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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.
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. “
Dr. Allan Malmed
Jill T. Hirsh
Laurie & Lew Leibowitz
Executive Vice President
Dr. Irving Birnbaum
Dr. Jacob Ecanow
Dr. Daniel Eisenstein
Dr. Shlomo Golber
Dr. Daniel Katz
Marc Swatez, PhD
Director of Sarnoff Levin Residence
Michael Bellows, LSW
Director of Marketing and Development
Caryn Brissman, MBA
Jason Charet, CPA
Director of Volunteers
Victoria Hass, PhD
Director of Pharmacy
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
CHARITY NAVIGATOR RATES US AS EXCEPTIONAL IN HOW WE SPEND YOUR DONATIONS IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY.