Vocational Services

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide 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) 274-3810
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.

Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute

5440 Fargo Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 324-5588
Fax: (847) 324-5580
Email: info@zg-ort.edu
Web: http://www.zg-ort.edu
Contact: Richard Reeder

Quality, affordable, hands-on technical, business and medical training in a supportive caring environment leading to entry level positional and professional growth opportunities. ACCET Accredited, IBHE approved nonprofit school affiliated with World ORT, which trains over 3,000,000 students worldwide each year. Approved by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to admit non-immigrant international students on a student visa. Students come from 48 countries to learn English, get a marketable profession and American work experience when approved for OPT.

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CJE Counseling

Licensed clinical social workers provide individual and group counseling, as well as support groups, to help older adults and their families identify and resolve issues.


Identifies and addresses the issues, needs, and challenges of adults with disabilities and their families. Professional staff explore resource options, coordinate services and provide assistance with future planning and advocacy. Monthly support groups offer parents the opportunity to discuss their mutual concerns.

JCYS Big City Day Camp

Campers have fun exploring the great city of Chicago at Big City Day Camp! With weekly field trips that offer unique behind-the-scenes experiences, this urban day camp also offers a diverse array of activities with professional sport coaches, artists, musicians and yoga instructors. Swim lessons are provided by Red Cross certified instructors and campers also enjoy Chicago beaches and waterparks. College-aged counselors sprinkle in singing, cooperative games, dancing and arts and crafts, and each Friday is made special with the Jewish tradition of Shabbat.

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