Child and Family Programs

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

CLaSS: Chicago Land Simcha Schools

6428 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (872) 225-7527
Email: chicagolandsimchaschools@gmail.com
Web: http://www.chicagolandsimchaschools.com
Contact: Dr. Martha Bockian

Torah-based center for interdependent learning. Encourages children to learn "al pi darko" in order to internalize rather than memorize. Volunteers welcome!

Fridays at JCC *

Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/fridays

Fridays @ the J will help you unwind from your week with family fun. Enjoy songs, stories, candle lighting, grape juice and challah as we celebrate Shabbat. We'll provide dinner and dessert while you enjoy time with your family. Everyone is welcome. 

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 gotShabbat? *

Administrative Office
Mayer Kaplan JCC
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 263-3603
Fax: (847) 763-3680
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/gotshabbat
Contact: Lawrence Levine, Program Manager

Shabbat programs for families with children ages 4-8 years offer a Havdallah service, crafts, entertainment and more at select JCC sites, area synagogues, and public venues. This program serves the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs and is open to all families.

JCC J at School *

Email: jcantrell@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/jatschool
Contact: Julie Cantrell

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 Me & My Dad *

Administrative Office
Mayer Kaplan JCC
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3603
Fax: (847) 763-3680
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/mmd
Contact: Lawrence Levine, Program Manager

Strengthens father/child relationships through involvement in creative and meaningful Jewish experiences. This structured step-by-step program is guided by JCC staff and participating fathers. Me & My Dad kids and dads participate in special outings, Jewish holiday programs, exciting craft projects and fabulous overnighters. An enriching program that builds a strong foundation through quality, shared time.

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) 406-9253
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/sports
Contact: Julie Mitchell, Director of Sports & Recreation; Kirsten Conner, Director of Aquatics Services

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 Committee on Scouting-BSA

1929 Fieldwood Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062-5926
Phone: (847) 564-2231
Fax: (847) 564-2271
Email: jewishscouting@gmail.com
Web: http://www.jewishscouting.org
Contact: Edna Schrank

Promotes Boy Scouting among Jewish youth, helps Jewish institutions provide Scouting opportunities, and promotes Jewish values in Scouting.

Jewish Family Experience

836 Jewett Park Drive
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (773) 706-6020, (773) 706-6036
Email: yehuda@jewishfamilyexp.org
Web: http://www.jewishfamilyexp.org
Contact: Rabbi Yehuda 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.

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.

National Jewish Girl Scout Committee

1929 Fieldwood Drive
Northbook, IL 60062-5926
Phone: (847) 564-2231
Fax: (847) 564-2271
Email: jewishscouting@gmail.com
Contact: Edna Schrank

Works in cooperation with Girl Scouts of the USA to promote Girl Scouting in the Jewish community.

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 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 Workmen's Circle

Chicago School
Phone: (212) 889-6800
Email: info@circle.org
Web: http://www.circle.org/chicago
Contact: Kate O'Brien

A vibrant community of children, families, and talented educators welcoming everyone interested in Jewish cultural learning, joyous holiday celebrations, and social justice activism. Based on the north side, the Chicago school invites students and families to become hands-on collaborators in their education. Explores and strengthens Jewish identities through music, dance, text study, art, and more. Welcomes all families, including interfaith, LGBTQ, and single parents, as well as special needs children. Meets for classes twice per month on Sunday mornings, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and for the occasional holiday celebration at North Park Elementary School, 2017 W Montrose, Chicago.

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