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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
Wendy Fox

President
William Lennon

Executive Vice President
Edward Alpert

Vice Presidents
Dr. Irving Birnbaum
Steven Blonder
Robert Cheifetz
Steven Handmaker

Secretary
Mitchell Cutler

Treasurer
Samuel Weldler

Stan Diskin
Dr. Jacob Ecanow
Dr. Daniel Eisenstein

Glenn Garfinkel
Dr. Shlomo Golber
Michael Goldberg
Ari Goldsmith
Larry Goldstein
Dr. Daniel Katz
Josh Lipman
Missy Malmed
Linda Schiffman
Alan Sear
Yitzchok Wengrow
Judith Zagorin

Ex Officio
Michael Philipp
David Silverman

Executive Director
Marc Swatez, PhD

Director of Sarnoff Levin Residence
Michael Bellows, LSW

Marketing Director
Caryn Brissman, MBA

Controller
Jason Charet, CPA

Director of Volunteers
Carol Harris

Clinical Director
Victoria Hass, PhD

Director of Pharmacy
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Director of Development
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Medical Clinical Director
Mimi Seleski, RN, MPH

Director of Employment Services
Andrea Storz, MA

Director of Spiritual Enrichment
Rabbi Shlomo Tenenbaum

Director of Intensive Day Program
Na’ama Adam Wasserman, PsyD

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