Reform Organizations

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

American Conference of Cantors, Inc.

1375 Remington Road
Suite M
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 781-7800
Fax: (847) 781-7801
Email: rroth@accantors.org
Web: http://www.accantors.org
Contact: Rachel Roth

Professional organization of over 505 ordained or certified cantors. Responsible for raising the professional standards of synagogue musicians, the ACC offers continuing education programs in conjunction with HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and professional development opportunities for its members. Members have special expertise in the music of the Jewish people and serve synagogues and communities in pastoral, worship, programming, and educational roles. Sponsors an annual convention and publishes Koleinu, a regular newsletter. Offers placement services to its members and URJ congregations through the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission. Partner of the URJ.

Reform Cantors of Chicago

c/o Temple Beth-El
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-9982
Email: cantor@templebeth-el.org
Contact: Cantor Faryn Kates Rudnick, President

Chicago area members of the American Conference of Cantors.

Union for Reform Judaism

URJ Chicagoland Community
Phone: (847) 239-6969
Email: msgoldberg@urj.org
Web: http://urj.org
Contact: Marla Goldberg

Represents 34 congregations ranging from Northwest Indiana to the Western and Northern suburbs of Chicago to the Wisconsin border.

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JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center offers early childhood education programs for children age 15 months through 5 years. JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum. In each classroom, children freely choose from different learning centers throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop their social and problem-solving skills. Group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities, and games add structure to each day.

Dr. Chaim Cember Shaarei Chinuch Day School

At Shaarei Chinuch, we integrate Judaism with the Montessori method, to give each child a comprehensive hands-on learning experience catered to his/her unique talents. Our mission is to help each of our students to reach their full potential, while instilling an excitement for learning that lasts a lifetime. 

Illinois Center for Jewish Studies

The mission of the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies (ICJS) is to provide every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or religious observance, the opportunity to be inspired by and connected to Torah and Judaism. We believe that people learn and develop differently, and that Torah study should be unique to every person's individual journey. ICJS seeks to provide a personalized learning experience to nurture mind and soul in both individual and group settings. The Illinois Center for Jewish Studies hosts weekly educational classes for men and women in bible studies, Jewish philosophy, and special topics. The organization also provides individual one-on-one learning sessions for men to advance their bible knowledge and ability to improve personally. In addition to formal group/individual classes, the organization has seasonal social gatherings in an effort to promote Jewish education, as well as an annual benefit dinner to raise funds for its operations.

 

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