Youth and Family Services

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

The ARK Sarnoff Levin Residence *

6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
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.

Center for Enriched Living *

280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 948-7001
Fax: (847) 948-7621
Email: info@centerforenrichedliving.org
Web: http://www.centerforenrichedliving.org

A nonresidential, nonprofit agency providing social, recreational, and skill development programming for people with developmental disabilities. Volunteers must be 15 years old or older.

Glenkirk

3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-5111
Fax: (847) 272-7350
Email: info@glenkirk.org
Web: http://www.glenkirk.org
Contact: Kori Larson

Provides support and services, which empower individuals with developmental disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life. Advocate for and provides support and service based on the principles of informed choice, personal dignity, responsibility and individualization thereby enhancing the quality of life for all those whom Glenkirk serves.

InterfaithFamily Chicago *

Phone: (312) 550-5665, (312) 470-6071
Email: arim@interfaithfamily.com
Web: http://www.interfaithfamily.com/chicago
Contact: Rabbi Ari Moffic

Resource to bring personal, local services to interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life and to the Jewish professionals and organizations who want to welcome them.

Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS)

180 W. Washington Street
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 726-8891
Fax: (312) 726-7920
Email: jthomason@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org
Contact: John Thomason

Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland's children, and through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.

Jewish Women International

Phone: (800) 343-2823
Email: arubin@jwi.org
Web: http://www.jwi.org
Contact: Amy Rubin

Seeks a safe world for women, children, and families and combats violence through education, advocacy, and action locally, nationally, and around the world. Programs and resource guides.

Little Friends Inc.

140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 355-6533
Web: http://www.littlefriendsinc.com
Contact: Tammy Niemeyer

Serves children and adults with developmental, emotional or behavioral disabilities: early intervention, alternative schools, family support, vocational training and community-based residential services, services to children with autism.

NA'AMAT USA

Greater Chicago Council
10024 N. Skokie Blvd.
Suite 224
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 675-7275
Fax: (847) 329-7174
Email: office@naamatchicago.org
Web: http://www.naamatchicago.org
Contact: Gerri Madenberg

Strives to enhance the quality of life for women, children and families in Israel and the United States. NA'AMAT women act locally, nationally and globally in 11 countries (10 sister countries in addition to Israel), united in belief and in action around issues ranging from religious pluralism to the improvement in the status of women at home and in the workplace, from child well being to peace in the Middle East, from the ability of single parents and new immigrants to build a life for themselves to the end of domestic violence.

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.

Under the Rainbow *

Sinai Health System
California Ave. at 15th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 257-4750
Fax: (773) 257-4753
Web: http://www.sinai.org

Provides psychological services for families in North and South Lawndale.

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Introduction to Judaism

An 18-week program designed for individuals and couples from Jewish and various other faith backgrounds who want to explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, Jewish values, symbols and traditions, and Jewish liturgy and texts. Introduction to Judaism is ideal for those who are part of a Jewish family, are considering conversion, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life. Co-sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. Classes are offered at several locations around Chicago and the suburbs in the fall, winter and spring.

A Taste of Judaism

Curious about Judaism? A Taste of Judaism is designed for those who are curious about Judaism. These free three weekly sessions focus on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values, and community. Sessions are dynamic and interactive; the teachers are engaging and accessible and are open to all of your questions and concerns. Whether you are simply curious about Judaism or are looking to take your next steps on your Jewish journey you have come to the right place! All are welcome. Program offered at several locations across Chicago and suburbs in the fall, winter and spring. 

Haym Salomon Center

A news and public policy group that produces content often ignored by traditional media outlets. Works to change the media's cultural narrative on Israel and Islamic extremism, combat anti-Semitism and defend Western civilization.

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