Holocaust Organizations

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

Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois (ADSI)

Formerly Association of Children of Holocaust Survivors
P.O. Box 1544
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (773) 931-6899
Email: primary247@aol.com
Web: http://www.adsillinois.org
Contact: Larry Schwartz

Programs and events for descendants of Holocaust survivors.

Avenue of the Righteous

840 Vernon Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: (847) 835-4800
Contact: Rabbi Harold Kudan

Chicago-area counterpart to Israel's Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles, with its own Avenue at the Evanston Civic Center. Emphasis on education and public awareness.

HIAS Chicago (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Chicago) *

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS Chicago)
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4666
Fax: (312) 855-3291
Email: hiaschicago@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.hiaschicago.org
Contact: Jessica Schaffer

As part of the JCFS family of services, HIAS Chicago provides comprehensive, cost-effective immigration and citizenship services for individuals and families. We provide assistance with the citizenship application process (including citizenship preparation classes), Green Card applications, family-based immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, restitution assistance for Holocaust survivors, along with academic scholarships for college students.

Hidden Children/Child Survivors Chicago

Phone: (312) 664-3769
Email: olgamweiss@gmail.com
Contact: Olga Weiss

Members of this international organization survived the Holocaust, as children in Europe during World War II.

Holocaust Community Services *

CJE SeniorLife
3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 508-1004, (773) 508-1000
Email: hcs@cje.net
Web: http://www.cje.net
Contact: Yonit Hoffman, Director

Provides care management, financial assistance, and socialization programming for survivors living in the Chicagoland area. A collaborative effort of JUF/Federation, CJE SeniorLife, Jewish Child & Family Services, in partnership with HIAS Chicago. Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Holocaust Educational Foundation

Sarah Cushman
Alexandra Israel
Kresge Centennial Hall, Room 3214
1880 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: (847) 467-4088
Email: hef@northwestern.edu
Web: http://hef.northwestern.edu
Contact: Sarah Cushman

Establishes Holocaust courses in colleges and universities. Holds biennial Lessons and Legacies Holocaust International Conference for professors. Established annual Summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. Videotaped Holocaust survivors for inclusion in the Yale Archives for Holocaust Testimony.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center *

9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-4800
Fax: (847) 967-4801
Email: info@ilhmec.org
Web: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org
Contact: Susan L. Abrams

Illinois Holocaust Museum honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations and provides a universal wake-up call to action. The Karkomi Holocaust permanent exhibition weaves history with local Survivor narratives and over 500 artifacts to create a highly personal experience. The Take a Stand Center includes the world's first interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience Theater, followed by three galleries that guide visitors through social justice issues suggesting ways to take action.

Temporary Exhibition Closing January 13, 2019! Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory showcases 60 personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Each item is showcased alongside oversized photos by documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten reflections by Survivors or their family.

Midwest Jewish Council

P.O. Box 59032
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 274-0570

Yearly commemorations of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and continuing remembrance of the Holocaust.

REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

Phone: (312) 927-0490
Email: ethanbensinger@gmail.com
Web: http://storiesofselfhelp-film.com
Contact: Ethan Bensinger

A highly acclaimed documentary that explores the lives of Holocaust survivors and refugees from Chicago and tells the story of a community here that has given refuge to more than 1,000 victims of Nazi persecution from Central Europe. Director Ethan Bensinger is available for programs. Accompanying educational curriculum. No charge to community organizations and schools.

Sheérit HaPleitah

P.O. Box 59006
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: 773-620-3110, (847) 863-9831
Fax: (847) 677-5778
Email: Sheerithapleitahchicago@gmail.com
Web: http://www.sheerithapleitah.com
Contact: Henry Jelen

Umbrella organization for Holocaust survivor groups. Sponsor of Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Regional Midwest Office
P.O. Box 1852
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-8099
Fax: (847) 433-8290
Email: chicago@ushmm.org
Web: http://www.ushmm.org
Contact: Jill Weinberg, Director

Regional office of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum located in Washington D.C. Organizes trips to the Museum in Washington, D.C. Sponsors speaker events and special programs to educate and involve the Chicagoland community in Holocaust remembrance and education. Raises funds throughout the Midwest to support the Museum's national and international work to educate and foster new scholarship about the Holocaust, rescue the evidence of the Holocaust, and inspire people to confront hatred and anti-Semitism and prevent future atrocities.

USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education

University of Southern California
Leavey Library
650 West 35th Street, Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: (213) 740-6001
Fax: (213) 740-6044
Email: vhi-web@usc.edu
Web: http://www.sfi.usc.edu
Contact: Josh Grossberg

Steven Spielberg's digital archive project, which has preserved tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors' testimonies. Currently producing Holocaust education materials based on the testimonies.

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