JUF Young Families

* 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.

JUF Early Childhood Collaborative *

30 S. Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-673-3265
Email: annahartman@juf.org
Contact: Anna Hartman

The Early Childhood Collaborative is a network of educators and community members working together to maximize the number of families who have access to and enroll in high-quality Jewish early childhood programs in greater Chicago. This includes consulting and professional development.

 

JUF Right Start *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5132
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-357-4851
Email: rightstart@juf.org
Web: www.juf.org/rightstart

JUF Right Start, the first program of its kind, was created to increase awareness and access to Jewish early childhood programs for Chicago-area families. JUF Right Start provides a financial voucher for families enrolling their children in a Jewish infant, toddler or preschool program for the first time.

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.

What's New in the Guide

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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