Adult Education, Lectures, Seminars

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

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

3320 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 291-7788 x1304, (847) 291-7788 x1321
Fax: (847) 291-7792
Email: rolly@bjechicago.org
Web: http://www.bjechicago.org
Contact: Rolly S. Cohen, Melton Director; Paula Spitz, 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. Edward H. Mazur, 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.

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 a Temple Anshe Shalom in Olympia Fields 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/roadscholar

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.

Skokie Women's Tfilla Group

c/o Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob
8825 E. Prairie Road
Skokie, IL 60076
Email: skokiewtg@gmail.com
Contact: Ruth Binter

Providing all women of the community an additional avenue of prayer and spirituality within the bounds of Halacha. Meets one Shabbat morning each month for davening, Torah reading and learning. Meets on Purim for Megillah reading.

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 *

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

Offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture, that are open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs include films, speakers, seminars, and concerts—at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the 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: htc@htc.edu
Web: http://www.htc.edu
Contact: Cheryl Karesh

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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