Resources in the Jewish Community

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

The Ark
Seymour Persky Building
6450 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Website: JUF/JF Directory of Services
The ARK is a community based organization which provides the highest quality of medical, paramedical, legal, social welfare and similar human services, for the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of its clients. Services are offered free of charge to the needy.

Chai Lifeline
3856 Oakton, Suite 250
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: Midwest Office (847) 763-1818
Contact: Rivka Ginsparg, MSW, Family Services Coordinator for the Midwest Office
Phone: (888) 763-1819
Fax: (847) 763-1820
Email: Rginsparg@chailifeline.org
Website: www.chailifeline.org
Chai Lifeline is an extensive network of free programs and services designed to help seriously ill children and family members cope with illness. Programs include insurance support service, Chai Lifeline Respite Center, support and counseling, crisis intervention, camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, the Shimmy Golub Grant-a-Wish Fund, and trips to Disney World and Israel for seriously ill children.

Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders**
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
One South Franklin Street
Suite 2910
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4718
Fax: (312) 855-3295
Email: jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org
Website: www.jewishgeneticscenter.org
Contact: Karen Litwack
The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders, a critical health related initiative in our community, seeks to become a voice that translates laboratory discoveries into accessible information for individuals and families through public education and awareness, professional education, screening and prevention programs, information and referral, and advocacy. The Center is a cooperative effort of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Illinois Jewish Genetic Disorders Committee. We are supported by a generous grant from Michael Reese Health Trust.

Chicagoland SSI Coalition
SSI Coalition for a Responsible Safety Net
205 West Monroe Street
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 223-9600
Fax: (312) 223-9518
TTY Number: (312) 223-9600
Information on supplemental security income, advocacy.

EZRA*
One South Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (800) 248-1818
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0019
A multi-service agency providing service programs for the economically disadvantaged.

Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center
909 Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 275-0866
Phone 2: (800) 248-1818
Fax: (773) 275-3917
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0019
Emergency services, community education programs, group services, job placement, and advocacy for the Uptown community poor. HOTLINE: (800) 248-1818

Ida Crown Jewish Academy
Associated Talmud Torahs
2828 West Pratt Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1450
Website: http://www.att.org
Orthodox Jewish coeducation, including Keshet classes for children with disabilities.

Jewish Children’s Bureau

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB) is the official, child caring agency of the Chicago Jewish community. Its motto is, “To Save A Child, Whatever It Takes.” JCB is a comprehensive child welfare agency to which people come with problems related to their children — whether they are infants, school age or young adults. Therapeutic help, through a wide range of services, is provided. With a flexible network of services, JCB makes it possible for a troubled or disabled child or youth to enter the agency service system at the level that best fits individual needs. Participation in healthy family-living is a goal of treatment at the Jewish Children’s Bureau. The agency also has a commitment to work toward improving the lives of all children through consultation, legislative and community action, and through advocacy for better programs for children.

TARGET POPULATION:
Dependent, neglected, abused and emotionally disturbed, as well as disabled children, adolescents and their families in the Chicago area. Maternity services for adolescents or single parents are available. Adoption services are also available.

ADOPTION SERVICES:
Jewish Children’s Bureau includes Traditional and Identified Adoption Programs (agency-assisted private adoption and special needs). Through the Traditional Adoption program, infants and children whose birth parents have signed surrenders to JCB, are placed with Jewish couples, residents of Illinois, who have been studied and approved by the Agency. Through the Identified Adoption program, the Agency provides the full range of services to prospective adoptive parents and birth parents whom they identify to the Agency. Appropriate adoptive families are sought for special needs children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Additionally, home study services, a state requirement, are available. The Jewish Children’s Bureau provides counseling services to identified Illinois birth parents on behalf of Jewish couples in other states and provides necessary services to facilitate such interstate adoptions.

SERVICES TO CHILDREN & FAMILIES IN THEIR OWN HOMES:
The In home services department provides individual, family and group treatment to children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families; Therapeutic Family Day Care Services; services to prospective parents with problem pregnancies, including maternity group home care when needed and exploration of available options, such as, placing a baby for adoption or raising a child; and a wide range of services to children with disabilities and their families including legal advocacy, respite, foster care, and group homes. Services are preventative and rehabilitative. Consultation is available to other agencies, public schools, and professionals who deal with disturbed, disabled children.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT INSTITUTE:
The Child and Adolescent Institute is a center of excellence committed to the development and study of state of the art clinical practices with children and their families. The institute recognizes, nurtures and shares good ideas and practices that promote strength and stability in children and families. Children’s individual and social development, abuse, neglect, trauma, and mental illness are given careful attention. Recognizing the complex nature of these challenges, CAI brings together interdisciplinary partnerships among a range of fields including social work, psychology, special education, pediatric medicine, psychiatry and law. In addition, the Institute provides a variety specialized services, e.g., psychological testing, services to children and families with disabilities, and serves as the agency’s “laboratory” in developing new programs such as Federation Priority Projects. The Institute is also the research, development and continuous quality improve center of the agency.

REFERRAL PROCEDURES:
For residential services, contact Intake Department. For all other services, contact the nearest District Office.

FEES:
The agency has an established competitive fee schedule for all services. Financial assistance is available for those unable to pay the full cost of care. Such assistance is handled on an individual basis with the social worker. Many insurance companies and other third parties such as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois State Board of Education, local Boards of Education, and the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities purchase JCB services.

EMERGENCY CONTACT:
Staff are on 24-hour call for their clients. The agency defines an emergency as a need for immediate casework, referral for immediate placement and/or life endangering situations such as child abuse and/or neglect, suicide. If such an emergency exists and the on-call staff person is unavailable, the Federation emergency number (312) 346-6700 or the EZRA Helpline 1-800-248-1818 can be contacted.

JCB’s staff supervises the EZRA Helpline which is staffed by both volunteers and case aides, and advocacy services, a legal services program for persons with disabilities. Phone: 1-800-248-1818. The Helpline assists callers by providing free, confidential information and referrals, 24 hours-a-day, on dozens of services for the Jewish and general communities.

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
Advocacy Services of the Jewish Federation
One South Franklin Street
Suite 327
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2090
Fax: (847) 855-3754
Website: http://www.jcbchicago.org
Advocacy services provide legal representation, consultation, and referrals on issues such as special education, adult guardianship, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and social security benefits.

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
Central Offices
One South Franklin Street
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2090
Fax: (312) 855-3754
Website: http://www.jcbchicago.org
The official child-caring agency of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Comprehensive therapeutic services to children and their families, including adoption, counseling, therapeutic family day care, education, foster care, group homes, legal advocacy, respite, and a variety of volunteer programs.

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
Northside Child and Family Counseling Center
3344 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 588-6363
Fax: (773) 588-6338
Website: www.jcbchicago.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
Foster Care-Residential Treatment Services Office
7366 North Lincoln Avenue
Suite 300
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 676-6013
Fax: (847) 677-0963
Website: www.jcbchicago.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
The Child and Adolescent Institute
Elaine Kersten Children’s Center
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 498-4350
Fax: (847) 412-4360
Website: www.jcbchicago.org
Established in 1996, the Child and Adolescent Institute is committed to the development and study of the most advanced clinical practices with children and their families. The Institute brings together an interdisciplinary team of professionals from social work, psychology, special education, pediatric medicine and psychiatry to consult with staff and to promote strength and stability in children and families. All services are child focused and careful attention is given to both the child’s individual and social development as well s her/his family situation. The Institute coordinates the recruitment of social work and psychology and other clinical interns from a variety of universities and professional schools, and development of clinical conferences for agency staff and area professionals. Institute staff are available to train staff in other agencies on a variety of clinical topics.

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
North Suburban Child and Family Counseling Center
Elaine Kersten Children’s Center
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 412-4350
Fax: (847) 568-4360
Website: www.jcbchicago.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
South Suburban Child and Family Counseling Center
3649 West 183rd Street
Suite 123
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Phone: (708) 798-1859
Fax: (708) 798-9148
Website: www.jcbchicago.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)*
Northwest Suburban Child and Family Counseling Center
Jacob Duman Building
1250 Radcliffe Road, Suite 202
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 392-8970
Fax: (847) 392-8987
Website: www.jcbchicago.org
Adoption services, including traditional and special-needs adoption, as well as conducting the “Home Study,” an Illinois legal requirement.

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)
Take 5 Respite Care
Roger Bloch Child and Family Counseling Center
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building, 5051 West Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 568-5112
Fax: (847) 568-5125
Website: http://www.jcbchicago.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB)
JCB Yeshiva Day School
6014 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-8366
Fax: (773) 761-5125
Email: jcbyeshiva@writeme.com
Website: http://www.jcbchicago.org/yeshiva.htm
Contact: Rabbi Dr. Douglas Zelden, Rosh Yeshiva
A therapeutic Jewish school/Yeshiva for students grades K-12, unable to be mainstreamed in other Jewish day schools due to their special educational needs.

Jewish Family and Community Service
Mission:
Founded in 1859, Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS) is a family service agency providing mental, health and family social work services. The goal of family social work is to encourage families and individuals to understand and cope more effectively with the tasks of family living and individual adjustments.

TARGET POPULATION:
Jewish Family and Community Service provides social work and a variety of other family services to Chicago’s Jewish community and others.
Services:
Jewish Family and Community Service offers individual, marital, family and group counseling with a family focus. Other services include Family Life Education, emergency financial assistance, Family Advocacy and Homemaker Services. Counseling for the hearing impaired and their families is provided by social workers especially trained in communicating with the hearing impaired. The agency is equipped with a teletypewriter telephone system to facilitate these services (see telephone listing under Niles Township District). The Agency coordinates services to families affected by HIV/AIDS.

VIRGINIA FRANK CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER:
The Center provides a network of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to families with children under six years of age experiencing intra-familial, emotional, or developmental difficulties. Methods of service include family counseling, therapy groups for parents and children, preventive outreach services, and a therapeutic nursery school. The Child Development Center provides preventive drop-in groups for parents and their 0-3 age children. The Center also provides extensive consultation to a range of early childhood programs such as Head Start and nursery schools.

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
In certain situations, assistance is provided to families in crisis. This service is offered in conjunction with counseling.

JFCS/Keshev: 847-568-5200 (voice)
847-568-5240 (TTY)

Sinai Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
773-257-5300 (voice) 773-257-6959 (TTY)
773-257-5330 (fax)

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
Executive Office
One South Franklin Street
Suite 403
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4800
Fax: (312) 855-3750
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013
Provides individual and family counseling, therapeutic nursery school, and child development programs, family life education, services to the deaf and hear-impaired, services for those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, refugee resettlement, and services to the Holocaust community.

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
Central District
205 West Randolph Street
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60606-1814
Phone: (312) 263-5523
Fax: (312) 263-1929
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
Niles Township District
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 West Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 568-5200
Fax: (847) 568-5250
TTY Number: (847) 568-5240
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
North Suburban District
85 Revere Drive, Suite J
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-2882
Fax: (847) 272-1115
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
Northern District
2710 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659-1778
Phone: (773) 274-1324
Fax: (773) 508-0438
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
Northwest Suburban Office
Jacob Duman Building
1250 Radcliffe Road, Suite 206
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-4298
Phone: (847) 392-8820
Fax: (847) 392-3221
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
South Suburban Office
3649 West 183rd Street
Suite 123
Hazel Crest, IL 60429-2409
Phone: (708) 799-1869
Fax: (708) 798-9148
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013

Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS)*
Virginia Frank Child Development Center
3033 West Touhy Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645-2833
Phone: (773) 761-4550
Fax Number: (773) 761-6426
Website: www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0013
A network of services for children and families experiencing emotional and developmental difficulties. Services include family life education programs, counseling, and Therapeutic Nursery School.

Keshet*
3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-0274
Fax: (847) 205-1530
Email: keshet2@aol.com
Website: www.keshet.org
Keshet school, camps, and vocational for children with disabilities.

Refoenu Health Care Society
6342 North Troy Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 973-5161
Contact: Rabbi Tzvi Bider
Cab and pharmacy services on Shabbat and Yom Tov for people who need immediate medical care.

Stars of David International Inc.
Chicago Chapter
Phone: (847) 509-9929
Fax: (847) 509-9545
Email: StarsDavid@aol.com
National, non-profit, all volunteer organization offering information, support, education, resources, and social activities for adoptive families and prospective parents.

HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL CENTERS OFFERING GENETIC COUNSELING, TESTING, AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH JEWISH GENETIC DISORDERS

Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center*
California at 15th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 542-2000
Fax: (773) 257-6208
Email: shs@sinai.org
Website: www.sinai.org
Provides carrier screening through the Refoenu Jewish Health Care Society.

Mount Sinai Touhy Health Center*
2901 West Touhy Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-7353
Provides carrier screening through the Refoenu Jewish Health Care Society.

Refoenu Jewish Health Care Society
Phone: (773) 761-1892
Contact: Dr. Yaakov Friedman
Provides education awareness and screening.

This page last updated on January 10, 2003.