Youth and Family Services

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

The ARK Sarnoff Levin Residence *

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

Center for Enriched Living *

280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 948-7001
Fax: (847) 948-7621
Email: info@centerforenrichedliving.org
Web: http://www.centerforenrichedliving.org
Contact: Mary Ellen Holt

Exists to enhance and enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from youth through adulthood. CEL's programs provide social, recreational and educational opportunities for our members in our newly renovated Universally Designed building in Riverwoods. CEL is a Charity Navigator four-star rated nonprofit agency. Volunteers are welcome; must be age 15 years.

 

Glenkirk

3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-5111
Fax: (847) 272-7350
Email: info@glenkirk.org
Web: 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
Web: 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
Web: 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
Web: 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
Web: 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.

Madraigos Midwest

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

Madraigos Midwest supports and enhances the emotional, social and spiritual health of adolescents, young adults and their families with an array of innovative prevention and intervention programs and services. We guide, encourage and uplift youth to reach their potential-step by step.

NA'AMAT USA

Greater Chicago Council
10024 N. Skokie Blvd.
Suite 224
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 675-7275
Fax: (847) 329-7174
Email: office@naamatchicago.org
Web: http://www.naamatchicago.org
Contact: Gerri Madenberg

Strives to enhance the quality of life for women, children and families in Israel and the United States. NA'AMAT women act locally, nationally and globally in 11 countries (10 sister countries in addition to Israel), united in belief and in action around issues ranging from religious pluralism to the improvement in the status of women at home and in the workplace, from child well-being to peace in the Middle East, from the ability of single parents and new immigrants to build a life for themselves to the end of domestic violence.

SHALVA *

P.O. Box 46375
Chicago, IL 60646-0375
Phone: (773) 583-4673
Email: info@shalvaonline.org
Web: http://www.shalvaonline.org
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.

Tikkun HaBriet

1834 W Willow Ln
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: 847-290-1880, 847-845-1589
Email: info@TikkunHaBriet.org
Web: 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
Web: http://www.sinai.org

Provides psychological services for families in North and South Lawndale.

What's New in the Guide

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center offers early childhood education programs for children age 15 months through 5 years. JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum. In each classroom, children freely choose from different learning centers throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop their social and problem-solving skills. Group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities, and games add structure to each day.

Dr. Chaim Cember Shaarei Chinuch Day School

At Shaarei Chinuch, we integrate Judaism with the Montessori method, to give each child a comprehensive hands-on learning experience catered to his/her unique talents. Our mission is to help each of our students to reach their full potential, while instilling an excitement for learning that lasts a lifetime. 

Illinois Center for Jewish Studies

The mission of the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies (ICJS) is to provide every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or religious observance, the opportunity to be inspired by and connected to Torah and Judaism. We believe that people learn and develop differently, and that Torah study should be unique to every person's individual journey. ICJS seeks to provide a personalized learning experience to nurture mind and soul in both individual and group settings. The Illinois Center for Jewish Studies hosts weekly educational classes for men and women in bible studies, Jewish philosophy, and special topics. The organization also provides individual one-on-one learning sessions for men to advance their bible knowledge and ability to improve personally. In addition to formal group/individual classes, the organization has seasonal social gatherings in an effort to promote Jewish education, as well as an annual benefit dinner to raise funds for its operations.

 

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