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: Alan Spector, President

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.

JCYS Northwest Family Center

1700 Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 279-0900
Email: nsamuels@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org
Contact: Naomi Samuels

Encourages children's creativity, fosters self-esteem and socialization, and establishes a love of learning with developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum. Infant & toddler care, preschool & kindergarten enrichment, before & after school programs, Horner Grove Summer Day Camp. Serves families of all backgrounds and provides children with the quality care and education they deserve.

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

Offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. Programs are designed to nurture each child's individual spirit, imagination, confidence and talents.

Jewish Women International

9227 Ida Lane
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (800) 343-2823, (847) 373-3535
Fax: (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.

SHALVA *

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

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.

Stars of David International

3175 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062-1915
Phone: (773) 274-1527
Email: starsdavid@aol.com
Web: http://www.starsofdavid.org

An information and support network for Jewish and interfaith adoptive families.

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

Services for abused children.

What's New in the Guide

UpStart

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.

Tiny Tots Inc.

An established licensed daycare for children from 6 weeks up to 6 years of age. Founded in 2008 by a loving Israeli-American mother with three young children of her own. Unique Hebrew immersion program enables children to learn in a truly bilingual environment with exposure to both Jewish and American culture. Nutritious kosher meals and snack provided. Full-time care available between 7:30am - 5:30pm Monday thru Friday.

Bayit Afterschool

Founded in Fall 2013, Evanston's Bayit brings together a diverse community of Jewish kids and families through a welcoming, convenient, fun and camp-like afterschool "home." Bayit immerses children ages 4-10 in exploration of Jewish identity while simultaneously offering needed, high-quality afterschool childcare for busy families. Children bond through play while exploring the arts, spirituality and Hebrew.

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