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The ARK Marks 50 Years of Service to Chicago’s Jewish Community, Announces Edward A. Alpert as President of the Board

 CHICAGO (June XX, 2020) – The ARK, a nonprofit helping Chicagoland Jews facing adversity navigate toward self-reliance, is pleased to announce Edward M. Alpert as President of the Board for a two year term beginning June 2020. The fifty-year-old organization cares for more than 4,000 people every year across the Chicagoland Jewish community and has more than 2,000 volunteers, from students to retirees, who serve in a number of critical roles from food pantry and social services staff to support for annual efforts and donation events.

A leader in the Chicago Jewish community, Alpert is looking forward to leading The ARK into its next fifty years of growth. “I have three goals for The ARK: complete the renovation and expansion of our facility to better meet the needs of the dedicated staff and clients; increase our endowment to support our vital services for the years ahead; and finally, make sure all members of the Chicago Jewish community are aware The ARK and its services are available for all during times of need,” said Alpert.

Alpert previously served as the Executive Director of Temple Sholom in Chicago and Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL. Aplert began his work with The ARK in 2012 while serving as the executive director at Am Shalom when he was introduced to the organization through its annual food drive for The Rhea Segal Food Pantry Program. He began to volunteer regularly for annual projects and at the food pantry. Alpert officially joined The ARK’s board as a member in 2017.

“The ARK is thrilled to have Edward take the position of President of the Board. This is a turning point in our organization’s history and we are looking to leaders like him to be stewards of our campaign for growth among Chicagoland Jews,” said Marc Swatez, Executive Director of The ARK.

Based in Chicago’s north side, with a satellite location in Northbrook, IL, The ARK provides comprehensive, free services to Jews in need including social services such as case management, counseling, employment services, financial assistance, psychiatric services and more; a Health Clinic with onsite medical, dental, optical and pharmaceutical services; The Rhea Segal Food Pantry Program which is stocked with nutritious, kosher food and feeds more than 2,500 people each year; the Intensive Day Program (IDP) which assists the needs of adults in the community living with chronic psychological issues; interim housing and support services for homeless individuals and families; employment services to identify employment goals and direction; and spiritual enrichment, which offers clients the opportunity to reconnect and refocus their faith. Board members of The ARK include leaders in business, healthcare, religious services and more.

About The ARK

The ARK is a nonprofit organization helping Chicagoland Jews who are facing adversity, navigate toward self-reliance. Based in Chicago, with a satellite location in Northbrook, IL, ARK professionals, volunteers and donors provide free, comprehensive services within a framework of Jewish values and laws. The ARK assists acute (short-term) clients and chronic (long-term) clients help to reestablish themselves, receive needed health care, find jobs, navigate mental health challenges, addiction, tragedies and more. The ARK’s comprehensive, free services to Jews in need include social services, a health clinic, food pantry, intensive day program, post-hospitalization support, spiritual enrichment, homeless shelter (for transitional residence), employment services, and more. In 2020, The ARK embarks on a new chapter of growth by renovating and expanding its current headquarters to make the nonprofit more physically accessible, functional and secure. For more information about The ARK, its services, and its expansion, please visit:

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