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Young Families & Community Events

These are all our Young Families and Community-wide events listed here for your convenience.

JUF Young Families programming is enriched by the diversity of our participants. We know each family is unique and all are welcome. Please email us at youngfamilies@juf.org if you have any questions or if you require any accommodations to make our programming accessible and welcoming to your family.


0-6 Months Playgroup | City

Sunday, September 25, 2022 11:00 AM - Sunday, October 16, 2022 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

*This group is ongoing, and will be meeting on Sundays from 9/11/2022--->10/16/2022.* Registration is still open!

Start your Sundays off sweetly at Chi Che Wang Park in Lakeview-- join other jBaby families for a weekend playgroup and soak up the beautiful fall weather!

This group meets on 9/11, 9/18, 9/25*, 10/2, 10/9 and 10/16
*Join us erev Rosh Hashana for apples and honey!


Location:
Chi Che Wang Park
1719 W. Wolfram Street
Chicago IL, 60657


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4907


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All Ages | Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am | Walk and Talk Lincoln Park/Buck Town

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 9:30 AM - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

*This group is ongoing, and will be meeting on Tuesdays from 9/6/2022--->10/11/2022.* Registration is still open!

Walking and talking, who can beat that! Let's enjoy the outside while we can...so grab your stroller and your walking shoes and meet our Lincoln Park Parent Ambassador at the coffee shop to grab your favorite walking drink.

We will enjoy a nice walk around the neighborhood. Come and go as you please!

9/6 Philz Coffee 2323 N. Lincoln Ave 60614
9/13 Red June Cafe 2020 N. Leavitt Street 60647
9/20 Philz Coffee 2323 N. Lincoln Ave 60614
10/4 Red June Cafe 2020 N. Leavitt Street 60647
10/11 Philz Coffee 2323 N. Lincoln Ave 60614


Location:
Philz Coffee
2323 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL, 60614


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Walking the 606/Lakefront path | All Ages

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:00 AM - Wednesday, October 26, 2022 11:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join our Parent Ambassador for weekly walks along the beautiful 606 and lakefront path! This is an ongoing group from 9/7-10/26. Registration is still open!

September 7: Meet at Ipsento 606 (1813 N Milwaukee Ave) and then we'll stroll on the 606
September 14: Meet at Heritage Outpost (1020 W Lawrence) and then we'll stroll on the Lakefront Path
September 21: Meet at Ipsento 606 (1813 N Milwaukee Ave) and then we'll stroll on the 606
September 28: Meet at Heritage Outpost (1020 W Lawrence) and then we'll stroll on the Lakefront Path
October 12: Meet at Ipsento 606 (1813 N Milwaukee Ave) and then we'll stroll on the 606
October 19: Meet at Heritage Outpost (1020 W Lawrence) and then we'll stroll on the Lakefront Path
October 26: Meet at Ipsento 606 (1813 N Milwaukee Ave) and then we'll stroll on the 606


Location:
Ipsento 606
1813 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago IL, 60647


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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0-6 Months Playgroup | Northbrook

Thursday, September 29, 2022 9:30 AM - Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

*This group is ongoing. Registration is still open!*

Bring your little one to a very special backyard playgroup, perfect for our littlest jBabies and their grownups who are looking for some mid- week adult conversation!

Playgroup will be held in the backyard at the home of our Northbrook Parent Ambassador.

This group will meet on 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13,10/20 and 10/27.


Location:
To Be Emailed
Northbrook IL, 60026


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4907


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All Ages | Oak Park Dole Library Playgroup

Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:00 AM - Thursday, October 20, 2022 11:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

*This group is ongoing, and will be meeting on Thursdays from 9/8/2022--->10/20/2022.*

Cozy up in a private space at the Oak Park Dole Library and let your little ones safely explore while you catch up with other local jBaby parents.


Location:
Dole Library
255 Augusta Street
Oak Park IL, 60302


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4907


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Neighborhood Night Out: Bannockburn

Thursday, September 29, 2022 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Join other jBaby parents for dinner and drinks at Yiannis Opa!

Location:
Yiannis Opa
2535 Waukegan Road
Bannockburn IL, 60015


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Neighborhood Night Out: Wilmette

Thursday, September 29, 2022 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Join other new parents for dinner and good company at Wilmette's newest restaurant! Apps on jBaby!

Location:
The Lawn
3900 Fairway Drive
Wilmette IL, 60091


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Sense & Explore Shabbat

Friday, September 30, 2022 11:00 AM - Friday, November 4, 2022 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

If you're curious and you know it, clap your hands! Join us each week for fun and creative sensory experiences as your tot explores the world around them. Connect with other parents and babies from the area as we enrich your little one's inquisitive mind through smell, sight, touch, taste, and sound. You bring your curiosity, we bring the fun and the challah!

Location:
Congregation Or Shalom
21 West Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills IL, 60061


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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jBaby Sings!

Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:15 AM - Saturday, November 5, 2022 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Sings! is a great way to jump, clap and shout on Saturday mornings! Featuring Ben Tatar and located in Bright Bowls Studio, we can't wait to sing with you for this special 6-week class.

*Please note that class on 10/22 will be from 1:15-2:00 due to a pre-planned event at Bright Bowls. Should that time not work for you we can refund you for that class.*


Location:
Bright Bowls
777 Central Avenue
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jBabyChicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Saturday Night Alive

Saturday, October 1, 2022 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Billions of bubbles and TONS of fun for the entire family as we close out Shabbat together. We will start the night with a picnic pizza dinner, then we will light the Havdalah candle together before our epic FOAM PARTY begins!

Each family will get 1 Cheese Pizza, Water & Juice. Additional pizzas are available for purchase upon request.


Location:
Connector Paula's House
To Be Emailed IL, 60061


Contact:
PJ Library
youngfamilies@juf.org
312-357-4905


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Shalom Chaverim (Welcome Friends!)

Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 AM - Sunday, December 4, 2022 11:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

Infants and toddlers, with their grown-ups, explore Judaism through the textures, sounds, sights, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year. Sessions include stories, singing, arts, block play, baking, and more facilitated by an experienced early childhood educator.

*There is a free parking lot on the south side of the building*
Please note there is no class on 10/8 or 11/27


Location:
Jewish Enrichment Center
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4907


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jBabies visit the Brookfield Zoo!

Sunday, October 2, 2022 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Let's explore the zoo together! Meet other jBaby families from the Oak Park/River Forest area and spend the day together meeting and learning about animals! Parents and siblings welcome! Zoo admission and all available attractions are FREE for children 2 and under.

We'll meet at the zoo by the gorilla statue at the North Gate entrance.

Families will be responsible for paying for their own parking, zoo admission, and food while at the zoo.

*If you have an annual pass to the zoo and would like to share a guest pass with another family, please email Tamar at TamarCaceresjbaby@gmail.com *


Location:
Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street
Brookfield IL, 60513


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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JNew to Two (or more!) Group

Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00 AM - Thursday, November 10, 2022 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Best suited for second, third, or fourth time parents of infants aged 0-9 months

With the arrival of each baby, we become “new” parents all over again, making both literal and figurative space for another infant as we adapt to the changing dynamics of a growing family. The JNew to Two (or More!) Parents Group centers on relevant topics such as infant care, supporting older children as they transition to big siblinghood, meeting the needs of kids at different developmental levels, appreciating each child as an individual, and recalibrating the balance of parenthood, work and relationships within our evolving identities as parents and individuals.

The journey into parenthood is unique and transformative for all families, and we honor the diversity of this powerful human experience. As such, JCC Chicago’s JNew Parents Groups are open to gestational, non-gestational, foster and adoptive caregivers who feel connected to Judaism in some way, shape, or form. We welcome ALL parents, regardless of age, race, gender identity and expression, sexuality, ability, or family composition.


Location:
zoom
Chicago IL, 00000


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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JNew Parents Group

Thursday, October 6, 2022 1:00 PM - Thursday, November 10, 2022 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

This class is best suited for first time parents of infants aged 0-6 months.

The JNew Parents Group offers a professionally-facilitated supportive environment for first-time parents to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and connect with others while exploring relevant topics such as sleep, infant development, self-care, work-life balance, and ways they might incorporate Jewish culture into their growing families.

The journey into parenthood is unique and transformative for all families, and we honor the diversity of this powerful human experience. As such, JCC Chicago’s JNew Parents Groups are open to gestational, non-gestational, foster and adoptive caregivers who feel connected to Judaism in some way, shape, or form. We welcome ALL parents, regardless of age, race, gender identity and expression, sexuality, ability, or family composition.


Location:
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Shabbat Shirah

Friday, October 7, 2022 10:00 AM - Friday, November 11, 2022 10:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Be Joyful: This Shabbat Shirah (song) class, led by members of Bernard Zell's faculty and staff, will provide you with opportunities to meet other parents/caregivers in the community, sing, play, explore and expose your child to Jewish traditions and songs about Shabbat.

This class is best for kids ages 12-30 months.


Location:
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
3751 N. Broadway IL, 60613


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Sticky, Slimy Shabbat

Friday, October 7, 2022 11:00 AM - Friday, November 4, 2022 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Experience Shabbat during an engaging tactile and sensory experience. Feel, touch, and move as we engage in the wonder of creation through water play, rice, paint, whipped/shaving cream, and other mediums.

Weather permitting, this class will be held outdoors with additional water play and culminate in challah and songs.


Location:
Congregation Sukkat Shalom
1001 Central Avenue
Wilmette IL, 60091


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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jBaby Sings! Single Class

Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Due to popular demand, we are opening up one of our jBaby Sings! classes to more families! Join us on October 8th at Sunset Woods Park in the North Pavilion for music and fun with Ben Tatar.

*If you are registered for the full session, this class is included!*


Location:
Sunset Woods Park North Pavilion
1801 Sunset Road
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jBabyChicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Sukkot at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, October 8, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Come celebrate Sukkot at the Lincoln Park Zoo! Meet other families in the city, enjoy juice and doughnuts, explore Sukkot-themed PJ library books in the garden, complete a scavenger hunt through the zoo, shake the lulav and smell the etrog, and take a ride on the carousel or train!

We will gather at 3pm outside the West Gate Entrance (Webster and Stockton).

Each registration includes a ticket to either the zoo’s carousel or train.
When


Location:
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
Chicago IL, 60614


Contact:
PJ Library
youngfamilies@juf.org
312-357-4905


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Sensory Celebrations

Sunday, October 9, 2022 9:30 AM - Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

Experience the Jewish holidays and seasonal celebrations though tactile and sensory play. Engage in crafts and listen to stories, and enjoy socializing and open play. Snack is included. This class is best for children ages 12 months+ and their favorite adult. This class takes place immediately before our Family School program on Sundays. Parents are welcome to stay for our parent speaker while kids stay in our early childhood classroom at no extra cost.

*This class will meet on 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13 and 12/4*


Location:
Congregation Sukkat Shalom
1001 Central Avenue
Wilmette IL, 60091


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Afternoon with the Animals | Sukkot at the Evanston Ecology Center

Sunday, October 9, 2022 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Explore the Sukkot values of appreciating nature and welcoming guests during this family-friendly event at the Evanston Ecology Center!

Families will have the opportunity to meet and learn about some of the EEC's resident critters while thinking about how we can "welcome" our animal neighbors at Sukkot and all other times. Afterwards, we'll have a light snack while we build our own pinecone bird feeders to take home to decorate your sukkah, porch, yard, or local park.


Location:
Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact:
PJ Library
youngfamilies@juf.org
312-357-4905


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Jamberry Music

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:30 AM - Tuesday, November 15, 2022 10:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join us for 45 minutes of joyful, collaborative music making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! In this class, you and your little one will bond with each other and make new friends while we sing, dance, play, pretend and experiment with instruments. Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join!


Location:
Beth Emet
1224 Dempster
Evanston IL, 60202


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4907


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Broadway & Me: Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:30 AM - Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Spend the morning with your 1-2 year old as our littlest Broadway fans are introduced to show tunes, characters and stories while Broadway musicals are brought to life by Stages Performing Arts. Each class incorporates activities that are designed to support your little one’s physical, cognitive, social-emotional and language development. An age-appropriate Jewish story will be included to give you a chance to socialize too. Come meet other parents with children similar in age.

*All adults must be vaccinated*

Movers and shakers is ideal for children who are crawling/walking/running.

No class on 11/23


Location:
Temple Beth-El of Northbrook
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4958


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Broadway & Me: Babies

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 10:30 AM - Wednesday, December 7, 2022 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Spend the morning with your 0-12 month old as our littlest Broadway fans are introduced to show tunes, characters and stories while Broadway musicals are brought to life by Stages Performing Arts. Each class incorporates activities that are designed to support your little one’s physical, cognitive, social-emotional and language development. An age-appropriate Jewish story will be included to give you a chance to socialize too. Come meet other parents with children similar in age.

*All adults must be vaccinated*
No class on Wednesday, 11/23


Location:
Temple Beth-El of Northbrook
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Mama Meetup Fall 2022

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 8:00 PM - Wednesday, November 16, 2022 9:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Connect with RSJ mamas while sharing experiences, finding advice, and learning from experts. Our Mama Meetup Program invites moms of babies 0-8 months to join a series of 6 virtual meetups. You will have the opportunity to meet other local new moms while learning from a sleep specialist, nutrition educator, and psychologist.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Faktorovich at 224-730-1328 or rebeccafaktorovich@juf.org.

Russian-speaking Jewish Division, JUF programs are funded, in part, by Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Location:
Virtual Event
Chicago IL, 60606


Contact:
Rebecca Faktorovich
rebeccafaktorovich@juf.org
224-730-1328


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Baby Loves Shabbat Part 2

Friday, October 21, 2022 10:30 AM - Friday, November 18, 2022 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Your little one will love this complete sensory Shabbat experience incorporating music, movement, challah baking, and creative play. Everyone is part of the celebration as we include props and instruments to bring the joy of Shabbat to your child. Street parking is available by permit only. Permits will be available to participants on arrival.
Please inform us of any food allergies so we can best accommodate you.

This class is open to jBabies of all ages! We know that baby schedules are unpredictable. If you have concerns about signing up for the full session please email us at jbabychicago@juf.org and we will work with you!

This class will meet on 10/21, 10/28, 11/11 and 11/18.


Location:
Chabad UIC & West Loop
1074 W. Polk Street
Chicago IL, 60607


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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See, Sing, Celebrate! Jewish Holiday How-To

Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 13, 2022 11:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

Are you wondering how to celebrate Jewish holidays at home with your young child? Children up to age 2 with a grown-up join Rabbi Adam Chalom as we celebrate Jewish ‘home’ holidays especially for families with young children. In each of the four weeks, we’ll explore a different holiday (High Holidays, Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat) through interactive songs, books and hands-on activities. This program includes time for families to connect with each other and a snack. At-home resources will also be provided.

(please park and enter through the rear/east entrance)


Location:
Kol Hadash Sunday School at Deerfield High School
1959 N. Waukegan Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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Music B'Yachad

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:40 AM - Wednesday, December 21, 2022 11:20 AM <Add to Calendar>

Come sing with me, mishpachati! In this interactive class, caregivers & tots will learn rhymes, games, action songs, and dances to stimulate young children's natural response to music while developing listening and motor skills. We will enhance language development and sense of balance and timing all while making musical connections to our Jewish journey.

Please note, there will be no class on 11/23.


Location:
Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center
4500 Dempster Street
Evanston IL, 60076


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jBabyChicago@juf.org
312-357-4859


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“Wonderful teachers and other staff, love the music and drama teachers who visit and the use of the natural setting in the classroom.”

JUF Right Start Family