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WE HELP JEWISH
FAMILIES RETURN TO

SELF-RELIANCE

OUR MISSION

The mission of The ARK is to help Chicagoland Jews who are facing adversity navigate toward self-reliance. ARK professionals, volunteers, and donors provide free, comprehensive services within a framework of Jewish values and laws.

How We Began

March, 1971, The ARK opened as a free medical clinic in Albany Park.

OUR HISTORY

The ARK was founded in 1971 through the efforts of an Uptown doctor and a local rabbi, who were approached by a group of young Jewish community members advocating for the doctor's clinic to provide more services to the poor. The idea quickly gained many supporters, and in March, 1971, The ARK opened as a free medical clinic in Albany Park. Soon, The ARK's cause began attracting large numbers of volunteers who were interested in contributing their time and professional skills to help their less fortunate neighbors. Throughout the years, services and programs were added one-by-one; a kosher food pantry was opened; rent and utility bills were paid; a free pharmacy opened.

The ARK grew, it followed the Jewish population from Albany Park to Devon Avenue. The ARK moved again in 1991 to its current facility on California Avenue, and in 2011, a second office was opened in Northbrook, to meet the needs of the growing Jewish population in the northwest suburbs.

Since that time, The ARK has grown exponentially, engaging the services of more than 2,000 professional and lay volunteers, who provide an array of medical, legal and social services for Chicagoland Jews in need.

“You really don’t know what an ARK client looks like. They look like you and me. “

JOSH S.

OUR PEOPLE

Chair
Dr. Allan Malmed

Nathan Bloch
Debbie Hartman
Jill T. Hirsh
Rachel Kaplan
Laurie & Lew Leibowitz
Bernard Levy
Peter Levy
Clare Nimer
Michael Philipp
Eric Rothner
Michael Shechtman
David Shmikler
David Strulowitz

Chair
William Lennon

President
Edward Alpert

Executive Vice President
Steven Blonder

Vice Presidents
Mitchell Cutler
Glenn Garfinkel
Steven Handmaker

Secretary
Josh Lipman

Treasurer
Stan Diskin

Dr. Daniel Eisenstein
Wendy Fox
Michael Goldberg
Ari Goldsmith
Larry Goldstein
Dr. Daniel Katz
Missy Malmed
Linda Schiffman
Alan Sear
Judith Zagorin

Ex Officio
David Silverman

CHARITY NAVIGATOR RATES US AS EXCEPTIONAL IN HOW WE SPEND YOUR DONATIONS IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

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