“Kindness” is our middle name – literally.

We call ourselves the Chicago Chesed Fund because Chesed is the Hebrew word for kindness, and that’s what we are all about.

For 25 years, we’ve remained committed to helping Jewish families in crisis throughout metropolitan Chicago by providing immediate assistance.  

We opened our doors in 1987 with food distribution and financial assistance programs to 35 families. 

Today, our more than 20 programs and services provide vital assistance to over 3,000 individuals a year. Our original budget of $100,000 has since grown to over $4 million.

shoesOur 44,000-square-foot “warehouse of kindness” in Lincolnwood has served as our headquarters since 2005. We offer a wide array of programs and services, aimed at battling hunger, preventing eviction and homelessness, and providing needy families with basics such as furniture and clothing. Our flagship program is our food pantry, which has helped us become one of the largest food distribution centers in northern Cook county. 

We aren’t just another social services organization. 

Our response is immediate, coming only hours after a request for assistance is made. 

We realize the importance of maintaining our clients’ dignity, and offer assistance with sensitivity and discretion.  

We are dedicated to addressing the specific cultural needs of the Chicago Jewish community – such as the need for kosher food, a Jewish education, and access to culturally appropriate care and resources.

Today, the Chicago Chesed Fund serves Jewish families throughout the city of Chicago, primarily in the Rogers Park, Peterson Park, and Albany Park neighborhoods, and some northern suburbs. 

Over the last quarter of a century, we’ve made a real difference in the lives of hundreds of Jewish families throughout the city of Chicago. We’ve helped them put food on the table, clothe their children and pay their mortgage – and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. 

In short, we’ve helped strengthen the very fabric of our Jewish community.

Yet, in recent years, the economic climate has led to a significant increase in demand for our services.  Even as we continue to expand to meet this need, we remain true to the vision of our founders – to offer personalized, immediate assistance to those in need.

To learn more about our services or to volunteer please visit our website: www.chicagochesedfund.org

Call our main number 847-679-7799
for:

Car donations

General donations

Food Pantry

Food Porch Family G'mach – Clothing, Books, Toys, Baby Equipment

Housewares

Interest-Free Loans  

Furniture

Simcha Link Matchmaking Service www.simchalink.org

For other services, please call these direct numbers:

Eviction Prevention (Arevim) 

773-242-9318 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job Link  

773-866-1111 /www.joblinkchicago.org

Linen (Bed, Bath and Chesed)  

847-675-2154 

Medical Supplies (Routberg Memorial)  

773-761-4624

Bridal Gowns & Headpieces (Ateres Chaya)  

773-267-7174

Bridal Showers (Ginot Shoshana)  

847-982-0562

Centerpieces (Prop-A-Party)  

773-778-7205

Chair & Table Lend (Simcha Lend)  

773-539-5991

Crinoline G'mach  

773-262-0799

Gowns Rentals for Immediate Family (Jane Webster Simcha Boutique)  

773-539-1069

Maternity Gown G'mach  

773-338-6361 

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The laws of the Parah Adumah -- the red heifer -- are detailed. These laws of ritual purification are to be used when someone has come into contact with death. After the nation 'wanders' for nearly 40 years in the desert, Miryam passes away and is buried at Kadesh. The people complain about the loss of their water supply which until then has been provided for them miraculously in the merit of Miryam's righteousness. Aharon and Moshe pray for the people's welfare. HaShem commands them to gather the nation at Merivah, and speak to a designated rock so that water will flow forth from it. Distressed by the people's lack of faith, Moshe hits the rock instead of speaking to it. He thus fails to produce the intended public demonstration of HaShem's power over the world which would have resulted if the rock had produced water as a result of him only speaking to it. Therefore, HaShem tells Moshe and Aharon that they will not bring the people into the Land. The Beney Yisrael resume their travels, but because the King of Edom, a descendant of Esav, denies them passage through his country, they do not travel the most direct route to Erets Yisrael.


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