Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

This year, CJE celebrates 45 years of service to the Jewish and larger community.  From our humble beginnings as a storefront in Rogers Park, founded in 1971 by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, we have evolved into a nationally-recognized older adult health and human services organization.  As you explore our website, I invite you to celebrate significant milestones in our history by viewing our timeline that features some treasured photos from our archives.

Through the decades, we have worked diligently to fulfill our mission to enhance the lives of older adults.  Our comprehensive website illustrates our robust continuum of care that provides our older community members with opportunities for life enrichment, vital supportive resources, outcomes-driven healthcare, applied research and continuing professional education for individuals who have a deep commitment to Rabbi Heschel’s time-honored core value of “the test of a people is how it behaves toward the old.”

What sets us apart is that over the years we have also introduced many innovative programs that have  become “best practice” models for healthcare organizations throughout the country.  Because we are a non-profit organization, we strive to be especially strategic and proactive in understanding the changing needs of today’s consumer.  At the same time, we are learning to become more nimble in a rapidly-changing health care environment.   And to meet the growing needs of seniors, we are also working harder to develop strong and productive relationships with a wide range of community partners.  

As you read the stories and see  the pictures or videos of those who reach out to us for assistance,  you will experience the many ways we highlight our staff’s  commitment to our mission.   Individually and collectively, our caring bus drivers, specially-trained nurses, dedicated social workers,  inspirational creative arts therapists, and compassionate Rabbi are always working hard to earn—and keep—your trust and respect.

On behalf of CJE’s Board of Directors, our team of 700-plus employees and hundreds of volunteers, thank you for exploring our website and learning more how CJE can serve you and your loved ones.

If I can be of personal assistance, always feel  free to reach out to me at Mark.weiner@cje.net or by calling me at 773.508.1009.

Respectfully yours,


Mark D. Weiner
CJE President & CEO