Child and Family Programs

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

Fridays at JCC *

300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-763-3517
Email: akaufman@jccchicago.org
Web: www.jccchicago.org/families

Second Fridays 5:45-7:30pm Northbrook@ Bernard Weinger JCC; Lake Zurich @ Lake County JCC; Lakeview @ Florence G. Heller JCC. Who doesn't love seconds and thirds of a good thing? Join the JCC Community for a young family Shabbat on second Friday nights monthly. We provide dinner and dessert along with songs, stories and of course Shabbat Candle lighting and challah! Third Saturdays 3:30pm-5:00pm Northbrook, Lake County, Lakeview. Third Saturdays is an opportunity for your family to enjoy an afternoon of fun with your JCC community. Ending with Havdalah, families can participate in a themed craft, snack and an interactive activity or entertainment.

jBaby Chicago *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4907
Email: jbabychicago@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/jbabychicago

Welcoming the newest and cutest members of Chicago's Jewish community with baby and tot classes, playgroups and special jBaby swag! jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families of newborns and tots (0-24 months) make connections, build friendships, and engage in Jewish life in Chicago. Sign up now for jBaby Chicago to claim your swag and get connected.

JCC J at School *

Phone: (847) 763-3632
Email: psteele@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/jatschool
Contact: Peter Steele

JCC Chicago's J at School is an umbrella program providing high quality after school, before school, enrichment, recess and lunch supervision in more than two dozen schools throughout the Chicagoland area.

JCC School’s Out *

30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/schoolsout

In coordination with local school calendars, the JCC provides safe, quality and fun care for children in kindergarten through grade five. Days off school spent at JCC School's Out days are filled with a variety of trips to local destinations, events, sports and games, and meaningful activities. Experienced staff balance the day with structure and enthusiasm. Children can come with a friend or make new friendships. The JCC also offers pre- and post-camp School's Out days to help families bridge unscheduled summer days for their children.

JCC Sports, Leagues and Aquatics *

Phone: (224) 406-9224
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: kconner@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/sports
Contact: Kirsten Conner, Director, Sports and Aquatics

JCC offers a wide variety of sports programming at JCC locations across Metropolitan Chicago. All programs provide an opportunity to learn new skills and progress in development through instruction, practice, and individual or team play. Children will learn a love for sports and find new challenges in a variety of classes and leagues within an appropriately competitive atmosphere. Features leagues for basketball, soccer, floor hockey and flag football. Staff is trained to enhance self esteem, teach skills and bring Jewish values to life both on and off the field/court. JCC also excels at group and individual swim instruction with our exclusive Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Offers instruction at all swim levels as well as lifeguard training. Swim lessons begin for children as young as three months old. Parent/tot, group and private swim lessons are also available. All-In Swim is a new, inclusive learn-to-swim program for children with autism spectrum disorder and is offered at various aquatic locations across the city and suburbs.

Jewish Family Experience

3200 W Touhy
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (773) 706-6036, 847-677-6279
Email: mashi@jewishfamilyexp.org
Web: http://www.jewishfamilyexp.org
Contact: Mashi Polstein

A dynamic family-based Hebrew school and Bnei Mitzvah program, JFE 's team of dedicated and passionate teachers combine experiential learning with a welcoming classroom atmosphere to provide a strong and inspired Jewish education. Founded and supported by the ATT, in partnership with NCSY and the Chicago Torah Network. JFE's once-a-week program attracts a wide range of families from across the North Shore. Families are welcome regardless of religious background or affiliation. Parents participate in holiday workshops together with their children-and enjoy weekly discussions led by Chicago Torah Network. Visit jewishfamilyexp.org for more information.

Jewish Family Interactive eXperience (J-FIX)

A division of the Suburban Alliance for Jewish Education (S.A.J.E.)
720 Armstrong Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (224) 534-9613, (773) 771-2613
Fax: (206) 208-3041
Email: jewishfix@gmail.com
Web: http://www.j-fix.org
Contact: Rabbi Shimon Zehnwirth

A family Hebrew school and bar/bat mitzvah program servicing the northern and western suburbs. Welcomes Jewish families from all backgrounds and instills Jewish values, Jewish identity and Jewish pride in students. A comprehensive, fun and exciting curriculum gives children a strong Jewish foundation to build upon for the future. Need-based scholarships available to qualifying families. Inspiring and informative adult education classes are offered simultaneously for parents at no charge.

Jewish Performing Arts Academy

Sager Solomon Schechter Day School
3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (312) 427-5570

Instruction for high-school students in Jewish song--vocal and instrumental--and dance; four groups: the Shiga'on Singers, the Shiga'on Dancers, the Maxwell Street Junior Klezmer Band, and the Jewish Community Youth Orchestra; performances for community organizations and events.

Moadon Kol Chadash *

2464 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 661-6340
Fax: (773) 661-6341
Email: moadon@moadon.info
Web: http://www.moadonkolchadash.org
Contact: Etty Dolgin

Gan Gani: Hebrew-immersion preschool through Kindergarten program.

Moadon: After-school experience; junior kindergarten through eighth grade with a special program targeted at post-B'nai Mitzvah students; provides an opportunity for immersion in Jewish culture, religion, tradition, and Hebrew language through collaborative learning; integrated Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.

PJ Library Chicago *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4831
Email: pjlibrary@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/pjlibrary
Contact: Rachel Rapoport

Free program that sends high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish books and music to families each month -- with no strings attached. The program is limited to families with children ages 6 months to 8 years living in the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, Lake, Will, McHenry, DuPage, and Kane counties). PJ Library is also offered in over 200 communities in North America.

Russian Book Buddies *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 673-2351
Email: rjd@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/rjd/young_families.aspx
Contact: Genia Kovelman

Features Jewish-themed arts and crafts and a story time. Designed for Russian-speaking young families with children ages 0–5 and is held in the Russian language. Russian Book Buddies is an initiative of the Russian Jewish Division of JUF in partnership with JUF’s Young Families and PJ Library Chicago.

The Chicago Workmen's Circle School

2017 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Email: sophie.blumberg@gmail.com
Web: http://www.circle.org
Contact: Sophie Blumberg

This is Not Your Parents' Hebrew School! The Chicago Workmen's Circle School is the place for Jewish cultural, progressive education for families with children from ages 5 to 13. The supplementary school learning program, which meets two Sundays per month, brings together hands-on Jewish learning, social justice activism, Yiddish language and culture, history, music and arts, bar and bat mitzvah prep, and holiday celebrations for the whole family. The Workmen's Circle provides a home for families seeking an alternative to a more traditional religious school education.

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