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jBaby's classes, playgroups & events are open to babies of all abilities or medical complexities. We know all children have different needs. Please let us know if you require any accommodations to make our programming accessible to your family.

jBaby Classes


Bim Bam Baby | Tots | N. Suburbs

Friday, December 6, 2019 10:00 AM - Friday, January 24, 2020 10:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

A fun and energetic music class for tots and their parents or caregivers, with a few Jewish songs in the mix for some added fun. Enjoy lively, developmentally appropriate songs and activities with your little one and get to know other little ones and parents during this 8-week session of classes. Best for tots 12-24 months.


Location:
Temple Jeremiah
937 Happ Road
Northfield IL, 60093


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


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Bim Bam Baby | N. Suburbs

Friday, December 6, 2019 11:00 AM - Friday, January 24, 2020 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

A fun and energetic music class for babies and their parents or caregivers, with a few Jewish songs in the mix for some added fun.  Enjoy lively, developmentally appropriate songs and activities with your little one and get to know other little ones and parents during this 8-week session of classes. Best for babies 0-12 months.

Location:
Temple Jeremiah
937 Happ Road
Northfield IL, 60093


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


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Torah Tots with a Twist | N. Suburbs

Sunday, December 8, 2019 9:30 AM - Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Torah Tots offers an early introduction to Judaism in a one-hour interactive setting. Meet others and explore Shabbat, holidays, and Jewish values. Play, sing, dance, pray, and create art. Hear stories and have a snack. Build community and celebrate Judaism. Open to newborns through 2 year olds with a parent, relative, or caregiver.

**Please note, this class will meet on the following dates:
12/8/19
1/5/20
1/19/20
2/2/20


Location:
Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation
4 Happ Road
Northfield IL, 60093


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


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Jewish Holidays 101: Hanukkah Storytime - These Little Lights of Mine

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Learn about the Jewish holidays with stories, songs, and activities especially for children ages 0-2 (with a parent or caregiver). Older siblings are welcome. Resources for celebrating the holidays in your home will be provided. Different locations, dates and times are offered for each storytime session. All sessions are free of charge.

Location:
Deerfield Barnes & Noble
728 N. Waukegan Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


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


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Jewish Holidays 101: Hanukkah Storytime - These Little Lights of Mine

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

Learn about the Jewish holidays with stories, songs, and activities especially for children ages 0-2 (with a parent or caregiver). Older siblings are welcome. Resources for celebrating the holidays in your home will be provided. Different locations, dates and times are offered for each storytime session. All sessions are free of charge.

Location:
Vernon Hills Barnes & Noble
Mellody Farm, 901 N. Milwaukee Ave
Vernon Hills IL, 60061


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


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Tummy Time & Toddler Dance | NW. Suburbs

Monday, January 6, 2020 11:15 AM - Monday, February 24, 2020 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Babies 3 months to 1 year will explore movement & music with their grown-up! We will sing, do movement activities that encourage motor skills and motor planning, and bounce, jiggle, and wiggle! Parents or guardians should be ready to move, groove, and participate with their little one.

Location:
Congregation Beth Judea
5304 RFD
Long Grove IL, 60047


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


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Stretch-n-Grow with BJE @ Beth Hillel B'nai Emunah | N. Suburbs

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 9:30 AM - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:00 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.

We will shake, throw, push and pull as we learn to move our bodies in different ways. Grown-up participation is encouraged!

Best for babies 8-24 months.


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


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


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Rockers & Shakers | N. Suburbs

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:30 AM - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Foster community and friendship while collaboratively making music with the tot in your life! This class connects children up to age two and their caregivers in cheerful music making in a warm and fun environment! Using folk songs, Israeli tunes, and movement activities, skilled music leader Nicole Jaworski will instill the love of music in your little one and will help us realize the amazing potential music has to connect us to others. The first 45 minutes will be filled with music activities, and the last 15 minutes will enjoy large motor activities in Beth Emet’s play space.

Location:
Beth Emet Synagogue
1224 Dempster Street
Evanston IL, 60202


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


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Stretch-n-Grow with BJE @ B'nai Tikvah | N. Suburbs

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:00 AM - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 11:45 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.

We will shake, throw, push and pull as we learn to move our bodies in different ways. Grown-up participation is encouraged!

Best for babies 8-24 months


Location:
Board of Jewish Education at B'nai Tikvah
1558 Wilmot Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


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


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Scribble, Drip and Play: Sensory Art for Toddlers | N. Suburbs

Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:30 AM - Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

Enjoy a fun morning as your child explores child-safe art materials in a playful and creative environment...outside of your home! Scribble, Drip and Play is designed as a tactile, hands-on class where mess and fun is encouraged. The class time includes snack and time to socialize.

Location:
Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie IL, 60076


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


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Tots & Tunes | N. Suburbs

Friday, January 10, 2020 9:30 AM - Friday, February 14, 2020 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Experience a 45 minute musical morning with songs, instruments and a taste of Shabbat! Snacks will be offered after each class. Best for children 12-24 months and a parent or caregiver.

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


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


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Shalom Chaverim - Welcome, Friends! | City

Sunday, January 12, 2020 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Explore Judaism through the textures, sights, sounds, smells and rhythms of the Jewish year. Enjoy stories, singing, arts, cooking, playing and more!

*We know that infant and toddler schedules can be tough. Come when you can and stay as long as you'd like!*


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


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


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Fun with Ivrit (Hebrew)

Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:00 AM - Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Fun Hebrew language immersion class for parents and tots. Come sing songs, learn Hebrew and make new friends!

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


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


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City South Plays | City

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 9:00 AM - Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

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

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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Connecting the Expecting | City

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:30 PM - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Expectant parents at similar stages of life will gather to socialize, share resources and discuss issues pertaining to being pregnant and preparing for parenthood. This group is open to expectant single moms and couples (LGBT couples welcome) who are expecting the birth or adoption of their first baby, in which at least one member of the couple is Jewish. Each group will have a Shabbat dinner to get to know one another and meet 4 times for dinner and programs.

Each session will include a guest speaker and topics will include newborn basics, adjusting to new roles as parents, Jewish baby rituals and must have baby products.

The next group is best for parents due February-March.

**Shabbat dinner 1/24/20*


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


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


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Sticky, Slimy, Shabbat | N. Suburbs

Friday, January 17, 2020 10:30 AM - Friday, February 21, 2020 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Experience Shabbat during a one-hour messy, fun and engaging tactile, sensory experience. Feel, touch and move as we engage in the wonder of creation.

Class will include snack and time for socializing & open play. This class is best for tots, 12 months to two-years-old and their favorite adult.


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


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


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Russian jBaby Musical Movement | N. Suburbs

Saturday, January 18, 2020 4:00 PM - Saturday, February 8, 2020 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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Mind, Body, Baby | City

Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:15 AM - Sunday, February 23, 2020 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Prioritize your own well-being, connect with your baby in new ways, and meet other parents in your community with this six-week health and wellness series presented by JCC Chicago. Great for mom, dad or both together with baby!

Each session will end with 30 minutes of social time and light snack.


Location:
Heller JCC
524 W. Melrose Street
Chicago IL, 60657


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


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Mind, Body, Baby | N. Suburbs

Sunday, January 19, 2020 10:30 AM - Monday, February 24, 2020 11:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Prioritize your own well-being, connect with your baby in new ways, and meet other parents in your community with this six-week health and wellness series presented by JCC Chicago.

Each session will begin with 30 minutes of social time and light snack before moving into the week’s activity. Great for mom, dad or both together with baby! $5 drop in babysitting for older siblings will be available.


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


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


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Wiggles & Giggles | N. Suburbs

Monday, January 27, 2020 10:00 AM - Monday, March 9, 2020 11:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

Build connections while making music and movement! Parents and children will explore Jewish music by singing, dancing, playing with shakers, instruments, and scarves. This class promotes social, cognitive, and communications skills for your growing tot. This class is best for children, 8-24 months.

Location:
Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie IL, 60076


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


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jYoga | Naperville

Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:30 AM - Sunday, March 15, 2020 11:15 AM <Add to Calendar>

Connect to your child and our community through yoga and Jewish inspired music. Together, you and your child will focus on strength, flexibility and confidence in this weekly morning class.

**Class will not meet on 3/8/20**


Location:
Congregation Beth Shalom
772 W 5th Ave
Naperville IL, 60563


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


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Connecting the Expecting | City

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30 PM - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Expectant parents at similar stages of life will gather to socialize, share resources and discuss issues pertaining to being pregnant and preparing for parenthood. This group is open to expectant single moms and couples (LGBT couples welcome) who are expecting the birth or adoption of their first baby, in which at least one member of the couple is Jewish. Each group will have a Shabbat dinner to get to know one another and meet 4 times for dinner and programs.

Each session will include a guest speaker and topics will include newborn basics, adjusting to new roles as parents, Jewish baby rituals and must have baby products.

The next group is best for parents due June-August.

*Shabbat dinner 5/8/20*


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


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


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Upcoming Events


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