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Young Families & Community Events


The Get Together

Monday, April 22, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 2/18/2019 - 5/20/2019)

The Get Together is a group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children ages newborn until the 5th birthday. The Get Together offers the following opportunities to families with young children:
- Meet others with young children
- Get away from feeling cooped up and isolated
- Share experiences, ideas, and concerns with others and staff whose skills are in family and child development
- Discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play.

A fee of $25 per family per visit is charged. A fee adjustment is available according to family size and income. All attendees are required to complete the initial paperwork before attending the group.

We are able to accommodate 20 people in our Get Together group:
http://jcfs.org/events/get-together-0. Phone ahead to reserve a space for your family: 773.765.3100.


Location:
Virginia Frank Child Development Center at JCFS
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago IL, 60645


Contact:
Mollie Reed
MollieReed@jcfs.org
773-765-3127


Web Page

JNew Moms Group | City

Thursday, April 25, 2019 1:00 PM - Thursday, May 30, 2019 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

The JNew Moms Group offers a supportive, non-judgmental environment for new moms to share their experiences and exchange ideas as they transition to parenthood. Weekly small group gatherings help new moms create meaningful connections with one another while exploring relevant topics such as sleep, child development, self-care, and ways they might incorporate Jewish culture into their growing families. This group is for first-time mothers of infants ages 0-6 months and welcomes women from both Jewish and Interfaith Families.


Location:
Prenatal FIT
1937 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago IL, 60614


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


Register Online

Family Shabbat celebration

Friday, April 26, 2019 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Friday, between 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2019)

Please join our community for our family Shabbat celebrations that welcome Shabbat with warmth and energy. Family Shabbat services take place each week of Shoresh, our Shabbat-based religious school program. Family Shabbat services lead into a community candle-lighting, where our entire Shabbat evening community joins together to light candles, make Kiddush and Motzi, and bless each other with the Priestly Benediction.

You're welcome anytime - come on in and make a name tag!

Dates without Shoresh or a family Shabbat celebration can be found on our calendar: https://www.kamii.org/calendar.


Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page Invitation

Tot Shabbat

Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Our monthly Tot Shabbat experience takes our adventures to the Red Sea as we learn about Passover and do some creative movement and pretend play. Songs, stories, and movement are at 9:30 am in the chapel. Free play and snack (including coffee for the adults!) is in the youth lounge at 10:00 am.

Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!"): Jewish Playgroup for 0-3 and a grown-up

Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Explore Judaism through the textures, sights, sounds, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year with our experienced Jewish educator, Morah Amy. Join Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!") for stories, singing, arts, playing and more! Shalom Chaverim is for children ages 0-3 with a grown-up.

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


Contact:
Rebecca Milder
jewish.enrichment.center@gmail.com
773-234-9403



Sunday School ‘Try Out’ at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation

Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 9/9/2018 - 5/5/2019)

Are you thinking about how to expose your children to Jewish culture and identity? Your family is welcome to ‘try out’ our Sunday School by visiting their grade’s class for the day. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation holds weekly Sunday School classes for students through confirmation. Each class has a well-defined curriculum, covering topics in Jewish history, literature and culture. We encourage children to value their Jewish identity and to think for themselves. Our whole school -- students, teachers, and families -- come together to celebrate Jewish holidays as well as for special programs on Jewish culture, community service activities and more.

Everyone is welcome at our events so you can meet us for yourself — no charge and no commitment. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation celebrates Jewish identity and culture by replacing worship with a belief in human responsibility and equality — for us, it’s about people, not prayer.


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


Contact:
Ilana Shaffer
youthed@KolHadash.com
773-209-8266


Web Page

Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, April 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

Tot-Circle Early Childhood Classes

Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join The Chicago Workmen's Circle for our regularly scheduled parent-and-me early childhood programming. Our dynamic classes for 0-4 year olds include age-appropriate Jewish cultural education through hands-on activities, interactive Yiddish learning, movement songs, and story time.
$10 per child. Free for Workmen's Circle Members.


The Workmen's Circle is a Jewish social justice organization that powers progressive Jewish identity through cultural engagement, Yiddish language learning, multigenerational education, and social justice activism. Learn more at http://circlechicago.org


Location:
4700 North Ravenswood Avenue
#suite b
Chicago IL, 60640


Contact:
David Ladon
DLadon@circle.org
303-908-8732


Web Page

JCFS Sibshops

Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive, and recreational setting. They discuss their common joys and concerns, learn to handle sibling-specific “sticky situations” and have fun! For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome. Contact us for more information.

Sibshops are currently offered one Sunday afternoon each month in Northbrook. Teen Sibshops are offered as requested.

JCFS utilizes the Sibshop model developed by Don Meyer of Sibling Support Project. For more detailed information about Sibshops, visit the national Sibshop website at siblingsupport.org.

Registration is per Sibshop. Children can attend one, two, three, or all of the Sibshop series. Fee: $30 per session. Scholarships are available.


Location:
Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Dr, Suite 200
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Tammy Besser
TamaraBesser@jcfs.org
773-765-3159



You + 2, We Rock The Spectrum | N. Suburbs

Monday, April 29, 2019 10:00 AM - Monday, June 3, 2019 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child. This group is open to Big Siblings up to age 4.


Location:
We Rock the Spectrum
553 E Dundee Rd
Palatine IL, 60074


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


Register Online

The Get Together

Monday, April 29, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 2/18/2019 - 5/20/2019)

The Get Together is a group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children ages newborn until the 5th birthday. The Get Together offers the following opportunities to families with young children:
- Meet others with young children
- Get away from feeling cooped up and isolated
- Share experiences, ideas, and concerns with others and staff whose skills are in family and child development
- Discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play.

A fee of $25 per family per visit is charged. A fee adjustment is available according to family size and income. All attendees are required to complete the initial paperwork before attending the group.

We are able to accommodate 20 people in our Get Together group:
http://jcfs.org/events/get-together-0. Phone ahead to reserve a space for your family: 773.765.3100.


Location:
Virginia Frank Child Development Center at JCFS
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago IL, 60645


Contact:
Mollie Reed
MollieReed@jcfs.org
773-765-3127


Web Page

6-14 month playgroup, NY Kids Club | Chicago

Monday, April 29, 2019 3:30 PM - Monday, June 3, 2019 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-6 months, 6-14 months, 12-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
NY Kids Club
2727 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL, 60614


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


Register Online

8-24 month playgroup, WeOrbit | Highland Park

Monday, April 29, 2019 4:00 PM - Monday, June 3, 2019 5:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.


Location:
WeOrbit
1736 1st Street
Highland Park IL, 60035


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


Register Online

0-8 month playgroup, New Mother New Baby | N. Suburbs

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:00 PM - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
New Mother New Baby
3115 Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


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


Register Online

City South Plays | City

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:00 AM - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join us and experience music, yoga, singing, art and new friends with your 0-2 year old child.

City South Plays with Akiba-Schechter in partnership with KAMII and Congregation Rodfei Zedek.


Location:
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School
5235 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago IL, 60615


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


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0-6 month playgroup, Sprout San Francisco | Chicago

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:15 AM - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-6 months, 6-14 months, 12-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
Sprout San Francisco
1943 W Division St
Chicago IL, 60622


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


Register Online

Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!"): Jewish Playgroup for 0-3 and a grown-up

Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Explore Judaism through the textures, sights, sounds, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year with our experienced Jewish educator, Morah Amy. Join Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!") for stories, singing, arts, playing and more! Shalom Chaverim is for children ages 0-3 with a grown-up.

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


Contact:
Rebecca Milder
jewish.enrichment.center@gmail.com
773-234-9403



Tots & Tunes | NW. Suburbs

Friday, May 3, 2019 9:30 AM - Friday, June 14, 2019 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Experience a musical morning with songs & instruments! And kick off your Shabbat with a mini challah to take home each week. Snacks will be offered after each class. Best for children 12 - 24 months and a parent or caregiver.

**Class will not meet 5/17/19**


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


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


Register Online

LEAP into Shabbat

Friday, May 3, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

LEAP into Shabbat is CJDS's tot Shabbat program where children ages 0-3 and their parents have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Shabbat!

Each week you and your child will experience different activities related to Shabbat, and you will take a piece of the workshop home with you. Sing about, decorate, and take home your very own toolbox of Shabbat Judaica, which will enhance your family's Shabbat experience. Our very own Director of Jewish Studies and Campus Life, Tamar Cytryn, will be leading each session along with our Music Specialist, Sara Goodman.

Our program runs on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at CJDS's New Campus starting March 8th until May 31st (excluding March 15th, April 19th, April 26th).


Location:
3730 N California Ave
Chicago IL, 60618


Contact:
Esther Solooki
esolooki@chicagojewishdayschool.org
773-271-2700


Web Page

Shabbat With a Twist

Friday, May 3, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join us for Shabbat with a Twist, Fridays, May 3 and May 17, 2019 at Congregation Beth Shalom from 11:00-11:45 am. Families with children up to Pre-K join our clergy for stories, songs, and projects and then twist your own challah with the dough we provide and take it home to bake. Open to the community – free of charge! 3433 Walters Ave, Northbrook, 847-498-4100.

Location:
3433 Walters Avenue
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Eli Castellano
ecastellano@bethshalomnb.org
847-498-4100


Web Page

FILM: Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Friday, May 3, 2019 11:30 AM - Friday, May 10, 2019 9:55 PM <Add to Calendar>

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.

* Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at select screenings: Q&As with Director Jeremy Newberger and Editor of the Jewish Baseball Museum Ed Sherman, the Mensch on the Bench photo ops, and t-shirt giveaways!


Location:
1850 Second Street
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
Jeremy Newberger
info@ironboundfilms.com
845-424-3700


Web Page

8- 24 month (+ Big Sibs) playgroup, My Gym | Skokie

Friday, May 3, 2019 3:30 PM - Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child. This group is open to Big Siblings up to age 4.

Location:
My Gym Skokie
9179 Gross Point Rd
Skokie IL, 60077


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


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12-24 month playgroup, My Gym | Chicago

Friday, May 3, 2019 4:00 PM - Friday, June 7, 2019 5:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-6 months, 6-14 months, 12-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
My Gym Chicago
1461 W Webster Ave
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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Jeans & Jammies

Friday, May 3, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

Join us for a summer camp send-off with special guest and song leader Josh Warshawsky. Includes Shabbat celebration, PJ Library Take Table, singing, free children's dinner, and activities. RSVP to Ali Drumm at adrumm@nssbethel.org.

Location:
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
Ali Drumm
adrumm@nssbethel.org
847-432-8126


Web Page

Shabbat Yeladim

Friday, May 3, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Monthly on the First Friday of every month between 2/2/2019 - 6/7/2019)

A fun Shabbat experience for families with children ages 7 and younger. Older siblings and gardnparents are welcome to attend and participate! Evening begings at 5:30 pm with complimentary pizza and pasta follow at 6:00 pm by prayers, singing, story, craft and oneg. RSVP requested for dinner, no charge. February theme is Jewish Bedtime Rituals - wear your favorite PJs!

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


Contact:
Shaina A Farwell
sfarwell@templebeth-el.org
847-205-9982


Web Page

Shabbat Yeladim: All About Israel

Friday, May 3, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

A fun Shabbat experience for families with children ages 7 & younger. Older siblings and grandparents are welcome to attend & participate.

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with complimentary pizza & pasta followed at
6:00 pm by age appropriate prayers, singing, story, craft & oneg. This month we will learn all about Israel!

RSVP requested for dinner: hhamburg@templebeth-el.org. NO charge.


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


Contact:
Holly Hamburg
hhamburg@templebeth-el.org
847-205-9982


Web Page

Family Shabbat celebration

Friday, May 3, 2019 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Friday, between 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2019)

Please join our community for our family Shabbat celebrations that welcome Shabbat with warmth and energy. Family Shabbat services take place each week of Shoresh, our Shabbat-based religious school program. Family Shabbat services lead into a community candle-lighting, where our entire Shabbat evening community joins together to light candles, make Kiddush and Motzi, and bless each other with the Priestly Benediction.

You're welcome anytime - come on in and make a name tag!

Dates without Shoresh or a family Shabbat celebration can be found on our calendar: https://www.kamii.org/calendar.


Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page Invitation

Mini Mishkan | City

Saturday, May 4, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Families with kids 0-2 gather together on Saturday mornings to celebrate Shabbat through music, story-telling and play.

Location:
Moadon Kol Chadash
2464 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, May 4, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Russian jBaby Musical Movement | N. Suburbs

Saturday, May 4, 2019 4:00 PM - Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Russian-speaking Jewish parents with babies and toddlers ages 0-2 are invited to join a series of 4 classes for an interactive musical movement experience. Enjoy Jewish music, Russian sing-alongs, Havdalah and a variety of instruments for your little ones to explore with. Older siblings are also welcome! Light snacks will be offered at each class.

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


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


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Sunday School ‘Try Out’ at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation

Sunday, May 5, 2019 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 9/9/2018 - 5/5/2019)

Are you thinking about how to expose your children to Jewish culture and identity? Your family is welcome to ‘try out’ our Sunday School by visiting their grade’s class for the day. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation holds weekly Sunday School classes for students through confirmation. Each class has a well-defined curriculum, covering topics in Jewish history, literature and culture. We encourage children to value their Jewish identity and to think for themselves. Our whole school -- students, teachers, and families -- come together to celebrate Jewish holidays as well as for special programs on Jewish culture, community service activities and more.

Everyone is welcome at our events so you can meet us for yourself — no charge and no commitment. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation celebrates Jewish identity and culture by replacing worship with a belief in human responsibility and equality — for us, it’s about people, not prayer.


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


Contact:
Ilana Shaffer
youthed@KolHadash.com
773-209-8266


Web Page

jBaby Chicago WEEKEND Playgroup | City

Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. jBaby weekend playgroups will meet once a month.

Location:
Bubbles Academy
2184 N Elston Ave
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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jBaby Chicago WEEKEND Playgroup | N. Suburbs

Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. jBaby weekend playgroups will meet once a month.

Location:
WeOrbit
1736 1st Street
Highland Park IL, 60035


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


Web Page

Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

Pop-Up Playgroup | W. Suburbs

Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Pop-in and play with jBaby families of the western suburbs! Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together.

Location:
Kiddy Club Playground & Sandbox
4314 E New York St
Aurora IL, 60504


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


Register Online

Families with young children Israel program

Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:01 PM <Add to Calendar>

Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration created for families with young children (2-5).
We will celebrate this event through activities and art and craft


Location:
WSTHZ
1040 N. Harlem Ave.
River Forest IL, 60302


Contact:
Claudine Guralnick
claudineg1@hotmail.com
708-218-0177



Rick Recht Religious School Concert

Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Please join us for our Religious School Concert and Fundraiser, featuring Rick Recht, Sunday, May 5, 11:00 AM
(For Synagogue members and non members).

Please contact Carly Valfer at 847-945-0470 if you would like additional information.


Location:
Congregation B'nai Tikvah
1558 Wilmot Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
Carly Valfer
cvalfer@bnaitikvah.net
847-945-0470


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Beth Am's 40th Anniversary Brunch & Celebration

Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

A celebration brunch in honor of Beth Am's 40th Anniversary.

A festive brunch will be served, music & dance party with DJ Ryan from 4Sure Entertainment, and MORE!

RSVP online thru our website or in the synagogue office. Cost is $40/pp (adults); $15/person (children 4 - 12); free for Tiny Tots (3 years and under).

Join us for an amazing weekend of celebration.




Location:
1370 Abbott Court
Buffalo Grove IL, 60089


Contact:
Rabbi Prass
rabbiprass@congregation-betham.org
847-383-5017


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The Get Together

Monday, May 6, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 2/18/2019 - 5/20/2019)

The Get Together is a group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children ages newborn until the 5th birthday. The Get Together offers the following opportunities to families with young children:
- Meet others with young children
- Get away from feeling cooped up and isolated
- Share experiences, ideas, and concerns with others and staff whose skills are in family and child development
- Discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play.

A fee of $25 per family per visit is charged. A fee adjustment is available according to family size and income. All attendees are required to complete the initial paperwork before attending the group.

We are able to accommodate 20 people in our Get Together group:
http://jcfs.org/events/get-together-0. Phone ahead to reserve a space for your family: 773.765.3100.


Location:
Virginia Frank Child Development Center at JCFS
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago IL, 60645


Contact:
Mollie Reed
MollieReed@jcfs.org
773-765-3127


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JUF Young Families Pop-Up Pita Party

Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Celebrate Israel’s 71st Birthday with your friends at jBaby Chicago and PJ Library Chicago. Drop in for lunch* between 11-2 pm for Israel crafts, giveaways and fun!

*Dropping in is free, pay for your own lunch


Location:
Mizrahi Grill
215 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
JUF Young Families
youngfamilies@juf.org
312-357-4907


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LEAP into Shabbat

Friday, May 10, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

LEAP into Shabbat is CJDS's tot Shabbat program where children ages 0-3 and their parents have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Shabbat!

Each week you and your child will experience different activities related to Shabbat, and you will take a piece of the workshop home with you. Sing about, decorate, and take home your very own toolbox of Shabbat Judaica, which will enhance your family's Shabbat experience. Our very own Director of Jewish Studies and Campus Life, Tamar Cytryn, will be leading each session along with our Music Specialist, Sara Goodman.

Our program runs on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at CJDS's New Campus starting March 8th until May 31st (excluding March 15th, April 19th, April 26th).


Location:
3730 N California Ave
Chicago IL, 60618


Contact:
Esther Solooki
esolooki@chicagojewishdayschool.org
773-271-2700


Web Page

Family Shabbat celebration

Friday, May 10, 2019 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Friday, between 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2019)

Please join our community for our family Shabbat celebrations that welcome Shabbat with warmth and energy. Family Shabbat services take place each week of Shoresh, our Shabbat-based religious school program. Family Shabbat services lead into a community candle-lighting, where our entire Shabbat evening community joins together to light candles, make Kiddush and Motzi, and bless each other with the Priestly Benediction.

You're welcome anytime - come on in and make a name tag!

Dates without Shoresh or a family Shabbat celebration can be found on our calendar: https://www.kamii.org/calendar.


Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


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Shalom Shabbat

Friday, May 10, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Shalom Shabbat is an event especially geared to the presence of young children. We begin at 6:00 pm with visual t’fillah, a brief PowerPoint service, followed by a catered Shabbat dinner, Israeli dancing and dessert.
$10 per adult – $8 per child($30 max per household). This program was created especially for families with children in grades 5 and under.


Location:
3601 Dempster
Skokie IL, 60076


Contact:
Becky Reuhs
breuhs@gmail.com
773-655-5146


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Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

West Suburban Temple Har Zion Tot Shabbat

Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Monthly on the Second Saturday of every month between 3/9/2019 - 5/11/2019)

Tot Shabbat is an informal child-centered service designed for children infants through kindergarten. Tot Shabbat meets at 11:00am in the preschool room. The 45 minute service includes music, movement and stories. Families are invited to attend the Kiddush in Gottlieb Community Hall following the service.

Location:
1040 N. Harlem Ave.
River Forest IL, 60302


Contact:
Carol Flank
office@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, May 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

The Get Together

Monday, May 13, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 2/18/2019 - 5/20/2019)

The Get Together is a group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children ages newborn until the 5th birthday. The Get Together offers the following opportunities to families with young children:
- Meet others with young children
- Get away from feeling cooped up and isolated
- Share experiences, ideas, and concerns with others and staff whose skills are in family and child development
- Discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play.

A fee of $25 per family per visit is charged. A fee adjustment is available according to family size and income. All attendees are required to complete the initial paperwork before attending the group.

We are able to accommodate 20 people in our Get Together group:
http://jcfs.org/events/get-together-0. Phone ahead to reserve a space for your family: 773.765.3100.


Location:
Virginia Frank Child Development Center at JCFS
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago IL, 60645


Contact:
Mollie Reed
MollieReed@jcfs.org
773-765-3127


Web Page

Glick Family Camp 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019 9:00 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2019 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Relax with your loved ones, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside at Camp Henry Horner/Camp Red Leaf in Ingleside, IL. Glick Family Camp is for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families. Camp staff will lead children in a variety of creative, stimulating, and fun activities. A JCFS staff member is assigned to each family for the weekend. Get ready for a weekend of campfires, canoeing, crafts, and fun!

Cost: $110 per person, partial scholarships are available!

Contact Tammy Besser to register at 773.765.3159 or email TamaraBesser@jcfs.org. Registration is required to participate in camp weekend.


Location:
Camp Henry Horner/Camp Red Leaf
26710 W Nippersink Rd
Ingleside IL, 60041


Contact:
Tammy Besser
TamaraBesser@jcfs.org
773-765-3159



LEAP into Shabbat

Friday, May 17, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

LEAP into Shabbat is CJDS's tot Shabbat program where children ages 0-3 and their parents have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Shabbat!

Each week you and your child will experience different activities related to Shabbat, and you will take a piece of the workshop home with you. Sing about, decorate, and take home your very own toolbox of Shabbat Judaica, which will enhance your family's Shabbat experience. Our very own Director of Jewish Studies and Campus Life, Tamar Cytryn, will be leading each session along with our Music Specialist, Sara Goodman.

Our program runs on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at CJDS's New Campus starting March 8th until May 31st (excluding March 15th, April 19th, April 26th).


Location:
3730 N California Ave
Chicago IL, 60618


Contact:
Esther Solooki
esolooki@chicagojewishdayschool.org
773-271-2700


Web Page

Shabbat With a Twist

Friday, May 17, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join us for Shabbat with a Twist, Fridays, May 3 and May 17, 2019 at Congregation Beth Shalom from 11:00-11:45 am. Families with children up to Pre-K join our clergy for stories, songs, and projects and then twist your own challah with the dough we provide and take it home to bake. Open to the community – free of charge! 3433 Walters Ave, Northbrook, 847-498-4100.

Location:
3433 Walters Avenue
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Eli Castellano
ecastellano@bethshalomnb.org
847-498-4100


Web Page

Anshe Emet Young Families Dinner & Service - PJ Library style!

Friday, May 17, 2019 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

In May we’re pushing our Anshe Emet Family First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Davening and Dinner back a couple of weeks to May 17. May is our PJ Shabbat, which means come in pajamas (yes!) and get ready to hear, read and take home lots of PJ Library stories! We gather at 5:45 with song and community, at the young family service for families with kids K and under, led by Rabbi Donni Aaron & Max Handelman, and at the spirited Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service for older elementary school students (grades 1-7), led by Rabbi David Russo.

After Services, everyone comes together for a delicious community dinner. This month's dinner is fake meat tacos with real cheese and all the fixings! As always – our fabulous teen educators will be sharing story books with kids in small groups by age before dessert and play time in the gym.


Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page Register Online

Family Shabbat celebration

Friday, May 17, 2019 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Friday, between 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2019)

Please join our community for our family Shabbat celebrations that welcome Shabbat with warmth and energy. Family Shabbat services take place each week of Shoresh, our Shabbat-based religious school program. Family Shabbat services lead into a community candle-lighting, where our entire Shabbat evening community joins together to light candles, make Kiddush and Motzi, and bless each other with the Priestly Benediction.

You're welcome anytime - come on in and make a name tag!

Dates without Shoresh or a family Shabbat celebration can be found on our calendar: https://www.kamii.org/calendar.


Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page Invitation

Tot Shabbat

Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Our adventures this school year end this month with a special journey to Israel. Join our pretend adventures as we sing songs, tell stories, and do movement-based activities to learn about Israel in honor of Yom haAtzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day. Songs, stories, and movement are at 9:30 am in the chapel. Free play and snack (including coffee for the adults!) is in the youth lounge at 10:00 am.

Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!"): Jewish Playgroup for 0-3 and a grown-up

Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Explore Judaism through the textures, sights, sounds, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year with our experienced Jewish educator, Morah Amy. Join Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!") for stories, singing, arts, playing and more! Shalom Chaverim is for children ages 0-3 with a grown-up.

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


Contact:
Rebecca Milder
jewish.enrichment.center@gmail.com
773-234-9403



Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

Tot-Circle Early Childhood Classes

Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join The Chicago Workmen's Circle for our regularly scheduled parent-and-me early childhood programming. Our dynamic classes for 0-4 year olds include age-appropriate Jewish cultural education through hands-on activities, interactive Yiddish learning, movement songs, and story time.
$10 per child. Free for Workmen's Circle Members.


The Workmen's Circle is a Jewish social justice organization that powers progressive Jewish identity through cultural engagement, Yiddish language learning, multigenerational education, and social justice activism. Learn more at http://circlechicago.org


Location:
4700 North Ravenswood Avenue
#suite b
Chicago IL, 60640


Contact:
David Ladon
DLadon@circle.org
303-908-8732


Web Page

Putting Jewish Values into Action - A new experience for Families with 4-5 year olds!

Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:30 PM - Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

You want your kid to be a mentsch. Don’t miss this opportunity to ground your family’s Jewish behavior in Jewish wisdom and learning. We will learn and we will do. Classes meet May 19, June 2 and June 16, with optional social get-togethers on Memorial Day weekend and Shavuot. May 19 we will begin with lunch onsite at Anshe Emet, June classes will meet off site. More details provided once you register (or reach out to Max Handelman mhandelman@ansheemet.org).

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page Register Online

Kids in the kitchen-cooking club

Sunday, May 19, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Is your child between the ages of 4 and 11 and likes to cook? Are you proud to be Jewish and want to hang out with other Jewish Kids? If so, this club is for you!

Kids in the Kitchen will transform your cooking interest into new skills. All food will be prepared with a tasty goal in mind and some examples are calzones, desserts, salads, Kugels, bourekas, and more! We will will learn the cooking basics, self-sufficiency, kitchen safety, all with a Jewish twist. Each month we will focus on one part of a traditional meal from appetizers to desserts


Location:
655 W Irving Park Rd
Party room on the 2nd floor
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Devorah Leah Kotlarsky
devlay@gmail.com
773-853-1284


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The Get Together

Monday, May 20, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 2/18/2019 - 5/20/2019)

The Get Together is a group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children ages newborn until the 5th birthday. The Get Together offers the following opportunities to families with young children:
- Meet others with young children
- Get away from feeling cooped up and isolated
- Share experiences, ideas, and concerns with others and staff whose skills are in family and child development
- Discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play.

A fee of $25 per family per visit is charged. A fee adjustment is available according to family size and income. All attendees are required to complete the initial paperwork before attending the group.

We are able to accommodate 20 people in our Get Together group:
http://jcfs.org/events/get-together-0. Phone ahead to reserve a space for your family: 773.765.3100.


Location:
Virginia Frank Child Development Center at JCFS
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago IL, 60645


Contact:
Mollie Reed
MollieReed@jcfs.org
773-765-3127


Web Page

LEAP into Shabbat

Friday, May 24, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

LEAP into Shabbat is CJDS's tot Shabbat program where children ages 0-3 and their parents have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Shabbat!

Each week you and your child will experience different activities related to Shabbat, and you will take a piece of the workshop home with you. Sing about, decorate, and take home your very own toolbox of Shabbat Judaica, which will enhance your family's Shabbat experience. Our very own Director of Jewish Studies and Campus Life, Tamar Cytryn, will be leading each session along with our Music Specialist, Sara Goodman.

Our program runs on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at CJDS's New Campus starting March 8th until May 31st (excluding March 15th, April 19th, April 26th).


Location:
3730 N California Ave
Chicago IL, 60618


Contact:
Esther Solooki
esolooki@chicagojewishdayschool.org
773-271-2700


Web Page

Family Shabbat celebration

Friday, May 24, 2019 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Friday, between 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2019)

Please join our community for our family Shabbat celebrations that welcome Shabbat with warmth and energy. Family Shabbat services take place each week of Shoresh, our Shabbat-based religious school program. Family Shabbat services lead into a community candle-lighting, where our entire Shabbat evening community joins together to light candles, make Kiddush and Motzi, and bless each other with the Priestly Benediction.

You're welcome anytime - come on in and make a name tag!

Dates without Shoresh or a family Shabbat celebration can be found on our calendar: https://www.kamii.org/calendar.


Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page Invitation

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

Stretch-n-Grow with BJE | N. Suburbs

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:30 AM - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

Get ready to move and groove with your child in this action packed movement class! Each week your child will work on their gross motor skills using colorful age-appropriate equipment while moving to up-beat music. This class promotes sensory and coordination skills for your growing little one. Best for babies 12-24 months.

*The first 15 minutes of class is for schmoozing and getting to know each other.


Location:
Beth Hillel B'nai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette IL, 60091


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


Register Online

LEAP into Shabbat

Friday, May 31, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

LEAP into Shabbat is CJDS's tot Shabbat program where children ages 0-3 and their parents have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Shabbat!

Each week you and your child will experience different activities related to Shabbat, and you will take a piece of the workshop home with you. Sing about, decorate, and take home your very own toolbox of Shabbat Judaica, which will enhance your family's Shabbat experience. Our very own Director of Jewish Studies and Campus Life, Tamar Cytryn, will be leading each session along with our Music Specialist, Sara Goodman.

Our program runs on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at CJDS's New Campus starting March 8th until May 31st (excluding March 15th, April 19th, April 26th).


Location:
3730 N California Ave
Chicago IL, 60618


Contact:
Esther Solooki
esolooki@chicagojewishdayschool.org
773-271-2700


Web Page

Family Shabbat celebration

Friday, May 31, 2019 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Friday, between 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2019)

Please join our community for our family Shabbat celebrations that welcome Shabbat with warmth and energy. Family Shabbat services take place each week of Shoresh, our Shabbat-based religious school program. Family Shabbat services lead into a community candle-lighting, where our entire Shabbat evening community joins together to light candles, make Kiddush and Motzi, and bless each other with the Priestly Benediction.

You're welcome anytime - come on in and make a name tag!

Dates without Shoresh or a family Shabbat celebration can be found on our calendar: https://www.kamii.org/calendar.


Location:
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago IL, 60615


Contact:
Lauren Reeves
lreeves@kamii.org
773-924-1234


Web Page Invitation

Mini Mishkan | City

Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Families with kids 0-2 gather together on Saturday mornings to celebrate Shabbat through music, story-telling and play.

Location:
Second Unitarian Church
656 W Barry Avenue
Chicago IL, 60657


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


Register Online

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, June 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


Web Page

Tot-Circle Early Childhood Classes

Sunday, June 2, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Join The Chicago Workmen's Circle for our drop-in, parent-and-me early childhood programming. Our dynamic classes for 0-4 year olds include age-appropriate Jewish cultural education through hands-on activities, interactive Yiddish learning, movement songs, and story time.
$10 per child. Free for Workmen's Circle Members.


The Workmen's Circle is a Jewish social justice organization that powers progressive Jewish identity through cultural engagement, Yiddish language learning, multigenerational education, and social justice activism. Learn more at http://circlechicago.org


Location:
4700 North Ravenswood Avenue
#suite b
Chicago IL, 60640


Contact:
David Ladon
DLadon@circle.org
303-908-8732


Web Page

Babies and Bagels

Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Families with children 2 years old and under and invited to join Max Handelman and musical guest for songs, story and schmoozing. A great way to connect with other families with kids the same age as yours! The program is free, but registration is requested.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page Register Online

Shabbat Yeladim

Friday, June 7, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Monthly on the First Friday of every month between 2/2/2019 - 6/7/2019)

A fun Shabbat experience for families with children ages 7 and younger. Older siblings and gardnparents are welcome to attend and participate! Evening begings at 5:30 pm with complimentary pizza and pasta follow at 6:00 pm by prayers, singing, story, craft and oneg. RSVP requested for dinner, no charge. February theme is Jewish Bedtime Rituals - wear your favorite PJs!

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


Contact:
Shaina A Farwell
sfarwell@templebeth-el.org
847-205-9982


Web Page

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


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Anshe Emet Young Families Shavuot Tikkun Lil

Saturday, June 8, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

On Shavuot, the Jewish community celebrates receiving the Torah by staying up all night studying. And at Anshe Emet, we do it with style, but for families with babies through 8th graders, we’ll limit ourselves to dinner and a little study. Amazing activities with fabulous teachers for each age group (4’s and under, K-2nd grade, 3-5th grade, and middle school) should not be missed. Dairy dinner 5:30-6:30, learning and experiences 6:30-7:30.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


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Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


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Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Bagels in the Park | Bucktown

Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe.

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Holstein Park
2200 N Oakley
Chicago IL, 60647


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


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Bagels in the Park | Lincolnshire

Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Chicago Bubbles Show and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe.

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
William E Peterson Park
6652 N Buffalo Grove Rd
Lincolnshire IL, 60069


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


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Bagels in the Park | Wheaton

Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Kelly Park
1100 S Main St
Wheaton IL, 60189


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


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Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Saturday, June 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


Web Page

Bagels in the Park | Hyde Park

Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Colin McDonald and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe,

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Bixler Park
5641 S Kenwood Ave
Oak Park IL, 60637


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


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Bagels in the Park | Oak Park

Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Lindberg Park
1151 Marion St N
Oak Park IL, 60302


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


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Bagels in the Park | Lincoln Park

Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Tunes with Tim and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe.

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Adams Park and Playground
1919 N Seminary
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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Bagels in the Park | Skokie

Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Beth Reinstein and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe.

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Central Park
9350 Central Park Ave
Skokie IL, 60203


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


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Bagels in the Park | Lisle

Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Chicago Bubbles Show!

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle IL, 60532


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


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Bagels in the Park | Lisle

Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Chicago Bubbles Show!

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle IL, 60532


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


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Bagels in the Park | Lakeview

Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Chicago Bubbles Show and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe.

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Margaret Donahue Park
1230 W School St
Chicago IL, 60657


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


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Bagels in the Park | Northbrook

Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies! Bagels! Bubbles! jBaby Chicago invites you to join us for our 6th annual Bagels in the Park. We will nosh, schmooze and play- fun for the whole family!

Performance by Ben Tatar Music and bagels from Emma's Bagel Cafe.

This is a shine only event! If raining, the event will be canceled.

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.


Location:
Wood Oaks Green Park
1250 Sanders Rd
Northbrook IL, 60062


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


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Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!"): Jewish Playgroup for 0-3 and a grown-up

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Explore Judaism through the textures, sights, sounds, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year with our experienced Jewish educator, Morah Amy. Join Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!") for stories, singing, arts, playing and more! Shalom Chaverim is for children ages 0-3 with a grown-up.

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


Contact:
Rebecca Milder
jewish.enrichment.center@gmail.com
773-234-9403


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