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Holocaust Programs

Holocaust:  Local Organizations

The Holocaust Educational Foundation
3130 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
847 676-3700 or 847 676-1952
Fax: 847 676-3706
Web site:

The Holocaust Educational Foundation is devoted to preserving the reality of the Holocaust for future generations through education programs and assists hundreds of institutions of higher learning in the United States in establishing and improving Holocaust studies programs.
Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois
4255 W Main St.
Skokie, IL 60076
847 677-4640

Since 1980's, the leading advocate for and provider of Holocaust education in the State of Illinois forr teachers, students, and the community at large.  Museum, Lachman Library, Resource Center, Speakers Bureau, Programs, Audio Visual Production

Association of Children of Holocaust Survivors
Programs and support for the families of Holocaust survivors.
Avenue of the Righteous
840 Vernon Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
847 835-4800

Web Site:

The Avenue of the Righteous is a non-profit interfaith organization devoted to honoring righteous behavior during the Holocaust and to bringing lessons from that time to life today. The Avenue Memorial is located on the grounds of the Civic Center.

Evanston Civic Center
2100 Ridge Road
Evanston, Illinois
Zell Holocaust Memorial
Zell Center for Holocaust Studies

Hidden Children Chicago Chapter

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies provides extensive Holocaust-related educational resources and programming including the museum, library and archival collections, exhibits and educational programs.
Jewish Family and Community Services provides services to Holocaust survivors and their  families.
A program of the Council for Jewish Elderly provides services to Holocaust survivors and their  families.

Holocaust:  National / International Organizations

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Chicago
provides assistance to Holocaust victoms with German government restitution.
Raoul Wallenberg Committee of Chicago
443 C. West Grant Place
Chicago, IL 60614
773 472-0942
Fax: 773-472 0011
Official Raoul Wallenberg Web Site:

A group dedicated to honoring the memory of Raoul Wallenberg and his heroic deeds in saving Jews from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.
Simon Wiesenthal Center
342 Madison Ave., Suite 1624
New York, NY 10173
Web Site:

An international organization dedicated to Holocaust education and research.
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
800 661-2092

Steven Spielberg's project to record and archive survivor accounts of the Holocaust.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Midwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 1852
Highland Park, IL 60035
847 433-8099

The Midwest Office of the National Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

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Israel Related Organizations

Israel Government

Consulate-General of Israel

Tzipora Rimon, Consul General
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1308
Chicago, IL 60601
312 565-3300
Fax: 312 565-2063
Web Site:

Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Department of Public Affairs and Information

312 565–3323
Provides various types of information about Israel to the general public, federal, state and local governments, the media, teachers, students and other interested parties.

Speakers Bureau Information:

Israeline - An e-mail summary of the Israeli press prepared daily (Monday-Friday) by the Israeli Consulate in New York. To subscribe:
To hear news reports by phone 24 hours per day, call: 312 565-4772.

Department of Cultural Affairs
312 565-3305.
312 565-3871.

Department of Academic Affairs
312 565-3856.
312 565-2063.
Embassy of Israel- Washington, D.C.
Israel Bonds - Development Corporation for Israel
Chicago Office
180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2610
Chicago, IL 6060
312 558-9400
Fax: 312 558-9014

International Web Site:

The organization was founded in 1951 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, to help build the nation's ravaged economy with the support of international Jewry following its War of Independence. Israel Bonds are issued by the State of Israel to help build and strengthen the nation’s economy and infrastructure. They are offered in the United States through: Development Corporation for Israel. Securities offered by the Israel Bond organization have been designed to meet a wide variety of investment needs and circumstances, and may provide an attractive, income-producing vehicle which may be suitable for many personal investment portfolios. Israel Bonds are available for IRAs, pension plans, donations and gifts.

The Israel Government Tourist Office
Midwest Regional Office
5 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1402
Chicago, IL 60603
312 782-4306
Fax: 312 782-1243
Israel Office of Tourism North America Web Site:

The Israel Government Tourist Office Midwest Regional Office is located in Chicago and has jurisdiction over 13 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Zionist Organizations

Aliyah Council of Greater Chicago
6600 Lincoln Ave., Suite 236
Lincolnwood, IL 60645
847 674-8861

Provides information and promotes Aliyah
American ORT

ORT is the Jewish world's leader in technology education and the world's largest non-governmental education and training organization. Its global network is now teaching students in more than 60 countries. ORT's largest program is in Israel, where Jewish, Arab and Druze students attend schools and colleges in communities throughout the country.
American Zionist Movement
Chicago Region

5050 W. Church St., Suite 215
Skokie, IL 60077
847 677-5949
Fax:  847 677-3750
National Web Site:   or

Local branch of the principle Zionist Organization in the United States.The American Zionist Movement stands for the preservation of the identity of the Jewish people through the fostering of Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education, and of Jewish spiritual and cultural values.  This is the umbrella organization for the Zionist membership organizations, and the voice of unified Zionism in the Greater Chicago Region.

Amit Women
2701 West Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60645
773 973-0688
773 973-0057
Web Site:

The Amit Women maintain a social service agency for Israeli children. Services include the provision of surrogate parenting and homes, and assistance to schools.

The Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)
555 Skokie Blvd., Suite 225
Northbrook , IL 60062
847 509-0990
Fax:  847 509-0970
National Web Site:

Local office of the Reform movement's Zionist organization. ARZA's goal is to strengthen personal, political, and financial support for the State of Israel and is particularly concerned with the building of Reform Judaism and the pursuit of religious pluralism in Israel.

Habonim Dior The Labor Zionist Youth Movement
5050 W. Church St., Suite 204
Skokie, IL 60077
847 675-1677
North American Web Site:

A Labor Zionist youth movement whose members strive for the concrete expression of its ideals in their own lives and in society. Provides camps and youth programs.
Hadassah, Women's Zionist Organization of America
Chicago Chapter
111 N Wabash Ave., Suite 810
Chicago, IL 60602
312 263-7473

North Shore Chapter
1710 First St.
Highland Park, IL 60035
847 433-6350

North Shore Chapter Web Site:  
National Web Site:
Hadassah Medical Organization, Israel Web Site:

A volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. Hadassah is the largest Zionist Organization in the world.

Hadassah Associates North Shore Chapter
7317 W. Foster St.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
847 965-4903

The local chapter of the men's division of Hadassah.

Hadassah Resale Shops
5020 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60077
847 677-6365

1710 First St.
Highland Park, IL  60035
847 433-6352

Fundraising for Hadassah.
Jewish National Fund
360 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1111
Chicago, IL 60601-3803
312 899-1800
Fax: 312 201-1948
Web Page, Jewish National Fund links to specific projects:

Web Page of the Jewish National Fund and the International Arid Lands Consortium: LALC Center for Middle East Desert Policy Initiatives:

Since Israel's declaration of statehood in 1948, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the official land agency in Israel, has made afforestation, land reclamation, and halting desertification three of its priorities. The Jewish National Fund, KKL's American fundraising and educational arm, supports KKL in these activities. The American Jewish community has contributed funds for the planting of millions of trees.

Labor Zionist Alliance
5050 Church St., Suite 204
Skokie, IL 60077
847 675-1677
Fax: 847 675-9521

A Labor Zionist organization which supports Labor Israel.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Midwest Region
180 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
312 726-1802
Fax:  312 726-1820

The Conservative movement's Zionist Organization.
Midwest Young Judaea
6600 North Lincoln Avenue - Suite #304
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60645
847 982-2040
National Web Site:

More than 500 nationwide Young Judaea clubs offer year-round activities and meetings. Through a unique style of informal education--and fun!--members learn about each other and about Israel, Zionism and Judaism through stories, games, outings and exposure to Jewish and Israeli cultural arts.

NA'AMAT USA Midwest Area
5050 Church Street, Suite 226
Skokie, IL 60077
847 329-7172
Fax: 847 329-7174

International Web Site:

The Woman's Labor Zionist Organization. NA'AMAT, Hebrew acronym for "Movement of Working Women and Volunteers," is an organization and a movement striving to enhance the quality of life for women, children and families in Israel, the U.S. and around the world.

PNAI-Parents of North American Israelis
Norman Ring, president
3601 W. Devon, Suite 106
Chicago, IL 60659
773 588-7900
North American Web Site:
Partnership 2000
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
1 S. Franklin St., Suite 2160
Chicago, IL 60606
312 357-4851
Fax: 312 855-3753
International Web Site:  

Web Site Created by Shalon High School, Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir - with help from Chicago project 20000:  

Partnership 2000 offers Diaspora Jewish communities an opportunity for direct involvement in developing Israel's peripheries. The Negev and Galilee hold more than two-thirds of Israel's land reserves, yet house only 17% of the population. This project links communities in the Diaspora with a community in Israel.  Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir in the Negev is Chicago's partner. The Jewish United Fund is providing funding for community development, as well as opportunities for development of relationships between the people of this community and the people of Chicago.

Religious Zionists of Chicago
3740 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
847 674-9733

Chicago religous Zionist organization
Volunteers For Israel
5050 W. Church St., Suite 217
Skokie, IL 60077
847 677-3817
Fax 847 432-2243
National Web Site:

Wouldn't you like to spend your vacation living and working alongside Israelis, at an IDF army base, hospital, archaeological excavation or botanical gardens? Join the Volunteers for Israel and get an insider's view of the culture, lifestyle and pulse of Israel.
Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO)
1105 Antique Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
773 508-9335
International Web Site:

WIZO Is dedicated to caring for the young and for the old, with special emphasis on advancing the status of women in society. WIZO services have aided the absorption of thousands of immigrant women, who, along with their native-born counterparts, have dealt with the issues of single-parenthood and domestic violence.

Zionist Organization of Chicago
Masada/Macabi Youth Program
Mayer Kaplan JCC
5050 W. Church St., Suite 202
Chicago, IL 60077
847 568-0244
Fax: 847-568-1233

A Chicago Zionist Organization that supports the Masada/Macabi Youth Program.

Local Support For Israeli Institutions

Chicago Friends of Alyn Hospital
3163 University Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
847 926-8652
Alyn Hospital Web Site:

Official Chicago Chapter for Alyn Hospital. Alyn is Israel's only orthopedic hospital and rehabilitation center for physically handicapped children treating and caring for patients, with various congenital diseases or injuries after accidents, regardless of religion or ethnic background.
Chicago Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
11 S. LaSalle, Suite 2145
Chicago, IL 60603
312 372-8500
Fax: 312 372-8515
International Web Site:

Provides support to the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Great Lakes Region

4433 W. Touhy, Suite 364
Lincolnwood, IL 60646
847 679-9270
Fax: 847 679-9271
National Web Site:

The mission of Ben-Gurion University is to be the primary intellectual, cultural and industrial force for developing the Negev; to pave the way to positive transformation of arid desert into a productive, increasingly livable environment; and to share this knowledge with the other nations of the region and the world. American Associates helps provide information and raise funds for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem Midwest Region
101 W. Grand, Suite 401
312 527-0972
Fax:  312 527-0974

The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is part of an international family of supporters for Jerusalem's "Hospital with a Heart".   Through a worldwide fund-raising effort, spanning more than 100 years, Shaare Zedek has grown into an ultra-modern major medical center. It is the oldest Jewish hospital built outside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, founded in 1873 by Dutch and German philanthropists.
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) Chicago Region
79 W. Monroe, Suite 614
Chicago, IL 60603
312 641-5700
Fax: 312 641-1018
ACWIS National Web Site:
Weizmann Institute of Science Web Site:

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science is a fundraising and liaison organization for the world-renowned scientific research center and graduate university in Israel. Basic research by Weizmann Institute scientists helps people everywhere: notably in the fight against disease and hunger, protection of the environment, and development of new technologies for economic growth.
American Friends of the Hebrew University
Midwest Region
150 E. Huron, Suite 1105
Chicago, IL 60611
312 642-3110
Fax: 312 642-7008
Friends Web Site: 
Hebrew University Web Site:

The American Friends of the Hebrew University exists to support higher education, and particularly the Hebrew University, by providing resources for the attainment of its goals and to represent the University to the American Jewish community. Founded 2 years before the University, AFHU has been a major force in fundraising efforts on behalf of the University, establishing and maintaining research programs, scholarships, classrooms, wings and buildings, chairs and research equipment. AFHU’s 8 regional offices organize educational and cultural programs highlighting the many disciplines of the University and sponsor fund raising events supporting the University.
American Friends of the Israel Arts and Science Academy
211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1020
Chicago, IL 60611
312 649-1587
Fax: 312 951-6171
The Academy Web Site:

The Israel Arts and Science Academy now exists on an impressive 19-acre site in the Kiryat Yovel district of Jerusalem.  The Academy is a three-year residential high school. From its inception it was designed to require a full-time, on-campus student experience. This approach not only allows the school to draw students from throughout the country
, but to provide the necessary environment for academic and social activities that continue throughout the days and well into most evenings.
American Friends of Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital
3525 W. Peterson, Suite 412
Chicago, IL 60659
773 478-0288
Fax: 773 478-0599

Friends Groups Web Page:
Hospital Web Page:   

Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital is the only hospital in Netanya, Israel serving a population of over 250,000. The Medical Center, which was established in 1975, operates a full scale medical campus including a Nursing School and two Geriatric Care Centers. It is a unique institution, conceived and run according to Halachic Jewish law - without in any way compromising the highest standards of medical practice.

American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (ATS)
West Central Region

111 W. Washington, Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602
312 553-2222
Fax: 312  553-2223

American Technion Web Site:
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Web Site:

The American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (ATS) is the support organization of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel's primary center for advanced scientific and technological education and research.
Friends of Tsad Kadima-A Step Forward
1745 Lake Eleanor
Deerfield, IL 60015
847 948-8256
Fax: 847 948-8259

Tsad Kadima Web Site:

Chicago group supports Tsad Kadima in Israel, which is a non-profit organization of parents of motor disabled children and professionals, whose purpose is instituting the Peto Method of Conductive Education in Israel.
Israel Cancer Research Fund
111 N. Wabash, Suite 1601
Chicago, IL 60602-1983
312 332-4273
Fax: 312 332-4275
International Web Site:

The Israel Cancer Research Fund has a three-fold mission: to encourage innovative cancer research by Israeli scientists; to broaden research opportunities within Israel to end the exodus of talented Israeli cancer researchers; to harness Israel’s vast intellectual and creative resources to establish a world-class center for cancer study. ICRF research is sponsored at 20 centers and institutes around Israel.

Magen David Adom
Midwest Regional Office

8930 Gross Point Road, Suite # 800
Skokie, Illinois 60077-1864
847 583 0664
Fax: 847 583 8556

Web Site:
Israel Web Site:

In 1950, the Knesset passed the "Magen David Adom Law", which states that Magen David Adom (MDA) will function as Israel's National Red Cross Society, acting in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. There are MDA friends societies scattered over five continents. MDA in Israel operates modern first-aid stations throughout the entire state, sophisticated ambulances totaling 550, and medical instruments, runs the National Blood Center in Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan and trains thousands of citizens on CPR and First Aid. Also, responds to emergency requests throughout the world on an as needed basis. Local opportunities exist for all ages to volunteer to raise public awareness through educational programs and fundraising events. Board volunteer opportunities exist.

Midwest Friends of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled
5 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
847 564-3107
Fax: 847 564-3203

The Midwest support group for the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.
New Israel Fund
55 East Monroe
Suite 2930
Chicago, IL 60603
312 578-0106
Fax: 312 251-881
International Web Site:

The New Israel fund supports organizations working for religious pluralism and tolerance; civil and human rights; Jewish-Arab equality and coexistence; improving the status of women; bridging social and economic gaps; and environmental justice. 
Yad Beyad
1115 Skokie Ridge
Glencoe, IL 60022
847 835-1668
International Web Page:

The objective of Yad BeYad is the acquirement of the English language by olim through intensive courses. There is a need for immigrants in Israel to acquire proficiency in the English language, and a difficulty on their part to pay for regular courses. Many jobs and professions in Israel require basic proficiency (at the least) in English. Thus theory is translated into reality through a project that is based on a full partnership between Jews of Israel and the Diaspora, founded on an equal and pluralistic approach.

Israel:  Business Trade & Tourism

American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 911
Chicago, IL 60601
312 641-2937
Fax: 312 641-2941
Chicago Section on the Web Site of  the Association of America-Israel Chambers of Commerice:

The Chamber of Commerce helps facilitate international trade between the U.S. and Israel.
Bank Hapoalim
225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60601
312 228-6400
International Web Site:

The Chicago Branch of Bank Hapoalim.
Bank Leumi
100 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
312 781-1800
International Web Site:

The Chicago Branch of Bank Leumi.
Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD)
230 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1620
312 332-3160
Fax: 312 332-2153

Provides grants in support of cooperative projects between U.S. and Israeli high-tech companies. BIRD is a matchmaker, and recruits American  strategic partners, and links them to Israeli companies.
Israel Bonds - Development Corporation for Israel
Israel Economic Mission
55 East Monroe St, Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60603
312 332-2160
Fax: 312 332-2163
Web Site:

The Israel Economic Mission’s role is to develop and expand trade and investment between Israel and North America.
Israel Experience, Inc.
Midwest Region
175 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite A 1827
Chicago, IL 60604
312 427-1600
Fax: 312 427-1852

North Ameican Web Site:   or

The Israel Experience is a choice of trips to Israel designed for North American Jewish youth.

Israel Programs Foundation (IPF)
Main U.S. Office
1098 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
847 541-6269 or    800-826-4525
Fax:  847 541-8092
Web Site:

The Israel Programs Foundation (IPF) is a not-for-profit organization, recognized by Jewish Federations, Hillels, and the Government of the State of Israel as a leader in providing top-quality Israel experience programs. Established to nurture and strengthen the bond between Israel and the Diaspora, participants in our programs receive the opportunity to strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to the variety of people and cultures in Israel while having the experience of a lifetime.

Israel & U.S. Public Affairs

American Israel Public Affaires Committee (AIPAC)
4801 W. Peterson, Suite 202
Chicago, IL 60646
773 685-5595
Fax:  773 685-2130
National Web Site:

Advocacy group and registered PAC for issues involving the U.S. relationship with Israel.
Americans for a Safe Israel
53 W. Jackson, Suite 725
Chicago, IL 60604
312 427-2233
Fax: 312  663-1312
National Web Sites: http://www.cmep.comv

AFSI is unique in its proud and outspoken advocacy of Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan as integral parts of Israel. AFSI believes that a strong Israel is essential to U.S. security, and that the Jewish towns in these areas are the best guarantee against strategic vulnerability. Most importantly, the pioneering efforts of the residents in these areas have the potential of rejuvenating a dormant Zionism and igniting a second Zionist revolution
Americans for Peace Now
8918 Pottawattami
Skokie, IL 60076
847 675-6337
National Web Site:

Americans for Peace Now was founded in 1981 to support the activities of Peace Now in Israel.  Americans for Peace Now is the leading U.S. advocate for peace in the Middle East. APN's wide array of educational programs reach out to communities around the country. With local chapters in more than two dozen U.S. cities, APN is a powerful force for mobilizing grassroots support among U.S. citizens. By demonstrating this support, and by working directly with decision makers and government officials, APN promises U.S. policies that further the peace process.

Chicago Friends of Yesha
3740 W. Dempster
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone &  news hotline: 847 679-9374
Fax: 773 338-4414
Web Site of The Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in
Judea, Samaria and Gaza:

Yesha is the Hebrew acronym for Judea, Samaria and Gaza  This local organization provides the latest news and information to the Chicagoland community via its 24 hour news hotline and weekly newsletter.  The organization also raises funds in support of social services in Yesha.

City PAC
P.O. Box 42
Deerfield, IL 60015
773 759-city (Hotline) or 847 291-1430

A registered PAC, provider of educational programs.
Joint Action Commitee for Political Affairs (JACPAC)
P.O. Box 105
Highland Park, IL 60035
847 433-5999
Fax:  847 433-6194

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Jewish History

Historical Organizations

Chicago Jewish Archives
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
618 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605
312 922-9012
Web Page:

Spertus Institute's historical collections help preserve the history of the Jewish Community.  At Spertus Institute there is the Spertus Museum, as well as many historical  programs, exhibits and classes throughout the year.
Chicago Jewish Historical Society
618 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
312 663-5634

Information about the Chicago Jewish Historical Society's Doris Minsky Memorial Fund Prize:   Scroll down the page until you find it.

The Chicago Jewish Historical Society collects historical documents and provides educational programs on the History of Judaism in Chicago.
Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition
Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 760
Chicago, IL 60605
312 341-3695
Fax:  312 341-3680

Organization dedicated to the preservation of Historic Maxwell Street.
Society of Israel Philatelists
P.O. Box 322
Skokie, IL 60076
773 764-5300
Fax: 773 764-2810

An organization devoted to stamp collecting.

Genealogy Resources

Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 384
Flossmoor, IL 60422
773 268-4600
Web Site:    

Comprised of people researching their Jewish roots who often live in Illinois or Northwest Indiana. Programs for both beginning and advanced researchers.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
P.O. Box 515
Northbrook, IL 60065
847 679-1995
Programs to help individuals research their family history.



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