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Support Resources

North Shore Congregation Israel cares for all of our congregants and members of our community. We are particularly concerned for our most vulnerable NSCI congregants.


General Support

Please let us know if you need assistance or to connect with us for support. Additionally, please let us know if you are aware of someone who might benefit from this kind of outreach. By using this LINK, your confidential information will go to the NSCI Clergy and we will follow up when appropriate.


Find Support Through Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)

Elizabeth Ury, LNHA and JCFS Chicago Director of Jewish Community Engagement is available to talk with you and help individuals who are looking for resources to help with life events such as divorce, aging issues, mental health, and parenting. Please email There is no cost for NSCI members. 
Call 855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237) or email "" to access their available resources, their on-line grief support groups, counseling and Response Center programs.


Hands of Chesed

“It is always wonderful to know you’re thought of somewhere else beyond your four walls.” 


Chesed is Hebrew for kindness. Hands of Chesed is a group of NSCI volunteers who spread kindness. We want to help you during a difficult time. If you’re dealing with illness, divorce, mourning or other challenges, let us drop off dinner or groceries and the warmth of our NSCI community! If we can help you, or if you want to join our team to spread kindness, please tell our volunteers so they can reach out. 

Hands of Chesed is led by Leslie Rosen.

Contact Leslie

Addiction and Recovery Support

North Shore Congregation Israel is a caring community for individuals struggling with addiction and in recovery, as well as for their friends and family.

We also want to make sure that you know about the following online resources for recovery support:


For the calendar of Addiction Recovery Peer Support Meetings in Jewish Communal Locations, updated 8-10-23, click here.


  • Addiction Peer Support Meetings (the AA and FA meetings at North Shore Congregation Israel are now in person)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings - Wednesdays, 6:00 pm at NSCI and on Zoom. To receive the password for Zoom access, you must call Mark prior to the meeting at 847-773-1919. For information on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, contact Mark at 847-738-1919 or
  • Al-Anon Electronic meetings for adults impacted by a loved one’s addiction
  • Families Anonymous Meetings for family members impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Tuesdays, 7:00 pm at NSCI and on Zoom. To receive the password for Zoom access, you must call Mark prior to the meeting at 847-773-1919. For information on Families Anonymous (FA) meetings, contact Margot at 847-738-0306 or
  • JACS is an acronym for “Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically dependent, and Significant others,” a peer-led support group for Jews in addiction recovery, offering space for all Jews in addiction recovery to come together to support each other in their recovery journey. This virtual program Email to join and receive login information.
  • Veterans and Substance Abuse is an online support resource for veterans dealing with substance abuse.  The site includes a 24-hour crisis line as well as other veteran-specific support information.

Online Recovery Book Study Meetings

Our friends at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard have two ongoing book study meetings.  Open to folks from any recovery fellowship and allies. 

 Mondays 7 p.m. Central:  Drop the Rock:  Removing Character Defects Steps 6 & 7

 Thursdays 7 p.m. Central:  12 Steps and 12 Traditions

 Click here for details, including Zoom ID# and passwords.


Virtual Recovery Programming & Resources

We're grateful to our friends at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles for inviting our community to participate in their featured events and weekly offerings as well as to access their online recovery resources. Click HERE to visit their website. 




Caring for loved ones

Find Support for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Through JUF (Jewish United Fund) and Encompass

Meeting the needs of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in the Jewish community is a civil rights issue that compels our community’s unwavering commitment. JUF and Encompass are committed to expanding Jewish community-based services for these adults so that they can live safe, productive and meaningful lives and to enhancing inclusion so that they can fully participate in our Jewish community. At present, agency partners include JCC Chicago, JCFS Chicago (including JVS), Keshet, Libenu and Yachad.

Find events and support information through their website here.


JUF + JCFS Path to Parenthood Program
For many, the journey to parenthood isn’t straightforward. Individuals and couples on their path to parenthood now have a safe, supportive, and informative Jewish space through JUF, in partnership with JCFS. The Path to Parenthood program offers educational webinars, support groups, financial support for medical treatments and adoption expenses, and more. In recognition of National Infertility Awareness Week, Path to Parenthood is happy to announce that its grant cycle for financial support is now open. Learn more here.


Caring for Loved Ones and Ourselves, Now

So many of us are caring for elder family and trying to balance this with self care.  It’s not easy.  The realities of our pandemic make care of our loved ones and ourselves even more challenging. This panel discussion features Elizabeth Ury, JCFS, Director of Jewish Community Engagement, Julie Fohrman, Gerontologist & Principal of North Shore Geriatric Care Management and Rabbi Lisa Greene, North Shore Congregation Israel.

Click here to watch the recording.

Click here for the slide on Self Care from the presentation.

If you found this conversation meaningful & are interested in further programming, please contact Rabbi Greene, 847.835.0724

Contact Rabbi Greene

Caring Conversations Training

View a virtual, interactive training for synagogue volunteers who make phone calls or visits to check in with congregants in our synagogue community. This training provides tips and considerations to keep in mind when making calls, examples of topics or concerns that may come up during the calls, and suggestions for supportive responses. Facilitated by Rabbi Joe Ozarowski, and Laurie Garber-Amram, LCSW.

Click here to view the recording.


Loving Those with Memory Loss

On Tuesday, March 1 Rabbi Lisa S.Greene spoke with Sarah Cohen, Dementia Care Specialist of CJE SeniorLife, in a conversation about normal vs not normal aging. They discussed signs that suggest that your dear one may need more assistance and consider your role in their care.

Clic here to view the recording.



Community Conversations

Community Pandemic Update: An NSCI/JUF Conversation

Join NSCI President Marilyn Perlman and Rabbi Geffen in conversation with JUF CEO Lonnie Nasatir about the communal resources for support to our congregants during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to view the recorded conversation from May 19.


Specifically for Older Adults

The CJE offers easy to access programs, videos and resources for older adults. Click HERE to access the resources.


Is This The Fast I Desire? 
A Conversation About Community, Mental Health, and Hope

Rabbi Ryan Daniels and Alexa James, MS, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer of NAMI Chicago lead this important discussion. Click here to view the recording from Sept. 16, 2021 and here for the handout.


Healthcare Professionals on the Frontlines: A Conversation of Affirmation, Information & Support -YouTube

With Rabbi Lisa Greene & Ken Moses, PhD, an expert on crisis, trauma, loss & grief. (recorded Sunday, April 26).  If you are interested in further conversations on this topic, please email Rabbi Greene:

Contact Rabbi Greene


For Parents

JUF's Path to Parenthood

JUF's Jewish Resources for Families on Fertility & Grants for Family Building

Click here to explore resources.


Chicago Coalition for Family Building: Grants


Grants from the Chicago Coalition for Family Building are open to eligible individuals and couples to help defray the financial challenges of infertility treatment, adoption, or third party reproduction. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and the number of grants available is dependent upon annual fundraising efforts. 

Grant applications may be submitted from April 23, 2023 - June 30th, 2023.

Explore the many grants offered to eligible families here.


Anxiety in Our Children: How Do I respond?

In this video, a panel of mental health professionals discusses anxiety in children, answering: What is typical & what is not? They offer resources can we turn to when we need guidance, information and support.
This panel features: Jennifer Welbel,, MA, LCPC, Founder of North Suburban Center for Anxiety Lisa Ehrlich, M.Ed, Manager, Outreach and Education, Response for Teens, JCFS Chicago Alicia Guy, LCSW, Social Worker New Trier High School and Rabbi Lisa S. Green, moderator, North Shore Congregation Israel. Recorded February 23, 2022.

Click here to view the recording.


Pandemic Parenting:  Looking Ahead

Click here for a recording of the May 11 conversation with two experts on children, families and anxiety, Ellen Sachs Alter, PhD., a licensed clinical psychologist, and Jennifer Welbel, LCPC, owner of the North Suburban Center for Anxiety.  Rabbi Greene hosted this program in which our speakers offered NSCI parents responses to the question: How do we support & respond to our children right now & looking ahead beyond the school year?  


Resources For Parents
Click HERE for resources from the The Child Mind Institute on managing your own anxiety and supporting your kids and their concerns.




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