Israel

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

Ameinu-Chicago

Phone: 847-254-8224
Email: kanter18@gmail.com
Web: www.ameinu.net
Contact: Dan Kanter

Committed to peace, social and economic justice, pluralism and the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people. Stands for liberal values and progressive Zionism.

America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC)

203 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 558-1346
Fax: (312) 346-9603
Email: info@americaisrael.org
Web: http://www.americaisrael.org
Contact: Debra S. Rade

Recognized as the only chamber of commerce and membership association in the region that facilitates trade and investment between Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the State of Israel. Presents informational, networking and state-of-the-art educational programs, promotes Israeli goods and services, leads trade delegations, and works closely with governmental, non-profit, charitable, and industry organizations to foster trade and investment.

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)

Great Lakes Region
5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-983-3630
Fax: 847-983-3401
Email: rschneider@aabgu.org
Web: www.aabgu.org

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion's vision, creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University's expertise locally and around the globe. With some 20,000 students on campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat in Israel's southern desert, BGU is a university with a conscience, where the highest academic standards are integrated with community involvement, committed to sustainable development of the Negev.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

Midwest Region
180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3110
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 641-5700
Fax: (312) 641-1018
Email: midwest@acwis.org
Web: weizmann-usa.org
Contact: Lee J. Brown, National Vice President & Executive Director; Marilyn L. Tamayo, Assistant Director; and Sheryl Adelman Kimmel PhD, Development Associate

Supports Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation

4411 Bobolink Terrace
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-4199
Email: esthermosh@aol.com
Web: http://www.afiwdf.org
Contact: Esther Calamaro

Hosts Israeli disabled veterans each year for a period of rest and rehabilitation, expands ties between Israel and the Chicago Jewish community metropolitan area, and supports Israeli disabled veterans and victims of terror attacks.

American Friends of Magen David Adom

Midwest Region
3175 Commercial Ave.
Suite 101
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 509-9802, (888) 674-4871
Fax: (847) 509-9807
Email: midwest@afmda.org
Web: http://www.afmda.org
Contact: Richard Zelin, Director of Strategic Philanthropy, Midwest Region

Magen David Adom is Israel's ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first responders for the state's more than 8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve in this role, but it's not a government agency, so it relies on donations.

American Friends of the Hebrew University

Midwest Region
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 329-0332
Fax: (312) 329-0334
Email: midwest@afhu.org
Web: http://www.afhu.org
Contact: Judith Shenkman

Promoting the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled *

One Northfield Plaza, Suite 300
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: 847-441-2652
Email: jennifer.flink@afiscd.org
Web: www.afiscd.org
Contact: Jennifer Flink

Committed to providing ongoing financial support to the Center, empowering Israli children with physical disabilities to participate in physical and psychological rehabilitation through sports to attain the goal of leading productive and successful lives in Israeli society. Today, more than 2500 kids and adults participate in 20 different sports activities without discrimination of religion, race, or ethnicity.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Midwest Regional Office
P.O. Box A3996
Chicago, IL 60690
Phone: (312) 236-8550
Fax: (312) 236-8530
Email: midwstreg@aipac.org
Web: http://www.aipac.org
Contact: Eli Wald, (312) 253-8994

Registered lobbying group for issues affecting U.S./Israel relationships.

American Jewish Committee

Chicago Regional Office
Phone: (312) 251-8800
Fax: (312) 251-8815
Email: chicago@ajc.org
Web: https://www.ajc.org/chicago
Contact: Amy Stoken, Regional Director

AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and other world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to impact opinion and policy on the issues that matter most: combating rising anti-Semitism and extremism, defending Israel?s place in the world, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people. AJC Chicago is the local gateway to this international network. Advocacy opportunites available.

American Technion Society

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
111 W. Washington Street, Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 553-2222
Email: technion.chi@ats.org
Web: http://www.ats.org
Contact: Joy Leff

Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) provides critical support to the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, ranked among the world's leading science and technology universities. ATS Donors have provided more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. The ATS and its network of chapters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more. The mission is to enable the Technion to be among the world's leading institutions improving the well-being of Israel and all humanity through leadership in science and technology.

AMIT

3856B W. Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-3800
Fax: (847) 982-0057
Email: amitchicago@amitchildren.org
Web: http://www.amitchildren.org
Contact: Beth Gottesman

Educates more than 28,000 Israeli youth from diverse backgrounds within a framework of religious values and Zionist ideals, incorporating academic and technological studies, through a network of 110 schools, youth villages and other programs in 29 Israeli cities, development towns and communities.

ARZA The Reform Israel Fund

Central District
1121-D Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 239-6974
Fax: (847) 509-0970
Email: mdodinval@arza.org
Web: http://www.arza.org
Contact: Marlene Dodinval

The Israel voice of the Reform Movement in the United States. Seeks to make Israel fundamental to the sacred lives and Jewish identities of Reform Jews. ARZA champions and supports activities that help build an inclusive and democratic Israeli society.

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (312) 228-6400
Web: http://www.bhibank.com

Bank Leumi USA

1 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 419-4040
Email: chicago@leumiusa.com
Web: http://www.leumiusa.com

FDIC-insured full-service commercial bank providing financial services to midsize firms, international businesses, and high net worth individuals in the United States and abroad. Serves as banker and facilitator for investments and trade between the United States and Israel.

Buy Israel Goods

203 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Email: buyisraelgoods@americaisrael.org
Web: http://www.buyisraelgoods.org

Consumer guide for retail purchase of Israeli products.

Chicago Area Friends of Yesha

3740 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-9374
Contact: David Abell

Fundraising and support for the 240,000 Jews in the 146 Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Aza.

JUF's Israel Office *

Jewish United Fund
P.O. Box 7171
Jerusalem, Israel 91071
Email: ofer@juf.org.il
Contact: Ofer Bavly, Director General of the Israel Office; Richard Juran, Deputy Director General

Represents the Jewish United Fund in Israel. Works with lay leaders and staff on missions, visits of influentials, Partnership Together and many other issues which arise as part of our relationship through our allocations to the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and our community's connections in and allocations to Israel.

Club 1948

2405 N. Sheffield Ave.
#126
Chicago, IL 60614
Email: info@myclub1948.org
Web: http://www.club1948.org

Connecting Israelis and Americans to the State of Israel. Brings together individuals of various backgrounds, to engage in Israel-themed social, cultural and educational events. Unaffiliated group connects individuals to their identity by fostering a passion for the soul, spirit and people of Israel.

Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

500 W. Madison Street
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 380-8800
Fax: (312) 380-8855
Email: contactus@chicago.mfa.gov.il
Web: http://embassies.gov.il/chicago

The official representative of the government of Israel to the Midwest and its liaison with the Jewish community in 11 states. Israel-related services and programs: informational materials and brochures, cultural publications, events and exhibits; speakers bureau; academic activities (including visiting scholars); referrals on Israel-related questions, passport, visa, and other documentation services.

Twitter: @IsraelinChicago

Friends of Israel Scouts - Tzofim Inc.

4711 Golf Rd. Suite 600
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-6790
Fax: (847) 679-5286
Email: midwest@israelscouts.org
Web: http://www.israelscouts.org
Contact: Adi Sharon

Supports programs including Tzofim Friendship Caravan, Tzofim Summer Delegation, Tzofin Chetz V'Keshet, Tzofim Keshet, Tzofim Tzabar, Tzofim Farin Tzabar, Tzofim Shnat Sherut, Hevre and Tzofim in Your Camp, in cooperation with the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) movement in Israel.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF)

29 E. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602-4550
Phone: (312) 372-8500
Fax: (312) 372-8515
Email: chicago@fidf.org
Web: http://www.fidf.org

Supports humanitarian, educational, cultural, recreational and social programs for Israeli soldiers and their families.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive
Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1900
Fax: (847) 205-1909
Email: cns@hadassah.org
Web: http://www.hadassah.org/cns
Contact: Greta Rothschild, President

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore supports the medical research and technology of the world-renowned Hadassah Medical Organization, bringing healing and hope to those around the word. Through state-of-the art medical research and technology, we find treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer, ALS, macular degeneration, MS, heart disease and more. Hadassah women are also a vital voice for advocacy on issues such as sex trafficking, women's health issues, gender equity in medical research and more. Work to support youth with Jewish camping and indigent and immigrant youth in Israel are also a major focus. With more than 11,000 members in the Chicagoland area, we offer opportunities for leadership skill development, Jewish learning, camaraderie and fulfillment. Hadassah women are the Women Who Do.

Herut-Likud

901 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 829-9010
Fax: (312) 829-6683

Supports the policies of the Likud Party and the rights of the Jewish people to their homeland.

Israel Bonds

1 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 558-9400, (800) 969-3987
Fax: (312) 558-9014
Email: chicago@israelbonds.com
Web: http://www.israelbonds.com
Contact: Janice Wahnon

Investors in Israel bonds have helped cultivate the desert, build transportation networks, create new industries, resettle immigrants, and increase export capabilities. Today, investing in Israel bonds supports a nation of extraordinary innovation that continues to push the boundaries of modern technology.

Israel Cancer Research Fund

Chicago Chapter
2 Northfield Plaza, Suite 245
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 914-9120
Email: sandy.rosen@icrfonline.org
Web: http://www.icrfonline.org
Contact: Sandy Rosen, Gifts Director

The leading charitable organization in the US solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel. Since 1975, ICRF has provided 2,200+ grants exceeding $56 million in funding to outstanding cancer researchers whose laboratories are located in Israel's leading institutions. These scientists include the first Israelis to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Funds go directly to scientists via a granting process. No funds go to bricks and mortar. ICRF Chicago has expanded its board, created a young leadership, Visions board, and is raising awareness about the outstanding research taking place throughout Israel. Contact the office for volunteer opportunities.

Israel Trade and Investment Center

111 E. Wacker Dr.
Suite 1230
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 332-2160
Fax: (312) 332-2163
Email: may141948@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Moshe Shoham

Trade and investment assistance between American and Israeli firms. Exports to and from Israel; assistance to multinational companies, direct information from Israeli government offices.

J Street

Midwest Region
Phone: (312) 298-9435
Email: info@jstreet.org
Web: http://jstreet.org
Contact: Rabbi Alison Abrams, Midwest Regional Director

Political organization for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

60 Revere Drive
Suite 840
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 656-8880
Fax: (847) 656-8885
Email: jrosen@jnf.org
Web: http://www.jnf.org
Contact: Beth Cherner, Executive Director, Midwest; Judy Rosen, Director, Chicago; Marcia Rubin, JNF Chicago President

Gives all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC)

P.O. Box 105
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-5999
Fax: (847) 433-6194
Email: jacpac123@aol.com
Web: http://www.jacpac.org
Contact: Marcia Balonick, Executive Director

Supports a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, reproductive choice and separation of religion and state.

JUF's Israel Education Center *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4671
Email: emilybriskman@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/iec
Contact: Emily Briskman, Director

Engages the next generation with Israel through education and advocacy.

JUF's Partnership Together *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

A program of the Jewish United Fund that links Jews in Chicago with its partnered region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Promotes projects that enhance development, improve the quality of life and connect with Chicago Jewry through "People to People" programs.

Mizrachi - Religious Zionists of Chicago

3740 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-9733
Fax: (847) 750-0222
Email: office@rzc.us
Web: http://www.rzc.us
Contact: Rabbi Jerold Isenberg

Conduit for Religious Zionism in Chicago. Provides opportunities for the support and advancement of Torat Eretz Yisrael, Israel Advocacy, and Yishuv Eretz Yisrael while serving as a vehicle for the practical expression of Hakorat HaTov for the Divine gift of Medinat Yisrael.

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.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Chicago North Shore
5 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-853-8889
Email: info@ncjwcns.org
Web: www.ncjwcns.org
Contact: Melissa Prober

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For over a century, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW's collective voice has changed the world for the better -- improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.

New Israel Fund

Phone: (847) 681-2103
Email: chicago@nif.org
Web: http://www.nif.org

Works to strengthen Israel's democracy and support grassroots organizations.

To Protect Our Heritage PAC

2421 W. Pratt Blvd., Suite 1206
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (847) 676-4925
Fax: (847) 679-5505
TTY: (847) 676-1830
Email: amolot@aol.com
Web: http://www.protectourheritagepac.org
Contact: Rabbi Victor Weissberg, Peggy Shapiro, Alan Molotsky

Promotes a close relationship between the United States and Israel by disseminating educational information, meeting with elected federal officials and making federal political campaign contributions.

Write On for Israel *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5061
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4849
Email: writeonforisrael@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/writeon
Contact: Emily Briskman

JUF’s Write On for Israel is a prestigious, competitive two-year education and advocacy program that will teach Chicago area Jewish teens about Israel's history and current events. Write On Fellows will receive the training and skills needed to become a leader in the pro-Israel community in preparation for college and beyond.

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