The Ark’s Peterson offices close Feb. 28. We will reopen on Mar. 11 at 6450 N. California Ave. and in Northbrook. Learn more.

Spiritual Enrichment

All Are Welcome

Through the Michael E. Schneider Spiritual Enrichment Program, our clients and Jewish community members deepen their connection to Judaism through The Ark.

About Spiritual Enrichment

For 50 years, The Ark has served as a beloved and trusted spiritual resource in the Chicago Jewish community. Under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Tenenbaum for three decades, Chicagoland Jews study Torah, benefit from counseling and experience dignified Jewish life cycle events.


Named for a young community member lost too soon and funded by the generosity of his family, the Michael E. Schneider Spiritual Enrichment Program welcomes all in the Jewish community – both clients of The Ark and others in the community, each uplifted by participation.

Rabbi Shlomo Tenenbaum

Each week, Rabbi Tenenbaum conducts group Torah classes to connect the weekly Parsha to participants’ daily lives, enriching them with a better understanding of Torah and Jewish thought for renewed connection to Jewish life. In individual or group Spiritual Counseling sessions, dialogue takes lessons even further, providing a deeper understanding, comfort and community.


Rabbi Tenenbaum oversees Brit Milah celebrations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and facilitates shiva. He is called upon by local authorities to ensure that those in the Jewish community who have passed away and do not have family or resources to plan a funeral have a Jewish service and burial with the dignity they deserve.

Our Services

Case Management and Social Services

Financial Counseling and Assistance

Employment Services

Mental Health Services

Food Assistance and Pantry

Health Clinics and Pharmacy

Housing Solutions