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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
  • Who Compiled the Babylonian Talmud?A process of fragmentation had begun, whereby great scholars established academies of their own. Read More
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  • Hundreds Gain Rabbinic Ordination While Deep Into Successful CareersAccredited programs empower serious adult students, online or in person Read More
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Daily Thought
Suppose we were handed a red pen and an eraser, and told we could rewrite reality. If the storyline wouldn’t look so nice, we could change that. Even if the outcome is what we deserve and what logically follows by our actions, it could still be edited out. We all have such a pen: Our confidence in G‑d’s kindness. Trust in Him, believe it will be good, and He will make it so. Is it fair? Is it justified? Yes. Because if you can trust so strongly...
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