Adult Education, Lectures, Seminars

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

A Taste of Judaism

Union for Reform Judaism
Phone: (872) 256-1818
Email: jbwasserman@urj.org
Web: http://www.reformjudaism.org/tasteil
Contact: Joy Wasserman

Curious about Judaism? A Taste of Judaism is designed for those who are curious about Judaism. These three free weekly sessions focus on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values, and community. Sessions are dynamic and interactive; the teachers are engaging and accessible and are open to all of your questions and concerns. Whether you are simply curious about Judaism or are looking to take your next steps on your Jewish journey you have come to the right place! All are welcome. Program offered at several locations across Chicago and suburbs in the fall, winter and spring.

BJE Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, Center for Jewish Teacher Education *

3320 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-291-7788
Fax: 847-291-7792
Email: rolly@bjechicago.org
Web: www.bjechicago.org
Contact: Rolly S. Cohen, Melton Director, Merle Tovian, Assistant Melton Director

Come experience a Melton class and see for yourself what high-quality, meaningful adult Jewish learning is all about. Discover a world-class curriculum created by scholars at Hebrew University that gives you a chance to explore Jewish thought and text with an outstanding faculty and a wonderful community of learners.

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies

University of Chicago
1115 E. 60th Street
Room 302A
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-7108
Email: ccjs@uchicago.edu
Web: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/ccjs
Contact: Professor David Schloen

Lectures, conferences, and arts programming in all areas of Jewish history, culture, literature, and religion, all open to the public; oversees undergraduate programs; and supports and coordinates graduate degree programs in multiple areas of Jewish Studies in 13 departments and schools.

Chicago Center for Torah & Chesed

6333 N. Troy Street
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-4005
Fax: (773) 761-7603
Email: office@thechicagocenter.org
Web: http://www.thechicagocenter.org
Contact: Rabbi Tzvi Bider

Assistance and services to the community.

Chicago Community Kollel

6506 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 262-9400
Fax: (773) 262-7866
Email: cckollel@cckollel.org
Web: http://www.cckollel.org

Adult education classes for men and women throughout Greater Chicago.

Chicago Jewish Historical Society

610 S. Michigan Ave.
Room 803
Chicago, IL 60605-1901
Phone: (312) 663-5634
Email: info@chicagojewishhistory.org
Web: http://www.chicagojewishhistory.org
Contact: Dr. Rachelle Gold, co-president; Jerry Levin, co-president

Historical material on Chicago Jewry; sponsors public programs; tours of Jewish historic sites; quarterly journal.

Chicago Torah Network

2832 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 761-0400
Fax: (773) 761-9262
Email: info@torahnetwork.org
Web: http://www.torahnetwork.org
Contact: Rabbi Moshe Katz

Classes, seminars, prayer services, torah study, and weekly publication of the torah portion.

Community Service Division *

Hebrew Theological College
7135 N. Carpenter Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 982-2500
Email: htc@htc.edu
Web: http://www.htc.edu

Adult education for Jewish men and women.

Heller JCC Adult Program *

Temple Sholom
3480 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 975-8375
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org

Program offers older adults the opportunity to come together for Open University and activities like current events discussions, Yiddish lessons, and a variety of lecture and day trips in a relaxed, social environment.

Introduction to Judaism

Union for Reform Judaism
Phone: (872) 256-1818
Email: jbwasserman@urj.org
Web: http://www.reformjudaism.org/learning
Contact: Joy Wasserman

An 18-week program designed for individuals and couples from Jewish and various other faith backgrounds who want to explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, Jewish values, symbols and traditions, and Jewish liturgy and texts. Introduction to Judaism is ideal for those who are part of a Jewish family, are considering conversion, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life. Co-sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. Classes are offered at several locations around Chicago and the suburbs in the fall, winter and spring.

JCC Shalom Over 50 *

Phone: (224) 406-9233
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org
Contact: Ilene Uhlmann

Shalom Over 50 is a Jewish club that meets weekly at Temple Anshe Shalom for Yiddish classes, speakers and fellowship. A full schedule of thought-provoking lectures, current events and performances ensures lively discussion and a good time. Lunch is provided each week.

Jewish Learning Institute (JLI)

Regional Office
2833 W. Howard Street
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (877) 876-9655
Fax: (773) 262-2050
Email: info@jlichicago.com
Web: http://www.jlichicago.com
Contact: Rabbi Meir Hecht

Accredited courses in Jewish life, Kabbalah, mysticism, Talmud, and Jewish history for Jews of all backgrounds. Special CLE and CME accredited programs for lawyers and doctors.

Locations throughout the Chicagoland area: Chicago (Hyde Park/Chicago Loop/Rogers Park), Glenview, Gurnee, Highland Park, Naperville, Northbrook, Oak Park, Skokie, Wilmette, Champaign, Peoria.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4991
Email: christophermelton@juf.org
Contact: Christopher Melton

An annual lecture that maintains the dialogue between Jews and Catholics on issues affecting their relationship.

Kollel Toras Chesed

3732 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-7959
Email: info@skokiekollel.org
Web: http://www.skokiekollel.org
Contact: Rabbi Yakov Kreisman

One-on-one learning sessions on Sundays, morning and evening learning sessions for men; classes and discussion groups for men and women; children's story hour on Shabbos; TNT & Besamim programs for children; Women's Tanach class; Torah To Go CD's.

North Shore Torah Center Komimiyus

6247 N. Sacramento Street
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 465-8183

Torah classes, free of charge, primarily in Deerfield and Highland Park.

Philip & Ethel Klutznick Lectures in Jewish Civilization *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4770
Fax: (312) 855-2476

Co-sponsored by Northwestern University. Free annual lectures by eminent Jewish scholars on topics of interest to the Jewish community.

Rabbi Isaac Mayefsky Memorial Lecture *

Associated Talmud Torahs
3531 Madison Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (773) 973-2828
Web: http://www.att.org
Contact: Mrs. Chani Friedman

Annual lecture on parenting and education.

Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel *

JCC Chicago
Administrative Office
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 406-9233
Fax: (847) 205-9350
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/travel

JCC offers a variety of multi-day programs with a focus on Chicago. Each program provides an opportunity for stimulating and interesting experiences and discussions, enriched by the insight of expert docents and the company of fellow lifelong learners. Past programs have included Signature City Chicago, A Taste of Chicago's Food History, Beautiful Music at Ravinia, Theatre in Chicago, and City Highlights Weekend. Road Scholar programs offer adults 55+ affordable, short-term vacation opportunities designed to be both educationally and culturally stimulating and socially gratifying. Program fees include Road Scholar educational sessions, accommodations, entertainment and most meals.

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

Chicago Loop Synagogue
16 S. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 346-7370
Fax: (312) 346-9791

Annual weekend discussions with a nationally known scholar on issues facing the Jewish community.

The Sidney & Frances Avner Torah Learning Center of Northbrook

2548 Jasper Court, Suite 201
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-7255
Fax: (847) 272-3677
Email: rabbikarsh@torahlearningcenter.com
Web: http://www.torahlearningcenter.com
Contact: Rabbi Yehoshua Karsh

Weekly study groups, parent/child discussion groups, classes and workshops, Hebrew and Judaism classes, international lecturers and more.

The Society for Mishnah Study/Chevrah Lomdei Mishnah

Phone: (732) 364-7029
Email: info@societyformishnahstudy.org
Web: http://www.chevrahlomdeimishnah.org/

Commissions Torah scholars to complete a course of designated Mishnah study for the merit of their dear departed. Also arranges tractates of Talmud to be studied on behalf of the dear departed.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership *

610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 322-1700
Email: info@spertus.edu
Web: http://www.spertus.edu

Offers learning opportunities that are rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Offerings are designed to enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Graduate programs and professional workshops are offered in the Chicago area, in select locations across North America, in Israel, and through distance learning. Public programs including films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibits are offered at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

Vaad Hadayanus/Council on Jewish Law

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3555 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 109
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 539-4241
Fax: (773) 478-7591
Contact: Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst

Classes, publications and seminars.

Women to Women

2833 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-3614
Fax: (773) 262-2050

Classes for women on Lubavitch philosophy and thought.

Yeshiva Migdal Torah

Jewish Learning Center
2728 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-7600
Fax: (773) 465-4554
Email: migdaltorah@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://www.migdaltorah.org

Yeshiva Women *

Hebrew Theological College
7135 N. Carpenter Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 982-2500
Fax: (847) 674-6381
Email: YeshivaWomen@htc.edu
Web: http://www.htc.edu

Organizes educational and social programs and fundraising for HTC.

Yeshiva Yaakov Ovenu, YYO Introductions, YYO Singles

6800 N. California Ave.
Unit 1S
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (847) 745-8021, (847) 840-4269
Fax: (847) 745-8021
Email: yyo613@yahoo.com
Web: http://yeshivayaakovovenu.org
Contact: Sheila Segall

Dedicated to helping fellow Jews, providing Torah and chesed to those in need. Torah classes, home study programs, YYO Singles, YYO Introductions, Better Beginnings (relationship enhancement), seminars, Mishmeres Shmiras HaLoshon of Chicago, Clothes Committee (collects and distributes clothing to those in need), Pesa Bas HaRav Eliezer Shtick Gmach (shtick, arches for chasunas). All services are free of charge.

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Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. Post 54

Open to all U. S. armed forces Jewish veterans regardless of where and when served. We support all veterans in local VA hospitals and through community activities, preserve the memories of patriotic service, honor the memory of our heroic dead, foster the education of former service-members, and provide support for active duty service members. We meet the second Sunday of every month at Cong. Etz Chaim in Lombard, at 10AM (please check our website for exact time and location). You are invited to attend a meeting, become a member, and help us help all veterans.

Maccabim Hebrew School

Serving Israeli and American children age 2 and older in the Chicago metro area, providing them a unique anchor to Hebrew language, Jewish learning and Israeli culture, and strengthening their Jewish-Israeli identity. Families come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, and the Sunday-morning classes are conducted primarily in Hebrew by professional educators who are also native speakers.

JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center-Wicker Park

JCYS Wicker Park offers early childhood education for children ages 15 months-5 years through school year and summer camp programming. As our center grows, after-school programming for Grades K-6 and summer camps for Grades K-Grade 8 will be added.

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