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

    Yad B' Yad *

    Jewish Child & Family Services
    Abe and Ida Cooper Center
    6639 N. Kedzie Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)

    Volunteer program bringing together Jewish young adults with developmental disabilities and young Jewish volunteers for social, cultural and religious activities.

    Yana Fayn

    Phone: (847) 668-7464

    Singer, teacher, performer, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Italian and Broadway for all occasions. Liturgical music from Shabbat services to High Holidays. Bar and bat mitzvah tutoring and service.

    Year Course

    Young Judaea
    575 8th Ave., 11th Floor
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: (917) 595-2100
    Fax: (646) 649-2422
    Contact: Ekka Adler

    The original Gap Year in Israel, gives recent high school graduates, ages 17-19,  the opportunity to step out into the world, gain valuable life experience and skills, and begin the transition into independence. Earn up to 30 college credits while learning Hebrew; living with peers from the United States, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom, and around the world; participating in volunteer activities; and developing a Jewish identity before heading off to college or university.

    Yeshiva Migdal Torah

    Jewish Learning Center
    2728 W. Pratt Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: (773) 465-7600
    Fax: (773) 465-4554

    Yeshiva Ohr Boruch-The Veitzener Cheder *

    Associated Talmud Torahs
    2828 W. Pratt Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60654
    Phone: (773) 262-0885
    Fax: (773) 262-2016
    Contact: Rabbi Moshe Unger, Dean

    Orthodox school for boys, grades Nursery-8. Hebrew studies are taught in Yiddish.

    Yeshiva Women *

    Hebrew Theological College
    7135 N. Carpenter Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    Phone: (847) 982-2500
    Fax: (847) 674-6381

    Organizes educational and social programs and fundraising for HTC.

    Yeshiva Yaakov Ovenu, YYO Introductions, YYO Singles

    6800 N. California Ave.
    Unit 1S
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: (847) 745-8021, (847) 840-4269
    Fax: (847) 745-8021
    Contact: Sheila Segall

    Dedicated to helping fellow Jews, providing Torah and chesed to those in need. Torah classes, home study programs, YYO Singles, YYO Introductions, Better Beginnings (relationship enhancement), seminars, Mishmeres Shmiras HaLoshon of Chicago, Clothes Committee (collects and distributes clothing to those in need), Pesa Bas HaRav Eliezer Shtick Gmach (shtick, arches for chasunas). All services are free of charge.

    Yeshivas Brisk

    3000 W. Devon Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60659
    Phone: (773) 274-1177
    Fax: (773) 274-6559

    Training of rabbis, teachers, and laymen for Jewish leadership; for men only.

    Yeshivas Hakayitz Summer Camp *

    Hebrew Theological College
    7135 N. Carpenter Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    Phone: (847) 982-2500, (847) 323-0203
    Fax: (847) 674-6381
    Contact: Rabbi Yosef Polstein

    An alternative residential camping experience located on the suburban campus of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie. Open to boys grade 6th through 11th. The 200 campers and staff represent fifty communities world-wide and offers a world class and very unique experience for boys who are eager to have fun, play sports, make friends, and who have lots of ruach. Mornings are dedicated to Torah study with instruction conducted on several levels regardless of background. Afternoons are league sports and bunk activities. Evenings are trips to best of Chicago's attraction. The four-week camp runs the Month of July. Scholarships are available.

    Yeshivas Meor HaTorah of Chicago

    3635 W. Devon Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: (773) 465-0419
    Fax: (773) 465-0520
    Contact: Eliyahu Millen

    Orthodox boys Yeshiva high school.

    Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi *

    Associated Talmud Torahs
    6317 N. California Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60659
    Phone: (773) 973-6150
    Fax: (773) 973-0830
    Contact: Rabbi Nosson Muller, Menahel/Principal

    A state-accredited Orthodox day school for boys, kindergarten through eighth grade; onsite REACH program; onsite Keshet classes for children with developmental disabilities.

    Yiddish Arts Ensemble

    511 Woodlawn Ave.
    Glencoe, IL 60022
    Phone: (847) 835-5135
    Contact: Lynn Shapiro

    A professional touring theater troupe that performs in English, incorporating traditional Yiddish stories with klezmer music.

    Yiddish Music Archives

    721 Case Street
    Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: (847) 475-3905
    Contact: Kurt Bjorling

    A large collection of recorded and printed resources for the study of traditional klezmer music; available for purchase.

    Yiddish Services

    8914 N. Central Park
    Evanston, IL 60203-1815
    Phone: (847) 675-3335
    Fax: (847) 675-0224
    Contact: Dr. Khane-Faygl (Anita) Turtletaub

    Translations, lessons and classes, lectures, Yiddish proverbs, Jewish humor.

    Yom Chadash/Matan Meitel

    Phone: (773) 344-4394, (847) 724-3731
    Contact: David Ivaz

    Young Adult Division (YAD) of Anshe Emet Synagogue *

    3751 N. Broadway Street
    Chicago, IL 60613

    Provides young Jewish adults with opportunities to meet, pray, play, learn, and give back in a community setting.

    Young Israel of Northbrook Congregation

    3545 Walters Ave.
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    Phone: (847) 480-9462
    Contact: Rabbi Herschel Berger


    Young Israel of Skokie

    8746 East Prairie Road
    Skokie, IL 60076
    Phone: (847) 329-0990
    Contact: Rabbi Gershon Schaffel


    Young Israel of West Rogers Park

    2706 W. Touhy Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: (773) 501-4728
    Contact: Rabbi Elisha Prero

    Modern Orthodox congregation.

    Young Leadership Division (YLD) *

    Jewish United Fund
    30 S. Wells Street
    Chicago, IL 60606-5056
    Phone: (312) 357-4880

    The Young Leadership Division of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is committed to building a better Jewish community in Chicago, Israel, and throughout the world. We achieve this mission by raising funds for JUF's agencies and initiatives, and by offering a variety of educational, leadership and social events for young adults between the ages of 22 and 40ish.

    Your Eldercare Consultants (CJE Geriatric Care Management) *

    CJE SeniorLife
    3003 W. Touhy Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    Phone: (773) 508-1000, (773) 508-1015
    Fax: (773) 508-1028
    Contact: Joan Richman Ente, Manager

    Your Eldercare Consultants have advanced degrees in social work with training in gerontology and can help older adults and their families manage the transitions of aging through a wide array of services including: managing Medicare and private insurance paperwork, planning for the future and use of assets, helping with a move to a new home, bill paying, hiring and supervising home caregivers and reporting regularly on a loved one's well-being.

    Your Songs Inc.

    181 W. Fabish Dr.
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    Phone: (847) 541-7293, (800) 338-SONG
    Fax: (847) 459-0871

    Jewish music and gifts for bar/bat mitzvahs.

What's New in the Guide


• Early childhood education 

• Internship program for social work and psychology

• Pharmacy Technician Training 

• Janitorial Training program


• Recovery from addiction and substance abuse prevention 

• Adoption and infertility 

• Support during illness, grief and loss

• Domestic violence 

• Sexual abuse prevention 

• Connections to counseling, education and prevention services through synagogue partnerships 


• Community-based group living 

• Support and assistance for independent living 

• Home-based waiver for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities 

• Specialized recreational camp for children and teens atCamp Firefly

• Job training and customized employment opportunities