Child and Family Programs

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

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 Chicago Family Programming *

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

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! Each month, Third Saturdays 3:30pm-5:00pm in 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.

JCC Chicago's J at School *

30 S. Well
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 224-406-9226
Email: jbeadle@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/jatschool
Contact: Joan Beadle

Start and end each school day with learning, excitement and fun. J at School offers year-round programming with After School, Before School and Enrichment programs. Highly trained JCC staff guide children through entertaining and academically enriching activities, assist 

JCC Chicago School's Out *

300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-763-3571
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/schoolsout
Contact: Rebecca Russell

When school is closed, we're here for you. School's Out provides an enriching environment for children across Chicago. Our professional staff balances specialized activities with opportunities for independent play. Your child will enjoy participating in unique "In-House" programs that include games, crafts and a chance to meet new friends. Dynamic School's Out field trips spark curiosity, foster creativity, and encourage fun! School's Out is open to all children grades K-6, and before and after care may be provided to extend the day. We're in session for most school holidays, institute days and emergency weather days.

JCC Chicago Sports & Aquatics *

Phone: 844-452-2244
Email: support@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org

JCC Chicago offers a wide variety of sports programming at locations across Chicagoland. 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. Staff is trained to enhance self esteem, teach skills and bring Jewish values to life both on and off the field/court. JCC Chicago also excels at group and individual swim 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 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.

Maccabim Hebrew School

4600 Main St.
3851 White Cloud
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 501-0657
Email: maccabim613@gmail.com
Web: http://www.maccabimschool.org
Contact: Lior Kakon

Serving Israeli and American children age 2 and older in the Chicago metro area, providing them a unique anchor to Hebrew language, Jewish learning and Israeli culture, and strengthening their Jewish-Israeli identity. Families come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, and the Sunday morning classes are conducted primarily in Hebrew by professional educators who are also native speakers.

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

PJ Library sends high-quality, age appropriate Jewish books to families each month with absolutely no strings attached. We hope you incorporate these timeless stories of Jewish traditions, values and heritage into your family's life - and we are here to help! Beyond the books, PJ Library in Chicago offers holiday events, family meet-ups, opportunities for volunteering and many more ways to connect with the values in the stories and the people in our community.

 

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: ACorwin@circle.org
Web: http://www.circle.org/chicago
Contact: Alexandra Corwin

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.

What's New in the Guide

Tikkun HaBriet

Tikkun HaBriet (Repairing the Covenant), a Jewish marriage recovery program, the only Jewish-based program that helps give struggling couples another chance in their marriage. This program begins the process of putting back the pieces of your marriage and teach the tools to rebuild a loving relationship. Tikkun HaBriet's origin is based on a similar faith-based program that has been around for 40 years. Couples of all faiths, interfaith or no faith are welcome to attend. Without attention and care, marriages wither and couples slowly and quietly drift apart or are often torn apart by hurtful actions. Far too many couples live in misery and do not know the joy of a loving relationship. If you are experiencing challenges in your marriage, the Tikkun HaBriet Program may be able to help give your marriage another chance. Couples decide to participate in the program for many reasons, but you will never be asked why you are attending or be asked to share in any group setting.

 

JCC Chicago Financial Resource Development & Endowment

The JCC Chicago Endowment Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago's Agency Endowment Program, was created to provide for the agency's future and that of our programs and services to the greater Chicago Jewish community. Endowment revenue and annual philanthropic support enable JCC Chicago to strengthen Jewish identity and community, develop and deliver innovative programs and services, and cultivate future leaders in the Jewish community.

BJE Chicago Melton School

It's All About Relevancy! Come experience a Melton class and see for yourself what high-quality, meaningful adult Jewish education 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 learning community. 

 

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