taal Hasak-Lowy

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in developing world.

American Zionist Movement

Chicago Region
P.O. Box 708
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 363-2507
Email: ghollingsworth@azm.org
Web: http://www.azm.org
Contact: Guy Hollingswoth, President

Umbrella organization of Zionist member groups to strengthen the connection of American Jews with Israel; encourage travel, long-term visits and Aliyah to Israel; and to facilitate dialogue, debate and collective action to further Zionism.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) *

Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region
120 S. La Salle Street, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-533-3939
Email: chicago-adl@adl.org
Web: www.chicago.adl.org

Fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, securing justice and fair treatment for all. With an array of educational, legislative, diplomatic, and interfaith initiatives, ADL acts as an important resource for the community at large.

B'nai B'rith International

Midwest Region
134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1530
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 551-0011
Fax: (312) 551-1108
Email: bbrith@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://www.bnaibrith.org
Contact: Cary Wolovick

Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. Since 1843, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance, in 50 nations worldwide. The Midwest Region includes Illinois, and most of Wisconsin and Indiana.

Chaiway Riders

Phone: (773) 936-0866
Email: info@chaiwayriders.com
Web: http://www.chaiwayriders.com

Chicago-based Jewish motorcycle touring club, open to individuals and couples; all makes of bikes and riding experience welcome, regardless of riders’ Jewish identity and religious practice.

Chicago Chesed Fund

7045 Ridgeway Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 679-7799
Fax: (847) 679-0870
Web: http://www.chicagochesedfund.org

Assistance for those in need of food, clothing, employment or help in time of crisis.

Decalogue Foundation

134 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 263-6493
Email: decaloguefoundation@gmail.com
Web: http://www.decaloguesociety.org
Contact: Gerald Schur

Fundraising for scholarships in Chicago-area law schools and for Hebrew University Law School. Support for Jewish legal education.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 263-6493
Email: decaloguesociety@gmail.com
Web: http://www.decaloguesociety.org
Contact: Aviva Patt

A bar association promoting educational, social, community, legal, and Judaic issues of interest to lawyers.

Descendants of Jewish War Veterans of the USA

"If We Forget, Who Will Remember"
National Headquarters
1811 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009-1659
Phone: (202) 265-6280
Fax: (202) 234-5662
Contact: Tim Clarke, Jr.

Addresses the concerns and problems of family members who served in the nation's armed forces.

Director of Government Affairs

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Contact: Rabbi Shlomo Soroka

Advocacy for the needs and civil rights of Jewish individuals and the Jewish community.

Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe

Samuel Bellows Educational and Cultural Center
2935 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 274-5123
Fax: (773) 274-2810
Email: rln@russianjewry.org
Web: http://www.russianjewry.org/
Contact: Levi Notik, Director

Language, job placement, and other assistance programs for Russian Jewish émigrés.

Hadassah Associates North Shore Chapter

Women's Zionist Organization of America
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1909
Fax: (847) 205-1909
Email: chicago-northshore@hadassah.org
Web: http://www.northshore.hadassah.org
Contact: Jeff Richardson

The men's affiliate of Hadassah.

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: Luisa Ellenbogen, President

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.

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.

The Hinda Institute

9401 N. Margail Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: (847) 296-1770, (847) 334-1770
Fax: (847) 296-1823
Email: rabbi@jpafil.org
Web: http://www.jpafil.org
Contact: Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman

Services to Jewish prisoners, prison visitation program, support for family members, and help to reintegrate inmates when they leave prison.

Hyde Park/Kenwood Council of Jewish Organizations

5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 753-3080
Fax: (773) 753-3085
Contact: Laurie Goldberg

An umbrella group representing South Side Jewish organizations and producing community events.

Illiana Jewish Genealogy Society

P.O. Box 384
Flossmoor, IL 60422-0384
Email: ijgs@comcast.net
Contact: Trudy Barch

For people in the south suburban and Northwest Indiana area who are interested in Jewish genealogy.

Interfaith Worker Justice

1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 728-8400
Fax: (773)728-8409
Email: rlopez@iwj.org
Web: http://www.iwj.org
Contact: Rudy Lopez

Works to improve wages, benefits and working conditions, especially for low-wage workers.

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

30 N. La Salle Street, Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 641-7200
Email: info@ifcj.org
Web: http://www.ifcj.org

To foster better relations and understanding between Christians and Jews; encourage greater cooperation on issues of shared biblical concern; and build support for Israel and Jews in crisis or need.

Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking Chicago (JCAST Chicago)

NCJW Chicago North Shore
1107 Central Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 853-8889
Email: info@jcastchicago.org
Web: http://www.jcastchicago.org
Contact: Melissa Prober

Works to eradicate sex trafficking in the Chicagoland area through public awareness, community engagement, and advocacy at state, local and national levels. Partners with interfaith and human rights groups, non-profit organizations, government officials, and law enforcement agencies, and works with congregations, clergy, Jewish organizations and secular groups to educate the community and take action to end demand for purchased sex and protect children. The coalition meets bimonthly in Chicago and the Northern Suburbs.

Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (JCC) *

30 S. Wells Street, Suite 4000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-775-1801, 312-775-1804
Fax: 312-775-1818
Web: www.jccchicago.org
Contact: Alan Sataloff, President/CEO, Hannah Doherty, Executive Assistant to the CEO

JCC Chicago is a life-affirming journey that builds on the richness and power of Jewish values and continues to reimagine them for a more connected, inspired community. Through a mix of formal and informal education, recreational and cultural activities, JCC Chicago provides quality experiences that enrich the lives of individuals, families and the community at large. JCC's award-winning preschool programs, summer camps and wide array of activities provide opportunities to bring Jewish values to life through innovative programs designed to meet the needs of everyone from infants to adults.

Founded in 1903 to serve the needs of the burgeoning population of Jewish immigrants in Chicago, JCC today serves more than 24,000 Chicago area children, adults and families each year. JCC is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Programs located throughout the Chicagoland area: Chicago (Lakeview/Rogers Park/Hyde Park), Glencoe, Northbrook, Skokie and Lake Zurich

Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park

3525 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60659
Email: sklein@gowrp.org
Web: http://www.gowrp.org
Contact: Shalom Klein

Strengthening and preserving Chicago's flagship Jewish community in an international neighborhood. JCCWRP is an organization of neighborhood residents and Jewish community leaders who care deeply about the past, the present, and the future of West Rogers Park. We aim to promote and encourage commercial, cultural and residential development designed to sustain a thriving community for generations to come.

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)

610 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 663-0960
Email: judy@jcua.org
Web: http://www.jcua.org
Contact: Judy Levey

Works to combat poverty, racism, and anti-Semitism working in partnership with diverse communities in Chicago. JCUA mobilizes the Jewish community to act on social justice issues that address the root causes of disparity and inequality in the city and region. Jewish community members can get involved through membership, regular meetings, events, and leadership development opportunities. Or Tzedek is JCUA's Teen Institute for Social Justice. Offering both year-round programs and immersive summer sessions, Or Tzedek reaches hundreds of teens every year. Teens build advocacy and community organizing skills, take action on meaningful social justice campaigns, and of course, have fun!

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 515
Northbrook, IL 60065
Phone: (312) 666-0100
Email: info@jgsi.org
Web: http://www.jgsi.org
Contact: Debbie Kroopkin, Co-President

A non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. Monthly meetings feature informative speakers as well as access to an 800-volume genealogy library and volunteer genealogy help desk. Members have access to useful and informative online research resources.

Jewish Labor Committee *

205 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 881-9933
Fax: (312) 861-1672
Email: chicagojlc@jewishlabor.org
Web: http://www.jewishlabor.org
Contact: Eli Fishman

Enables the Jewish community and the trade union movement to work together on issues of mutual concern, including the security of Israel, combating anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, and economic and social justice.

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. *

Department of Illinois
P.O. Box 5356-60077
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 390-8762, (312) 859-7373
Email: jwv.illinois@gmail.com
Web: http://www.jwv.org
Contact: Adjutant Joel Fabrikant or PDC Jeffrey Sacks

Open for membership to all Jewish veterans who have served in the US Armed Forces. We are organized into local posts which support veterans in local VA hospitals, uphold the fair name of the Jew, preserve the memories of patriotic service, honor the memory of our heroic dead, foster the education of former service-members, and provide support for active duty service members.

Lubavitch Women's Organization

2646 W. Farwell St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 743-4662

Programs for all Jewish denominations.

Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago *

7366 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 301
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: 847-674-3224
Email: info@maotchitim.org
Web: www.maotchitim.org
Contact: Joellyn Stoliar, Executive Director

Delivers kosher holiday foods to families and individuals in need throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Community. Food is delivered for Rosh Hashanah and Passover. Volunteer opportunities exist for all aspects of the delivery—building boxes, packing boxes, and delivering the meals door to door. Everyone is welcome.

Maxwell Street Foundation

P.O. Box 4307
Chicago, IL 60680
Phone: (312) 243-0394
Email: info@maxwellstreet.org
Web: http://www.maxwellstreetfoundation.org
Contact: Lori Grove

The mission of the Maxwell Street Foundation is to preserve and interpret the history of Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood for future generations. To this end, the Foundation presents slide programs at outside venues of historic Maxwell Street; walking tours of the redeveloped Maxwell Street; and promotes the New Maxwell Street Market on Des Plaines Avenue at Roosevelt Road that is operated by the City of Chicago on Sundays. The Foundation sells Maxwell Street-themed items on its website, and accepts donations of Maxwell Street artifacts and memorabilia for its archive. The Foundation provides research in its archive upon request, for a donation. The Foundation provides assistance to enrolled students (grammar, high school, and university levels) for new research on historic or contemporary aspects of Maxwell Street; the Market at its historic site; and the New Maxwell Street Market. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Chicago North Shore
5 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-853-8889
Email: info@ncjwcns.org
Web: www.ncjwcns.org
Contact: Melissa Prober

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For over a century, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW's collective voice has changed the world for the better -- improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.

National Council of Jewish Women South Cook (NCJW)

P.O. Box 982
Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (815) 806-9248
Email: sejohnsonncjw@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.ncjwsouthcook.org

Strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Participates in many community service projects.

Pushing the Envelope Farm *

1700 Averill Road
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-578-3313
Email: genevafarm@gmail.com
Web: www.pushingtheenvelopefarm.org

A community farm and education center in Chicagoland's Fox Valley serving the greater metropolitan Chicago area. The farm explores Jewish connection to the land, provides hands-on educational experiences, and offers the opportunity to experience sustainable agriculture firsthand. The farm provides a wide variety of custom programs, such as educational programs and workshops for people of all ages and groups such as schools, synagogues, churches, home school and scout groups either on the farm or off the farm. The 14-acre site hosts organic farm that grows anything from small plots to multiple acres of land.

Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC)

564 W. Randolph Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 646-2571
Fax: (312) 646-2501
Email: jwynes@rjchq.org
Web: http://www.rjchq.org
Contact: Jeremy Wynes, Midwest Regional Director

Fosters and enhances ties between the American Jewish community and Republican decision makers.

SHALVA *

P.O. Box 46375
Chicago, IL 60646-0375
Phone: (773) 583-4673
Email: info@shalvaonline.org
Web: http://www.shalvaonline.org
Contact: Carol Ruderman

Provides services to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the Jewish community, Free, confidential clinical services include: 24-hour help line, individual and group counseling, legal information, referral services and court support.

Shomrim Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 59258
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 506-0171
Email: president@shomrimillinois.org
Web: http://www.shomrimillinois.org
Contact: Cmdr. Marc S. Buslik

Society of Jewish police officers.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Midwest Region
180 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 981-0105
Email: swcmidwest@wiesenthal.com
Web: http://www.wiesenthal.com

Global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

South Suburban Cooperative Jewish Council (CJC) *

3400 W. 196th Street
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Phone: (708) 798-1884
Fax: (708) 798-9148
Web: http://www.c-j-c.org

Association of South Suburban Jewish institutions -- Congregation Am Echad, B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, Temple Anshe Sholom a Beth Torah, Joliet Jewish Congregation, JUF South Suburban Community Services Office, JCC Chicago, Chai Unit B'nai B'rith, Zahava Deborah Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section, and Jewish War Veterans Pvt. Sam Neivelt Post #407. The CJC was formed to increase affiliation of its respective organizations and to provide services more efficiently to strengthen the Jewish community of the southern suburbs.

Springfield Jewish Federation

1045 Outerpark Drive, Suite 320
Springfield, IL 62704-5126
Phone: (217) 787-7223
Fax: (212) 787-7470
Web: http://www.shalomspringfield.org

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