Vocational Services

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

Chicago ORT Technical Institute

5440 Fargo Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 324-5588
Fax: (847) 324-5580
Email: chicagoorttech@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ortchicagotech.edu
Contact: Michelle Movitz

Offers higher education in a caring environment with programs for Accounting, Computer Support & Networking Technology, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting, ESL, Digital Graphics, Web Design and more.

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) 274-3810
Email: rln@russianjewry.org
Web: http://www.russianjewry.org/
Contact: Rabbi Shmuel Notik

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

Jewish B2B Networking

Jewish Business News
Shalom Klein
4959 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (888) 477-4466
Email: mail@jewishb2b.org
Web: http://www.JewishB2B.org
Contact: Shalom Klein

As the premier Jewish networking organization in the Midwest region, Jewish B2B Networking is taking business and career support to a whole new level – including monthly power sessions, free professional seminars and a 24/7 online business exchange. Uniting thousands of Jewish businesses and job seekers from the far north to the southern suburbs, connected participants are reporting an expanded professional network and actual sales directly resulting from their new contacts. Join thousands of active networkers in sharing trade ideas, developing business growth and creating job opportunities. Frequent events!

Job Link

Chicago Chesed Fund
3557 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 117
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 866-1111
Fax: (773) 478-7591
Email: joblink@rcn.com
Web: http://www.joblinkchicago.org
Contact: Yocheved (Darcy) Ehrman

A placement network for the Greater Chicago Jewish community. Serves both Chicago-area employers and job seekers.

JUF/JF Human Resources Department *

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4840
Fax: (312) 855-2473
Email: careers@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/hr/default.aspx

The largest Jewish nonprofit organization in Chicago recruits staff that combine professionalism with a commitment to improving people’s lives and the community, and provides them with a competitive total compensation and benefits package. The Federation’s work requires high-caliber, qualified personnel in many fields: accounting, communications, endowments and fund raising, facilities management, government affairs, campus affairs, information systems, planning and allocations, and human resources.


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.

ORT America

The Claire and Bob Mazer Family
Metropolitan Chicago Region Office
3701 Commercial Ave., Suite 13
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 291-0475
Fax: (847) 291-7538
Email: chicago@ORTamerica.org
Web: http://www.ORTchicago.org

Committed to strengthening communities throughout the world by educating people, financially supporting schools and programs in 60 countries.


2700 N. Lakeview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 281-3800
Fax: (773) 281-8790
TTY: 773-989-8992

Vocational evaluation, job readiness and job placement services, residential program, school services, The Bridge Deaf Program, drop-in center, young adult program.

UpStart *

560 Mission Street
Suite 1395
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 536-5918
Fax: (415) 549-0578
Email: info@upstartbayarea.org
Web: http://www.upstartbayarea.org
Contact: Erik Ludwig, erik@upstartbayarea.org

UpStart exists to redesign the way Jewish life gets experienced. UpStart Lab: Chicago provides education and training to a highly select group of Jewish social entrepreneurs who are bringing new methodologies and a fresh approach to how to “do Jewish”. Selected UpStarters participate in a non-profit version of the high-tech accelerator designed to give Jewish ventures the “know how” to move from proof-of-concept to sustainable organizations. UpStart also runs a Community of Practice for lay/professional Jewish leaders, and provides innovation support for Chicago's mature Jewish organizations. UpStart Lab: Chicago is a program of UpStart, a national organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What's New in the Guide

Tum Balalaika Band

Offers a wide variety of musical styles for weddings, bar and bat-mitzvahs, corporate events, b-days, anniversaries and concerts.

Cool Ketubah

Not your grandmother's Ketubah. Cool Ketubah is simply that: a good looking, well designed Ketubah that looks like it belongs in the 21st Century. Designed by the Chicago-based graphic designer Jason Pickleman, whose works are in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Cool Ketubah projects the perfect balance between visual sophistication and poetic sentiment.

Puzzle Israel

Intimate and energetic Israeli tourism company that invites tourists and visitors from around the world to tour and get to know Israel. Puzzle's main goal is to give its travelers an Israeli experience "with a twist"; a memorable adventure built around the needs and desires of the traveler. The company focuses on unique and personalized journeys in Israel that do not resemble your standard tour, whether it's the client's first time or tenth time visiting Israel. It is Puzzle's belief, and experience, that exposure to different layers of Israeli society and culture, visits to regions less traveled, and interactive activities, will make the journey that much better and more special.

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