Youth and Family Services

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

Center for Enriched Living *

280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods
IL
60015
Phone: (847) 948-7001
Fax: (847) 948-7621
Email: info@centerforenrichedliving.org
URL: http://www.centerforenrichedliving.org
Contact: Michael Welsh

For more than 50 years, the Center for Enriched Living has enhanced and enriched the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from youth through adulthood. CEL's programs provide social, recreational, employment and educational opportunities for our members in our renovated Universally Designed building in Riverwoods as well as throughout the community. CEL has been accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and designated as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for 5 consecutive years a standard only achieved by 19% of the charities evaluated in America.

Glenkirk

3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: (847) 272-5111
Fax: (847) 272-7350
Email: info@glenkirk.org
URL: http://www.glenkirk.org
Contact: Kori Larson

Provides support and services, which empower individuals with developmental disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life. Advocates 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.

InterfaithFamily Chicago *

922 Davis St
Evanston
IL
60201
Phone: 847-778-1938
Email: reind@interfaithfamily.com
URL: http://www.interfaithfamily.com/chicago
Contact: Rabbi Reni Dickman

Resource to bring personal, local services to interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life and to the Jewish professionals and organizations who want to welcome them.

Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS)

150 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 640
Chicago
IL
60601
Phone: (312) 726-8891
Fax: (312) 726-7920
Email: info@jcys.org
URL: http://www.jcys.org
Contact: Barbara Haworth

Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland's children, and through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.

Jewish Women International

Phone: (800) 343-2823
Email: arubin@jwi.org
URL: 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
URL: 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.

NA'AMAT USA

Midwest Region
PO Box 594
Highland Park
IL
60035
Phone: 312-815-9083
Email: midwest.area@naamat.org
URL: http://www.naamat.org
Contact: Felicia Gross, Midwest Region Director

NA'AMAT plays a pivotal role in helping Israelis survive and thrive. Our Mission is to improve their lives through our critical network of women's empowerment and rights centers, daycare centers, youth villages, high schools, scholarship funds, legal aid bureaus, domestic violence shelter and more. Our vision is to work toward a vibrant, inclusive, egalitarian Israel where all citizens and families have access to the resources they need to thrive.

SHALVA *

P.O. Box 46375
Chicago
IL
60646-0375
Phone: (773) 583-4673
Email: hope@shalvacares.org
URL: http://www.shalvaonline.org
Contact: Marlene Copeland

Since 1986 SHALVA has been the expert in Jewish relationships and abuse for the Chicago community and serves the entire metropolitan area. Our counseling and supportive services are free and tailored to each client's unique circumstances. Services include a 24-hour helpline; domestic violence information; safety planning; individual and group counseling (virtual and in-person); financial assistance; legal support; case management and referrals. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, SHALVA can help.

The ARK Sarnoff Levin Residence *

6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago
IL
60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
URL: 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.

Tikkun HaBriet

1834 W Willow Ln
Mount Prospect
IL
60056
Phone: 847-290-1880 , 847-845-1589
Email: info@TikkunHaBriet.org
URL: http://www.TikkunHaBriet.org
Contact: Phil and Helen Kornick

Tikkun HaBriet (Healing the Covenant), the only Jewish-based program that helps give struggling couples (and those stuck in a rough patch) another chance to redefine their marriage. This program begins the process of examining your goals and values and teach some new tools to rebuild into your loving relationship. Tikkun HaBriet is based on another faith's program that has been around for 40 years. Couples of all faiths, interfaith or no faith are welcome to attend. Without attention and care, marriages wither and couples slowly and quietly drift apart or are often torn apart by health, financial events or hurtful actions. Far too many couples live in misery, no longer feeling the joy of their once loving relationship. If you are experiencing challenges in your marriage, the Tikkun HaBriet Program may be able to help give your marriage another chance. Couples come to Tikkun HaBriet for many reasons, but you will never be asked why you are attending or be required to share. 

Under the Rainbow *

Sinai Health System
California Ave. at 15th Street
Chicago
IL
60608
Phone: (773) 257-4750
Fax: (773) 257-4753
URL: http://www.sinai.org

Provides psychological services for families in North and South Lawndale.

Upward Community

3557 W Peterson Ave
#122
Chicago
IL
60659
Phone: 773-478-6000
Email: info@madraigosmidwest.org
URL: http://www.madraigosmidwest.org
Contact: Rachel Karesh; Yankie Greenberger

Upward Community is committed to developing emotionally healthy children, teens and young adults. We empower youth by creating safe spaces dedicated to fostering connections and building resilience, while supporting parents and educators as they navigate the challenges of raising children into healthy adults.

What's New in the Guide

The Synagogue Security Council of North America

The Synagogue Security Council of North America is a 501c3 non-profit organization singularly focused on developing effective volunteer first responders within our own communities. SSCNA's mission is to make our synagogues and Jewish institutions safer by providing lifesaving skills and technology to committed community members, helping to cultivate cost-free, capable and effective first responders within every minyan. We do this by providing standardized technology systems, real-time intelligence, training and certification programs to community volunteers, giving them the necessary tools and skills to help prevent or respond to a targeted attack.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz, C.M.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz is a certified Mohel, recognized internationally. Practicing since 2014, he has performed hundreds of circumcisions and procedures across the United States of America, England & Israel.

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