The Chicago Center for Torah & Chesed
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About The Chicago Center

The Zidichover Bais Medrash in Chicago was established by Harav Yehoshua Heschel Eichenstein, zt”l, in 1922. Under his leadership and the leadership of his son, Harav Avrohom Eichenstein, zt”l, the Bais Medrash provided the pillars of Torah, Tefilla and Chesed with expanding services to benefit Yidden of those generations, including the shattered survivors of the Holocaust. When Harav Yehoshua Eichenstein, shlit”a, the current Zidichover Rebbe assumed the mantle of leadership in 1967, he dedicated his life’s mission “to accomplish for Hashem’s cause in Chicago.”

The Chicago Center for Torah & Chesed was established in 1991, as both an offshoot of those existing programs and services, and to spearhead new Torah and Chesed initiatives. Its innovative learning programs include the internationally popular Daf Yomi Digest and Mishna Berura Yomi Audio/Digest. Achdus in our community is fostered by the Acheinu Directory and weekly Achdus Bulletin email.  Refuah-311 provides a host of support services for cholim and their families.

To learn more about our programs, please click here: Torah | Minyanim | Chesed | Refuah-311

By the Numbers – At The Center – This Year!

1,260responses to motorists & home-owners by
Chaverim

2,840hours of housekeeping help arranged by
Helping Hands

6,000nights of accommodation at
Hachnosas Orchim

4,600worldwide lauding Mishna Berura Digest & daily audio Halacha emails

180High School seniors screened for
Genetic Testing

1,000+referrals and advocacy provided by Refuah-311

4,000around the world learning Daf Yomi with Daf Yomi Digest

8,000seudos to those experiencing challenges & poverty by
Food for Shabbos

500requests for rides & meals coordinated by
Chesed E-Chain

6,400hours learned over the spring & summer at
Fathers & Sons Learning

15,000hours learned at
Kollel Dirshu

Hundredsof adults & students learning life-saving skills at
CPR/First Aid Classes

6,500Minyanim at the Minyan Center

Thousandsof dollars targeted wisely through
Dollars With Sense

34,000snacks consumed from
Hospital Pantries

Testimonials

I wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude for your incredible Helping Hands program. You cannot imagine what a lifesaver it is to have cleaning help with our baby and other children; we’re amazed at the chesed you’ve shown us, really unbelievable.M.P.

I thought it was going to be the longest and most miserable Shabbos ever, in the hospital. But the elaborate package from Seudos For Cholim - from candles and challah cover, to the delicious food - turned my whole Shabbos experience around. My feeling of loneliness disappeared. I gathered the strength to say all the berachos and sing zemiros. I felt the shechina in my room.K.S.

Helping Hands is a perfect description of the chesed you provide families in need. While running back and forth from the hospital and trying to take care of our family, it was really impossible to keep up with daily household chores. The extra “hands” you sent to assist us in our home was itself a yeshua. And knowing how much others care for us was a tremendous chizuk for our family. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank youC.K.

Your “Chaverim” rescued me from being locked out of my home (with my baby). One of the volunteers happily climbed into our second story window, to my amazement. Tizku L’Mitzvos!R.N.

I recently started listening to Rav Yitzchok Berkovits’ shiurim of your Mishna Berura Yomi program and they are absolutely great! He is so clear and makes some of the halachos really come alive. I now understand a number of halachos which were previously much more foreign to me, with greater clarity. Tizku L”Mitzvos and please don’t stop!R.

Our family had a difficult time ‘in between homes’. The Chicago Center very graciously provided us use of their Hachnosas Orchim apartment for two months; this really gave us the koach to stay positive during a nisayon until we found our current home. You treated us with such sensitivity. We cannot thank you enough. S.G.

Thank you for all the help you provided us through the Chesed E-Chain. It shows how deeply Ahavas Yisroel runs in this community.

Thank you for all the care, time and effort extended for our family during the week we were in the hospital with our son. You enabled us to keep the house routine as stable as possible, advocated for us at the hospital and checked up to make sure we had what we needed. The Kosher Pantry and fridge were enjoyed during the long hospital shifts and the Shabbos meals you sent to the hospital infused the hospital ward with an atmosphere of Shabbos and kedusha. R.C.

We used the Taxi Service to get us to the hospital for the birth of our first baby. Having it brought us menuchas hanefesh during a frazzled time. Thank you! With gratitude, - M.M.

The Fathers and Sons program has transformed our Shabbasos and has strengthened my relationship with my son. Together we have learned so much Chumash. The chizuk to both of us has been amazing. Thank you!T.H.

We are so grateful to Chaverim for helping our daughter and her friends when they had a flat tire in a vacant lot at 10:30 pm last night. R.P.

Daf Digest is amazing; the stories and Halacha column give life to the daily Daf Yomi shiur I give. M.B; Melbourne, Australia

We are grateful to Refuah-311 for all your help in guiding us through our baby’s surgery. You ensured we would find the proper team of doctors and hospital to be Hashem’s shaliach.D.R.

I am so glad to have learned crucial information at the informative CPR course.M.B.

Erev Pesach I had to rush with my mother to the E/R. Sometime during the day I realized I was hungry and learned about the Refuah-311 Pantry. I went down and took grape juice, candy, applesauce, and tuna. You cannot imagine what it meant to me.

My thanks to the Dollars With Sense for helping me organize my finances. I am impressed by your professionalism, your integrity, and your dedication to your work.

I am in the Army as you can tell from my e-mail address. I look forward to receiving the Daf Digest because it helps me with learning and keeping a connection with Torah observance.Y.G.

Thank you for enabling us to get All Kids coverage. My child has a chronic medical condition, and All Kids provides the necessary and expensive medication. Without it, we would be in tremendous debt.E.R.

I have such Hakaros Hatov for the Tuesdays with Rifkie program my mother attends. Rifkie is wonderful - warm, giving, and patient. My mother looks forward to the program each week.

Thank you for the unparalleled Hachnosas Orchim. You put major thought into all amenities to ensure our comfort and helped ease a challenging time. Family S; Israel

Refuah-311 and Rabbi Matzliach helped me get a top cardiologist for my mother, and was instrumental in her care. There are no words to express my hakaras hatov.

I found a job through your wonderful Achdus Bulletin!

From A-Z your help after my baby was born was a true lifeline; one of the reasons Chicago has such a stellar name when it comes to support in our community! From Food For Cholim meals while I was in the hospital over 10 days, to cleaning help through Helping Hands and beyond! It really helped me gather myself.מי שעוסקים בצרכי ציבור באמונה הקב"ה ישלם שכרם!Gratefully, S.S.

Please accept my thanks for being promulgaters of the Mishna Berura Yomi Seder. It has carried me through the last 5 ½ years and I am a different person because of it. May you continue to be Marbeh Kovod Shomayim in all that you do.A.W.

Medical Referrals: We noticed that our two year old daughter was not acting herself. Worried that something may be wrong, we contacted Refuah-311 for help, and you matched us up with a doctor right away. What can we say?
מי כעמך ישראל!! Thank you so much for being such wonderful שלוחים to make sure כלל ישראל is well taken care of!M.M.

I would like to thank you for the spacious accommodations, and your efforts to ensure the comfort of guests. In addition to חן המקום על יושביו it was obvious the effort that was put into the upkeep, that every corner should be maximally כלים נעים ודירה נאה מרחיבין. May Hashem bless you for how you are mekayem the mitzvah of Hachnosas Orchim.Y.P.

We are most appreciative for the food and Shabbos supplies available in the hospital. Because we arrived on Shabbos, it was especially helpful to benefit from the generous variety of supplies stocked in the Kosher Pantry. With great hakoras hatov,M.P.

The Daf Digest is beautiful work. Finally convinced me to learn Daf Yomi. Cheilkhem l'orysa!K.L.

Thank you for the Taxi Cards. Having to take my husband to the ER on erev Shabbos was terrifying. Knowing I could get back home after he was stabilized was comforting. Thanks for all you do!C.L.

We would like to express our great appreciation for all the wonderful programs and services the Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed provides for us, our families, and our community. May you be zoche to continue in all your עבודת הקודש.

Thank you for all your community services! With the birth of our twins this year, we were beneficiaries of your wonderful and tremendously helpful services, including Taxi Cards, Helping Hands, and Simcha Calling Post. Thank you very much for your wonderful work.

Every morning I open my email and use Daf Digest to review the Daf I learned the night before. No better way to start the day!Y.R.; Beit Shemesh, Israel

As a mother of a large family with a newborn baby, Helping Hands brings me sanity and enables me to focus my energies on my children.T.J.

With the help of Mishna Berura Yomi I was able to finish the cycle! S.M.

Our 2 year old daughter slipped in the tub right before Shabbos and we needed to go to the E/R. My wife grabbed the Refuah-311 Taxi Cards and they gave us one less thing to worry about in those stressful moments.D.G.

Through the Achdus Bulletin I found someone to take a package to Cleveland.R.P.

Daf Digest provides superb and excellent chazara. Everyone in my shiur benefits from it. This is an indispensible tool for anyone doing the Daf!M.D.; Toronto, Canada

The Community Service Emails enables all of us to be more connected, especially during times of sadness. Thank you for providing this important service.

The quality of your Mishna Berura Yomi Digest changed my life! In 15 minutes we find all the essentials of the amud in a clear and precise way of learning.C.B.

After my young son locked himself in the bathroom, I called Chaverim and volunteers came within minutes to open the door and free my son.P.M.

Thank you for sending us the new Acheinu. It's a fantastic resource.N.H.

Thank you for the comfortable Hachnosas Orchim accommodations. We really appreciated being hosted by a community that cares.B.P.

My wife and I had a tire blow out on the highway. We made it off the ramp and called Chaverim. Within 20 minutes my tire was changed.J.K.

Last Shabbos we went to the hospital for the birth of our baby. My husband was able to enjoy a seuda of challah and gefilte fish from the Refuah-311 Pantry. He even made Havdalah with grape juice and besamim. Thank you, thank you, for what you do and the thought behind it - to help our community in the best possible way.

Thank you for your marvelous Daf Yomi Digest that assists us as we continue to learn the Daf daily. All 20 shiur members use the daf sheets to assist us on our journey. They consider themselves so fortunate for the opportunity to study Gemara and Daf Digest helps them gain new understanding into the daf!F.M.

I have been learning the Daf since the beginning of this cycle. The Daf has had a tremendous hashpa’a on my life. Sometimes I have wondered though - what lessons am I taking with me?
Your Daf Digest has given me an answer to that question. By reading the Digest after I've learnt the Daf, I'm better able to remember the central topics, and also have relevant-for-today cases to think about and talk to others about. More than ever, I am now much more able to take the Daf with me even when the Gemara is closed. Thanks!C.S.

My family and I want to thank you for Helping Hands cleaning help. What a wonderful service! May Hashem give you Koach and resources to continue helping women recuperating from childbirth!

Thank you for the wonderful Yeshivas HaMasmidim Zichron Mordechai Leib program. There is no better host for this program than one of Chicago’s premier אכסנאות של תורה, the Chicago Center. I have been learning with my son at Masmidim for a couple of years now. It has markedly changed his attitude towards learning and as a result and without any exaggeration, his path in life, iy”H.L.Z.

My husband and I were in our car with 4 grandchildren when we realized the car was shaking due to a flat tire! We pulled over and instead of panicking, we called Chaverim. Before too long, our flat was changed, by a Chaverim volunteer, and we were on our merry way! Thank you for the relief you provide for so many so often. !מי כעמך ישראלR.R.

The Food for Cholim Shabbos seuda was wonderful - from Kiddush to the food. And we appreciated the Halachos for Shabbos pamphlet.

Patient Advocacy: I was taken to the E/R after feeling extreme pressure in my chest. Rabbi Matzliach took command of my case. He made sure I had the best doctors; in his merit my cardiac procedure was performed by the one of the most experienced physicians. He visited me often, to ensure I was well cared for, and arranged for dinner to be delivered to me each night. We don’t have the words to express our gratitude and appreciation.S.Y.A.

My son and I benefit so much from learning together at the Fathers & Sons Shabbos Program. We have continued our learning on weeknights – a development that would not have materialized, if not for your phenomenal program.

I listen to the Mishna Berura Yomi lectures constantly and have already learned half the Mishna Berurah. I could not have done it without you. Thank you for the wonderful service to the Torah community.