Special Education

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

Chicago Yachad

3200 W. Touhy Ave.
2nd Floor
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (844) 4-YACHAD
Fax: (866) 454-1320
Email: cohene@ou.org
Web: http://yachad.org/chicago
Contact: Elliot Cohen

Dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their inclusion in the full spectrum of Jewish life. Offering social, recreational, educational, clinical, and vocational services for individuals ages 7 to 40+.

Dr. Oscar A. and Bernice Novick PTACH Special Education Program *

Associated Talmud Torahs
4600 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-1670
Web: http://www.att.org
Contact: Susan Feuer

Serves Jewish children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. P'TACH classroom also available at Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School.

The Friendship Circle

The Stuart Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
2095 Landwehr Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Email: info@fcil.org
Web: http://www.FCIL.org
Contact: Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz

Empowering today's teens to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the community. Offering friendship, social, Judaic and educational experiences.

Hebrew Seminary

A Rabbinical School for Deaf & Hearing
4435 W. Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-4113
Fax: (847) 677-7945
Email: abrown@hebrewseminary.org
Web: http://www.hebrewseminary.org
Contact: Alison Brown

The mission of Hebrew Seminary is to train women and men as rabbis and Jewish educators to serve all Jewish communities, including the deaf community. Hebrew Seminary has been an inclusive and egalitarian community for the study and practice of Judaism since our founding in 1992. Our program encourages the highest commitment to traditional scholarship, such as Talmud, Bible, and Hebrew, as well as the spiritual discipline of Kabbalah. This teaches our students to be scholars, educators, and leaders, as well as spiritual guides who can hear and share the voice of God with members of their communities.

Therapeutic Day School *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3900
Email: therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org
Web: http://jcfsschool.org
Contact: Sandra Spicher

For students kindergarten to grade 12 who require the educational and social/emotional support of a therapeutic day school in a Jewish environment.

Therapeutic Preschool *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Virginia Frank Child Development Center
Bernard Horwich JCC Campus
3033 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: jonicrounse@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/therapeuticpreschool
Contact: Joni Crounse

The Therapeutic Preschool at The Virginia Frank Child Development Center is a nationally recognized program in the field of family-centered child development. At Virginia Frank, leading experts offer a continuum of preventative and therapeutic services for children from birth to 6 years, as well as supportive services and counseling for their parents and training for professionals in the field.

Therapeutic Yeshiva Program *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: davidrosenberg@jcfs.org
Web: http://jcfsschool.org
Contact: Rabbi David Rosenberg

Jewish children who are challenged by a range of emotional and behavioral disabilities are provided an educational opportunity for success. The JCFS Therapeutic Yeshiva, an arm of the JCFS Therapeutic Day School, offers religiously observant families the experience of having their child participate in a therapeutic school program while also fulfilling the mitzvah of learning Torah and tefillah. When appropriate, students can take classes at other Jewish schools as part of their academic program. Reintegration to a mainstream school is advocated and supported as appropriate. To broaden their social and Jewish involvements, the JCFS Yeshiva encourages social and volunteer opportunities for students in the community.

Virginia Frank Child Development Center *

Jewish Child & Family Services
3033 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 761-4550
Email: jonicrounse@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Joni Crounse

Virginia Frank Child Development Center is a nationally recognized pioneer in the field of family-centered child development. At Virginia Frank, leading experts offer a continuum of preventative and therapeutic services for children from birth to 6 years, as well as supportive services and counseling for their parents and training for professionals in the field.

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