Community Organizations

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

A Wider Bridge Chicago *


Dedicated to creating opportunities for LGBTQ people in North America to engage with Israel and its LGBTQ communities. AWB leads missions of LGBTQ leaders to Israel, brings Israeli LGBTQ leaders and artists to programs across the U.S. and Canada, and publishes a daily online magazine exploring the intersections of LGBTQ and Jewish life, in Israel, North America and around the world.

American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC)

203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-858-7174, 312-858-8197
Fax: 312-346-9603
Contact: Michael Schmitt

Promoting business between the U.S. and Israel.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Midwest Regional Office
P.O. Box A3996
Chicago, IL 60690
Phone: (312) 236-8550
Fax: (312) 236-8530
Contact: Eli Wald, (312) 253-8994

Registered lobbying group for issues affecting U.S./Israel relationships.

American Jewish Committee

Chicago Regional Office
Phone: (312) 251-8800
Fax: (312) 251-8815
Contact: Amy Stoken, Regional Director

AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and other world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to impact opinion and policy on the issues that matter most: combating rising anti-Semitism and extremism, defending Israel's place in the world, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people. AJC Chicago is the local gateway to this international network. Advocacy opportunites available.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) *

711 3rd Ave.
Suite 900
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-6200

Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

American Jewish World Service - Chicago

848 Dodge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 644-0954
Contact: Taal Hasak-Lowy

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.

American Zionist Movement

Chicago Region
P.O. Box 708
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 363-2507
Contact: Guy Hollingswoth, President

Umbrella organization of Zionist member groups to strengthen the connection of American Jews with Israel; encourage travel, long-term visits and Aliyah to Israel; and to facilitate dialogue, debate and collective action to further Zionism.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) *

Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region
120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-533-3939

Fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, securing justice and fair treatment for all. With an array of educational, legislative, diplomatic, and interfaith initiatives, ADL acts as an important resource for the community at large.

B'nai B'rith International

Midwest Region
21 Shoreacres Dr
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Phone: 847-431-7000
Contact: Brad Adolph

Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. Since 1843, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance, in 50 nations worldwide. The Midwest Region includes Illinois, and most of Wisconsin and Indiana.

Chaiway Riders

Phone: (773) 936-0866

Chicago-based Jewish motorcycle touring club, open to individuals and couples; all makes of bikes and riding experience welcome, regardless of riders’ Jewish identity and religious practice.

Chicago Chesed Fund

7045 Ridgeway Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 679-7799
Fax: (847) 679-0870

Assistance for those in need of food, clothing, employment or help in time of crisis.

Decalogue Foundation

134 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 263-6493
Contact: Gerald Schur

Fundraising for scholarships in Chicago area law schools and for Hebrew University Law School. Support for Jewish legal education.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 263-6493
Contact: Aviva Patt

A bar association promoting educational, social, community, legal, and Judaic issues of interest to lawyers.

Descendants of Jewish War Veterans of the USA

"If We Forget, Who Will Remember"
National Headquarters
1811 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009-1659
Phone: (202) 265-6280
Fax: (202) 234-5662
Contact: Tim Clarke, Jr.

Addresses the concerns and problems of family members who served in the nation's armed forces.

Director of Government Affairs

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Contact: Rabbi Shlomo Soroka

Advocacy for the needs and civil rights of Jewish individuals and the 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) 274-2810
Contact: Levi Notik, Director

Language, job placement, and other assistance programs for Russian Jewish émigrés.

Hadassah Associates North Shore Chapter

Women's Zionist Organization of America
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1900
Fax: (847) 205-1909
Contact: Jeff Richardson

Hadassah Associates fundraise and educate for men's health initiatives and offer informative and education programming throughout the year. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization and its cutting edge medical research and technology, we strive to improve the health of people worldwide and find treatments and cures for diseases such as prostate cancer, ALS, macular degeneration, heart disease and more.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive
Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1900
Fax: (847) 205-1909
Contact: Greta Rothschild, President

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore supports the medical research and technology of the world-renowned Hadassah Medical Organization, bringing healing and hope to those around the word. Through state-of-the art medical research and technology, we find treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer, ALS, macular degeneration, MS, heart disease and more. Hadassah women are also a vital voice for advocacy on issues such as sex trafficking, women's health issues, gender equity in medical research and more. Work to support youth with Jewish camping and indigent and immigrant youth in Israel are also a major focus. With more than 11,000 members in the Chicagoland area, we offer opportunities for leadership skill development, Jewish learning, camaraderie and fulfillment. Hadassah women are the Women Who Do.

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
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, and restitution assistance for Holocaust survivors, along with academic scholarships for college students.

The Hinda Institute

9401 N. Margail Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: (847) 296-1770, (847) 334-1770
Fax: (847) 296-1823
Contact: Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman

Services to Jewish prisoners, prison visitation program, support for family members, and help to reintegrate inmates when they leave prison.

Hyde Park/Kenwood Council of Jewish Organizations

5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 753-3080
Fax: (773) 753-3085
Contact: Laurie Goldberg

An umbrella group representing South Side Jewish organizations and producing community events.

Interfaith Worker Justice

1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 728-8400
Fax: (773)728-8409
Contact: Rudy Lopez

Works to improve wages, benefits and working conditions, especially for low-wage workers.

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

30 N. La Salle Street, Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 641-7200

To foster better relations and understanding between Christians and Jews; encourage greater cooperation on issues of shared biblical concern; and build support for Israel and Jews in crisis or need.

Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking Chicago (JCAST Chicago)

5 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 853-8889
Contact: Gayle Nelson

Works to eradicate sex trafficking in the Chicago area through public awareness, community engagement, and advocacy at state, local, and national levels. Partners with interfaith and human rights groups, non-profit organizations, government officials, and law enforcement agencies, and works with congregations, clergy, Jewish organizations, and secular groups to educate the community and take action to end demand for purchased sex and protect children. The coalition meets bimonthly in Chicago and the Northern Suburbs.

JCC Chicago *

30 S. Wells Street, Suite 4000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-775-1804
Fax: 312-775-1818
Contact: Addie Goodman, President/CEO; Jan Shuman, Executive Assistant

JCC Chicago offers a life-affirming journey that builds on the richness and power of Jewish values and continues to reimagine them for a more connected, inspired community. Through a mix of formal and informal education, recreational and cultural activities, JCC Chicago provides quality experiences that enrich the lives of individuals, families and the community. JCC's award-winning preschool programs, summer camps and wide array of activities provide opportunities to bring Jewish values to life through innovative programs designed to meet the needs of everyone from infants to adults. Founded in 1903 to serve the needs of the burgeoning population of Jewish immigrants in Chicago, JCC today serves more than 24,000 Chicago area children, adults and families each year. JCC is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. Programs located throughout the Chicagoland area: Chicago (Lakeview/Rogers Park/Hyde Park), 

Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park

3525 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60659
Contact: Shalom Klein

Strengthening and preserving Chicago's flagship Jewish community in an international neighborhood. JCCWRP is an organization of neighborhood residents and Jewish community leaders who care deeply about the past, the present, and the future of West Rogers Park. We aim to promote and encourage commercial, cultural and residential development designed to sustain a thriving community for generations to come.

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)

4700 N. Ravenswood, Suite B
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (312) 663-0960
Contact: Judy Levey

Works to combat poverty, racism, and anti-Semitism working in partnership with diverse communities in Chicago. JCUA mobilizes the Jewish community to act on social justice issues that address the root causes of disparity and inequality in the city and region. Jewish community members can get involved through membership, regular meetings, events, and leadership development opportunities. Or Tzedek is JCUA's Teen Institute for Social Justice. Offering both year-round programs and immersive summer sessions, Or Tzedek reaches hundreds of teens every year. Teens build advocacy and community organizing skills, take action on meaningful social justice campaigns, and of course, have fun!

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 515
Northbrook, IL 60065
Phone: (312) 666-0100
Contact: Debbie Kroopkin, President

A non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. Monthly meetings feature informative speakers as well as access to an 800-volume genealogy research library and volunteer genealogy help desk. Members also have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members forum, video recordings of past speakers' presentations, the JGSI Jewish Chicago Database, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.

Jewish Labor Committee *

205 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 773-490-1179
Contact: Eli Fishman

Enables the Jewish community and the trade union movement to work together on issues of mutual concern, including the security of Israel, combating anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, and economic and social justice.

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. *

Department of Illinois
P.O. Box 3521
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138
Phone: (847) 390-8762, (312) 859-7373
Contact: Adjutant Joel Fabrikant or PDC Jeffrey Sacks

Open for membership to all Jewish veterans who have served in the US Armed Forces. We are organized into local posts which support veterans in local VA hospitals, uphold the fair name of the Jew, preserve the memories of patriotic service, honor the memory of our heroic dead, foster the education of former service-members, and provide support for active duty service members.

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. Post 54

West Suburban Post 54
1710 S. Highland Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: (630) 469-5433
Contact: Leslie Turner

Open to all U.S. Armed Forces Jewish veterans regardless of where and when served. We support all veterans in local VA hospitals and through community activities, preserve the memories of patriotic service, honor the memory of our heroic dead, foster the education of former service members, and provide support for active duty service members. We meet the second Sunday of every month at Cong. Etz Chaim in Lombard, at 10am (please check our website for exact time and location). You are invited to attend a meeting, become a member, and help us help all veterans.

JPRO Chicago *

30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5015
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2844
Contact: Deborah Shub

The mission of JPRO Chicago is to support individual career growth and the collective growth of our community by serving as a central resource for professional development. JPRO Chicago connects Chicago's Jewish communal professionals to each other, provides training and leadership development opportunities, inspires and strengthens individuals and their organizations, and empowers professionals to make a difference in our community.

Lubavitch Women's Organization

2646 W. Farwell St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 743-4662

Programs for all Jewish denominations.

Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago *

3710 Commercial Ave
Suite 7
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-674-3224
Contact: Joellyn Stoliar, Executive Director

Delivers kosher holiday foods to families and individuals in need throughout the Chicago metropolitan community. Food is delivered for Rosh Hashanah and Passover. Volunteer opportunities exist for all aspects of the delivery—building boxes, packing boxes, and delivering the meals door to door. Everyone is welcome.

Maxwell Street Foundation

P.O. Box 4307
Chicago, IL 60680
Phone: upon request
Contact: Lori Grove

The mission of the Maxwell Street Foundation is to preserve and interpret the history of Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood for future generations. The Foundation presents slide programs at outside venues about historic Maxwell Street; walking tours of the redeveloped Maxwell Street, upon request; and participates with the New Maxwell Street Market on select Sundays of the year operated by the City of Chicago on Desplaines Avenue north of Roosevelt Rd. The Foundation sells Maxwell Street-themed items on its website, and accepts donations of Maxwell Street artifacts and memorabilia for its archive and collection. The Foundation provides research in its archive upon request, for a donation. The Foundation assists new research on historic or contemporary aspects of Maxwell Street and the Market. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Chicago North Shore
5 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-853-8889
Contact: Melissa Prober

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For over a century, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW's collective voice has changed the world for the better -- improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.

National Council of Jewish Women South Cook (NCJW)

P.O. Box 982
Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (815) 806-9248

For 96 years, NCJW South Cook Section has addressed the needs of our South Suburban Chicago communities through dedication to improving the lives of women, children, and families, community service, and advocacy programs to preserve our individual rights and freedoms. We are advocates, tutors, readers, art appreciation volunteers, local agency board members, actors and singers who entertain special needs populations, supporters of local emergency shelters, lunch servers, donors, event planners, and so much more. We are proud to partner with other local agencies to provide the most comprehensive programs to assist those in need in our communities.

Pushing the Envelope Farm *

1700 Averill Road
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-578-3313

A community farm and education center in Chicagoland's Fox Valley serving the greater metropolitan Chicago area. The farm explores Jewish connection to the land, provides hands-on educational experiences, and offers the opportunity to experience sustainable agriculture firsthand. The farm provides a wide variety of custom programs, such as educational programs and workshops for people of all ages and groups such as schools, synagogues, churches, home school and scout groups either on the farm or off the farm. The 14-acre site hosts organic farm that grows anything from small plots to multiple acres of land.

Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC)

564 W. Randolph Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 646-2571
Fax: (312) 646-2501
Contact: Jeremy Wynes, Midwest Regional Director

Fosters and enhances ties between the American Jewish-community and Republican decision-makers.


P.O. Box 46375
Chicago, IL 60646-0375
Phone: (773) 583-4673
Contact: Carol Ruderman

Supports Jewish women experiencing and healing from domestic abuse, through counseling, supportive services and education. Free, confidential services include: 24-hour help/crisis line, individual and group counseling, legal support, financial assistance, case management and referrals.


6677 N. Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: 312-767-2045
Contact: Eve Kleinerman

Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Shomrim Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 59258
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 506-0171
Contact: Lieutenant Tamara Margolis, C.P.D.

Society of Illinois is a fraternal organization of Jewish Law Enforcement Officers from Chicago and surrounding areas.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Midwest Region
180 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 981-0105

Global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

Skokie Cteen

Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-677-1770

Skokie Cteen aims to transform the sometimes-tumultuous teen years into years of Jewish growth and self-discovery. We offer creative and educational programs including weekly meetings, monthly Shabbat dinners, and occasional trips, as well as opportunities to volunteer and do for others. Cteen is a place for kids to relax and connect with one another while experiencing Judaism in a relevant and stimulating fashion. Cteen engages teens in charitable and humanitarian projects, and helps them realize the special joy and satisfaction which comes from giving. CTeen increases Jewish awareness and pride, and helps our youth appreciate the richness of our beautiful traditions. By building strong relationships and fostering leadership skills, we are growing the Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Skokie Cteen is for Jewish teens, regardless of affiliation.

South Suburban Cooperative Jewish Council (CJC) *

Vineyard Church
3400 W. 196th Street
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Phone: (708) 798-1884
Fax: (708) 798-9148

Association of South Suburban Jewish institutions -- Shir Tikvah, Temple Anshe Sholom a Beth Torah, Joliet Jewish Congregation, JUF South Suburban Community Services Office, JCC Chicago, Chai Unit B'nai B'rith, National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section, and Jewish War Veterans Pvt. Sam Neivelt Post #407. The South Suburban CJC was formed to increase affiliation of its respective organizations and to provide services more efficiently to strengthen the Jewish community of the southern suburbs.

Springfield Jewish Federation

1045 Outerpark Drive, Suite 320
Springfield, IL 62704-5126
Phone: (217) 787-7223
Fax: (212) 787-7470

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.


Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Bais Chaim Dovid

Orthodox Shul in Lincolnwood