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  • Ukraine ReliefUkraine is home to 350,000 Jewish men, women and children. Wherever they are, and whatever their needs, Chabad-Lubavitch is there for them.

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  • ShavuotShavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.
  • Refugee and Immigration AidRefugee and Immigrant Aid, Social and Humanitarian services: FREE helps Eastern European immigrants and refugees with the myriad of arrangements necessary for a successful move. Read More
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About
Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE), Inc., has been in existence since 1973. Our mission is to promote Jewish pride, identity and continuity among New American families in the greater Chicagoland area, by providing educational, religious, cultural and social services in a caring non-judgmental environment.

FREE’s programming and services focuses on Jewish family life cycle events and holidays and festivals in the Jewish calendar year. The FREE Hebrew schools, Bar and Bas Mitzvah preparation classes and youth clubs are an integral part of our youth education program. Adult Judaic classes and counseling and Family Shabat Services helps New Americans become proud members of the Jewish community. Our popular Memorial Yizkor and Kaddish programs are important and meaningful avenues that link generations and bridge continents. The widely acclaimed Shalom Magazine, a Russian language publication of FREE, features quality journalism and enjoys avid global readership. All of our programs are provided in the framework of a caring family environment.

At the present time FREE’s primary location is the Bellows Educational and Cultural Center in Chicago with three additional satellites located throughout the Chicago area and in the suburbs.
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Learning & Inspiration
  • A Living LegacyWe are not celebrating the past, but something very real, in the present. Read More
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  • 10 Must-Read Books With Some of the Rebbe’s Most Essential TeachingsA growing number of works make the Rebbe’s wisdom more accessible than ever Read More
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Some believe that life is simply about each person doing what he or she must do. For them, there are no great differences between us. One may be wise, another thoughtless, one a pragmatist, the other a dreamer, one looks heavenward, the other earthward. But life is not about thoughts or dreams or heaven. Life is about what you do. They are right, but they are also wrong. Life is about doing, but the doing must shine. It must shine such a brilliant light that this whole world of doing will transcend itself. To shine with that light, we must be plugged in. We must be connected together as a single organism, bonded by those souls that...
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