Special Education

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

Chicago Yachad

3200 W. Touhy Ave.
2nd Floor
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (844) 4-YACHAD
Fax: (866) 454-1320
Email: cohene@ou.org
Web: http://yachad.org/chicago
Contact: Elliot Cohen

Dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their inclusion in the full spectrum of Jewish life. Offering social, recreational, educational, clinical, and vocational services for individuals ages 7 to 40+.

Dr. Oscar A. and Bernice Novick PTACH Special Education Program *

Associated Talmud Torahs
4600 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-1670
Web: http://www.att.org
Contact: Susan Feuer

Serves Jewish children with learning challenges.

ET Learning Connections

2857 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773-807-1083
Email: etlearningconnections@gmail.com
Web: http://www.etlearningconnections.com
Contact: Esther Tarkieltaub, LBS1

EtLearning Connections focuses on each client's individual needs devising custom tailored programs to meet those needs. ET Learning Connections empowers children with diverse tools to bring out the potential in your child implementing hands on multi-sensory learning approaches and strategies that promote learning and positive mindset. Wilson Certified, Fast Forward and Social ThinkingR Provider IDEA Vendor Providing remedial services in all areas of early literacy,reading, writing in Hebrew and General studies, executive functioning and social skills. With the right support every child can succeed! Sign up for educational and motivational newsletters by emailing  etlearningconnections@gmail.com

The Friendship Circle

The Stuart Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
2095 Landwehr Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Email: info@fcil.org
Web: http://www.FCIL.org
Contact: Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz

Empowering today's teens to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the community. Offering friendship, social, Judaic and educational experiences.

Hebrew Seminary

A Rabbinical School for Deaf & Hearing
4435 W. Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-4113
Fax: (847) 677-7945
Email: abrown@hebrewseminary.org
Web: http://www.hebrewseminary.org
Contact: Alison Brown

The mission of Hebrew Seminary is to train women and men as rabbis and Jewish educators to serve all Jewish communities, including the deaf community. Hebrew Seminary has been an inclusive and egalitarian community for the study and practice of Judaism since our founding in 1992. Our program encourages the highest commitment to traditional scholarship, such as Talmud, Bible, and Hebrew, as well as the spiritual discipline of Kabbalah. This teaches our students to be scholars, educators, and leaders, as well as spiritual guides who can hear and share the voice of God with members of their communities.

Therapeutic Day School & Yeshiva *

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS Chicago)
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3900
Email: therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.JCFS.org/TDS
Contact: Sandra Spicher

As part of the JCFS family of services, the Therapeutic Day School (TDS) uses a strengths-based approach to the education of K-12+ students with diverse academic, social and emotional needs. By providing behavioral and emotional support, students are given the skills to succeed both inside and out of the classroom while gaining a sense of belonging and community.

The JCFS Therapeutic Yeshiva, an extension of TDS, offers religiously observant children the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic school program while also fulfilling the mitzvah of learning Torah and tefillah. 

Virginia Frank Child Development Center *

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS Chicago)
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Kathy Ham

As part of the JCFS family of services, the Virginia Frank Child Development Center offers therapeutic preschool for children birth to six years old, along with individual and family counseling, and training for early childhood professionals.

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

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