Language Classes

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

Chicago YIVO Society

141 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1910 A
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 408-9493
Fax: (312) 408-9462
Contact: Jacob Morowitz, President

Local affiliate of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research: public programs on Yiddish language, culture, and history; Yiddish reading circle; scholarships in Yiddish studies.

Say it in Hebrew! *

JCC Chicago
Phone: (847) 763-3627
Contact: Abby Ashkenazi

Connect to Israel and Jewish culture by learning the everyday language spoken in Israel so that is practical, relevant and effective for real life. Students are immersed in a Hebrew speaking setting in small classes with fellow learners of similar language proficiency. Multiple levels of instruction at three sites across the Chicago area.

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
Contact: Rabbi Yehoshua Karsh

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

Yiddish Services

8914 N. Central Park
Evanston, IL 60203-1815
Phone: (847) 675-3335
Fax: (847) 675-0224
Contact: Dr. Khane-Faygl (Anita) Turtletaub

Translations, lessons and classes, lectures, Yiddish proverbs, Jewish humor.

What's New in the Guide

Introduction to Judaism

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.

A Taste of Judaism

Curious about Judaism? A Taste of Judaism is designed for those who are curious about Judaism. These free three 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. 

Haym Salomon Center

A news and public policy group that produces content often ignored by traditional media outlets. Works to change the media's cultural narrative on Israel and Islamic extremism, combat anti-Semitism and defend Western civilization.

IL Holocaust Museum Docent