Medical Resources

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

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Division of Genetics
1875 Dempster Street, Suite 285
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 723-7705
Fax: (847) 723-8675

Genetic testing and counseling.

Amigo Mobility International

6693 Dixie Highway
Bridgeport, MI 48722
Phone: (800) 821-2710

Use your power operated vehicle/mobility scooter on the Sabbath! The Amigo Shabbat satisfies the "no work" Sabbath restriction. With no throttle lever activation by the rider, the module's timing circuit sets the chair into idle motion after a short delay. The Amigo Shabbat provides a halachically-approved mobility vehicle for people to honor the Sabbath. Every Amigo Shabbat unit is individually inspected and certified by a Zomet Institute representative. Discover more at

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 227-4000, (800) 543-7362 (appointments)

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism provides a full range of services for the diagnosis, counseling and treatment of patients with genetic and congenital disorders.

The ARK Northwest *

3100 Dundee Road, Suite 802
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (847) 272-5330
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services at the site include case management, a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, job counseling, delivery of medications from The ARK's pharmacy, and other services as needed. The ARK Northwest is open Mondays 9:00-7:30, Tuesdays 9:00-5:00, Wednesdays 1:00-5:00, Thursdays 9:00-5:00, and Fridays 9:00-2:00.

The ARK Seymour H. Persky Building *

Main Listing
6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services include medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, rent and utility assistance, food, transitional housing, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, case management, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for people with ongoing mental health needs, and more.

Canavan Foundation

450 West End Avenue, #6A
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (877) 907-1847
Fax: (866) 907-1847

Educates at-risk populations about Canavan disease and other Jewish genetic diseases and the reproductive options available to carrier couples. Encourages carrier screening for these diseases whenever appropriate. In addition, the foundation supports research that searches for treatments and a cure for Canavan disease.

Canavan Research Illinois

P.O. Box 5823
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (800) 833-2194

A 501(c)(3) charity, funding medical research to cure Canavan disease, networking affected families, and raising awareness of carrier testing for this fatal childhood neurodegenerative disease.

Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics *

30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-357-4718, 312-357-4988
Contact: Jason Rothstein

The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics is an educational resource for hereditary cancers and Jewish genetic disorders. Working closely with clergy, healthcare professionals, support organizations and dedicated individuals, the Center strives to inform community members and raise awareness of available options, including its own subsidized genetic counseling and screening program, so they can plan for a healthy future.

Chai Lifeline Midwest/Chai Lifeline Midwest Camp Simcha/Simcha Special *

6600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Suite 300
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 763-1818, (888) 763-1819
Fax: (847) 763-1820

Provides free and year-round support services to families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Kosher, medically supervised overnight camps for seriously ill children and teens.

Dysautonomia Foundation

Chicago Chapter
514 Pleasant Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-6217
Fax: (847) 432-9065
Contact: Peggy Miller

Funds research for better treatment of familial dysautonomia, a Jewish Genetic Disorder.

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

1 E. Wacker Dr.
Suite 2430
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 755-0198
Fax: (312) 803-0138

Great Lakes Clinical Trials

5149 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 275-3500

Independent, phase I-IV clinical trial center specializing in the study of investigational medications, food products and supplements for the treatment of chronic diseases, notably in psychiatry, neurology and pain management.

Hatzalah Chicago

PO Box 59816
Chicago, IL 60659

Hatzalah Chicago is an all-volunteer Emergency Medical Service that is 85-members strong! We are an Advanced Life Support Ambulance Provider whose role is to treat and stabilize patients for transport to the hospital. Hatzalah Chicago provides emergency medical response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to all who need it, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Our mission is to improve medical outcomes and save lives by enhancing existing emergency medical services in the Chicagoland area. We currently service: West Rogers Park, Peterson Park, Skokie and Lincolnwood. We only provide emergency transportation to emergency departments; not for scheduled appointments or doctor's office visits. Emergency Hotline: 847-504-1500. General info: . CPR courses: . Non-Emergency: 847-454-0800.



In Shifra's Arms

Jewish Support for the Pregnant Woman
Chicago, IL Phone: 888-360-5872, 202-573-7611

In Shifra's Arms offers free prenatal crisis counseling, pregnancy plan coaching, specialized referrals, and targeted financial assistance to women over the course of their pregnancies and the year after birth. We treat every women with compassion, respect and kindness whatever she chooses for her pregnancy. Every woman needs to make choices about her future for herself-but no woman should have to go it alone. Our confidential Helpline is always accessible: 1-888-360-5872 or text us at 202-573-7611.

Jewish Care Services of JourneyCare

2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (224) 770-2489
Contact: Rhonda Wehner

JourneyCare respects your preferences and choices, and is sensitive to your religious and cultural needs. The team includes several rabbis, social workers and volunteers trained in Jewish customs and values. JourneyCare's Jewish Care Services program combines the expert care of one of the most respected and comprehensive palliative care and hospice programs in the nation with specialized care that is sensitive to Jewish practices and traditions. JourneyCare is the only hospice in Illinois with a program that is specifically dedicated to addressing the range of Jewish observances as well as ritual and cultural issues.

Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center

NorthShore University HealthSystem
Highland Park Hospital
777 Park Ave. West
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 480-2727

Dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions. Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse the collection and enjoy a relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital. Personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Gaucher Foundation

61 General Early Drive
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (800) 504-3189

National MPS Society (Mucopolysaccharidosis)

P.O. Box 14686
Durham, NC 27709-4686
Phone: (877) MPS-1001, (919) 806-0101
Contact: Barbara Wedehase

National Neimann-Pick Disease Foundation

P.O. Box 49
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0049
Phone: (877) 287-3672, (920) 563-0930
Fax: (920) 563-0931

We are a non-profit group dedicated to supporting and empowering patients and families affected by Niemann-Pick disease through education, collaboration and research.

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association

2001 Beacon St.
Suite 204
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: (800) 906-8723, (617) 277-4463
Fax: (617) 277-0134
Contact: Susan Kahn

Dedicated to funding research for cures and treatments, prevention through screening and education. Information and support services for individuals and families affected by Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related genetic diseases.

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Genetic Counseling Services
Evanston Hospital
2650 N. Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 570-2864
Contact: Julie Frias

Prenatal, preconception and pediatric genetic counseling.

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

1550 Bishop Court
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: (847) 685-9900, (888) 707-2462
Contact: Jeff Okazaki

Provides caring and compassionate services to people with serious illness and their families. For more than 31 years, Rainbow has been a non-profit, community-based organization serving all of Chicagoland. In addition, Rainbow Hospice provides extensive bereavement services including the Good Mourning program for children, all free of charge to hospice families.

Refoenu Health Care Society

6333 N. Troy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-4005
Contact: Rabbi Yisroel Matzliach

Medical referrals and advocacy. Provides cab and pharmacy services on Shabbat and Yom Tov for those needing immediate medical care.

Reproductive Genetics Innovations

2910 Macarthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 400-1515
Fax: (847) 400-1516

Pre-implantation diagnosis for chromosomal and genetic disorders, including those common among Ashkenazi Jews.

Rush University Medical Center

Genetic Disorders Program
1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 710
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-6298

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital *

1401 S. California Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 522-2010
TTY: (773) 522-2032
Contact: Carrie M. Brethauer

Inpatient, subacute, and outpatient programs specializing in stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, pediatrics, and general neuromuscular & musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is the Midwest's first fully licensed and accredited rehabilitation hospital and is proud to celebrate delivering quality patient focused care for over 90 years. Inpatient, outpatient physical medical and rehabilitation services for children and adults. A member of Sinai Health System.

Second Act Cancer Recovery Boutique

2924 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-525-2228, 312-560-3076
Fax: 773-348-2228

Downtown Chicago's only ABC accredited cancer recovery boutique providing post breast surgery and compression garments, wigs, hats, scarves and accessories for cancer patients and survivors.

Sinai Health System *

1500 S Fairfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 542-2000
Fax: (773) 257-6208
TTY: (773) 257-6289

United Leukodystrophy Foundation

224 N. Second Street
Suite 2
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 748-3211, (800) 728-5483
Fax: (815) 748-0844
Contact: Paula K. Brazeal, President

What's New in the Guide

Jewish Enrichment Center

The Jewish Enrichment Center is a laboratory school that raises a child's voice in Jewish learning. Since 2011, we've run an independent Sunday and afterschool in Hyde Park, Chicago, where children are co-creators of Judaism. The Jewish Enrichment Center is recognized nationally as an exceptional model of deep, personalized Jewish children's learning. At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children ask questions, generate ideas, and bring Jewish texts to life for themselves. Using art and drama and clay, children dialogue with peers and with our ancient tradition, simultaneously growing their Jewish literacy as well as skills for critical and creative thinking and compassionate listening. Our environment teaches children to pursue dignity for all humanity. Now open for infant/toddlers through middle school.


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Bais Chaim Dovid

Orthodox Shul in Lincolnwood