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jBaby Classes, Playgroups & Meet Ups

Come play with jBaby Chicago! From music to yoga to an expectant parent series, jBaby classes partner with local Jewish organizations to offer something unique for families. Or, join a weekly playgroup to connect with other jBaby families. These social groups are facilitated by our jBaby Parent Ambassadors and are offered in person and virtually. Meet Ups are one-time events that include play dates, crafts and volunteer opportunities. Find one happening near you and one that works best for you and your family!

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. 


Happy Birthday to the Trees! A Tu B'Shvat Celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Sing happy birthday to the trees at the Garfield Park Conservatory!

We will sing some celebratory tunes, listen to a story or two, and do a take-home Tu B'Shvat craft. And of course.. there will be birthday cake (and coffee for grown-ups)!

Plan your day to spend some time amid the beautiful plants in the warm Conservatory before or after our event!


Location:
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago IL, 60624


Contact:
JUF Young Families
youngfamilies@juf.org
312-357-4905


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Crawlers and Walkers | Kids Empire Evanston | Sundays 10am-11am

Sunday, February 5, 2023 4:00 PM - Sunday, February 26, 2023 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Bring your crawler or walker to the new play space, Kids Empire, in Evanston to get some wiggles out!

The playgroup will meet in the Tot Area, which is separate from the larger climbing structures and is designated for toddlers still in diapers. It's padded and enclosed and will be a super safe spot to let your little one roam while you get an hour to chat with other jBaby parents!


Location:
Kids Empire
1924 Dempster St
Evanston IL, 60202


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4905


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0-12 month | Bubbles Academy Highland Park | Mondays at 11:30am

Monday, February 6, 2023 11:30 AM - Monday, February 27, 2023 12:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Head over to the brand-new Bubbles Academy Highland Park (formerly WeOrbit) and let you little one safely explore the amazing playspace while you get some quality time with other grown-ups in your area!

Location:
Bubbles Academy Highland Park
1736 1st Street
Highland Park IL, 60035


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


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jBaby 0-6 month Playgroup | Prenatal Fit | Tuesdays | 11:15am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 11:15 AM - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Have a new jBaby? Then this 0-6 month playgroup is for you! Come and make new friends!

Location:
Prenatal Fit
1937 W. Diversey
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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See, Sing, Celebrate! Jewish Holiday How-To

Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 2/12/2023 - 2/19/2023)

Are you wondering how to celebrate Jewish holidays at home with your young child? This month we’ll explore Shabbat and Passover 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. Class will be held in a spacious room and comfortable environment. Older siblings are welcome.

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


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


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Jamberry Music

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 9:30 AM - Tuesday, March 21, 2023 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 and up, and siblings are welcome to join! Class is held in our very large social hall, with plenty of space for each family to sit comfortably.

Location:
Beth Emet Synagogue
1224 Dempster
Evanston IL, 60202


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


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jBaby Third Shabbat

Saturday, February 18, 2023 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Monthly on the Third Saturday of every month between 1/21/2023 - 4/15/2023)

jBaby Third Shabbat at CRZ is an opportunity for families to gather for a Shabbat morning filled with creativity, connection, and ruach! Children will be able to explore the Jewish themes of the season through sensory play and crafts, led by artist Rachel Ellison, and then everyone will gather for an interactive musical program with props and percussion instruments led by a trained instructor from Marsha's Music.

Location:
Congregation Rodfei Zedek
5200 S Hyde Park Blvd IL, 60615


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


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See, Sing, Celebrate! Jewish Holiday How-To

Sunday, February 19, 2023 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 2/12/2023 - 2/19/2023)

Are you wondering how to celebrate Jewish holidays at home with your young child? This month we’ll explore Shabbat and Passover 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. Class will be held in a spacious room and comfortable environment. Older siblings are welcome.

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


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


Register Online

JNew Moms Group

Thursday, February 23, 2023 1:00 PM - Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

The JNew Moms Group offers a professionally-facilitated supportive environment for first-time mothers 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:
Prenatal Fit
1937 W. Diversey
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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JNew Moms Group SUBURBS

Friday, February 24, 2023 10:00 AM - Saturday, March 25, 2023 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

The JNew Moms Group offers a professionally-facilitated supportive environment for first-time mothers 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
312-357-4907


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jBaby Chicago's Ultimate Purim Playdate

Sunday, February 26, 2023 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Grab your costumes and groggers, it’s time to celebrate Purim with jBaby! Stages Chicago will lead us in an imaginative, toddler-friendly retelling of the Purim story through fun and familiar musical numbers. We will have delicious treats on-hand and other fun Purim activities for all our jBabies!

Location:
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Dr.
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4905


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Connecting the Expecting

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 6:30 PM - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 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 (LGBTQ 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 session will include a guest speaker and topics will include newborn basics, adjusting to new roles as parents, Jewish baby rituals and creating a Jewish home.


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


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


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Happy Challah-Days

Thursday, March 2, 2023 9:30 AM - Thursday, May 4, 2023 10:45 AM <Add to Calendar>

Happy Challah-Days is taught by our parent-tot teacher Carol Shukur, who has over 20 years of experience teaching children. Bring your baby or toddler 6 months-2 years old to experience Jewish traditions in a warm, safe and nurturing environment. We will explore Shabbat and Jewish holidays through play, song, movement and art.

No class on 4/6 and 4/13


Location:
JRC- Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Ave
Evanston IL, 60202


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


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Cryin' Out Loud Music Class

Monday, March 6, 2023 9:30 AM - Monday, April 24, 2023 10:00 AM <Add to Calendar>

Susan Salidor’s Cryin’ Out Loud music classes for moms/dads/caregivers and babies/toddlers are musical, magical, and fun. Together we will bounce, rock, sing new songs and honor old favorites, introducing the youngest among us to the joy of making and experiencing music together. Class will include 30 minutes of music and movement with Susan followed by 15 minutes of schmooze-time.

No class 4/3


Location:
JRC- Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Ave
Evanston IL, 60202


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


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Shabbat Shirah

Friday, March 17, 2023 10:00 AM - Friday, May 5, 2023 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 months and up.

**No class on 4/7 & 4/14 due to Passover holiday**


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


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


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jBaby Third Shabbat

Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Monthly on the Third Saturday of every month between 1/21/2023 - 4/15/2023)

jBaby Third Shabbat at CRZ is an opportunity for families to gather for a Shabbat morning filled with creativity, connection, and ruach! Children will be able to explore the Jewish themes of the season through sensory play and crafts, led by artist Rachel Ellison, and then everyone will gather for an interactive musical program with props and percussion instruments led by a trained instructor from Marsha's Music.

Location:
Congregation Rodfei Zedek
5200 S Hyde Park Blvd IL, 60615


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


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JUF Young Families Celebrates Passover at the Field Museum

Sunday, March 26, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Get ready to discover and explore Passover in a brand-new way at the Field Museum!

Museum scientists will dive into the science behind the plagues, familiar characters will retell their epic Exodus story, and your family will enjoy art, music, and stories in our own private space within the museum.


Location:
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL, 60605


Contact:
Young Families
youngfamilies@juf.org
312-357-4905


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jBaby Third Shabbat

Saturday, April 15, 2023 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

(Recurring Monthly on the Third Saturday of every month between 1/21/2023 - 4/15/2023)

jBaby Third Shabbat at CRZ is an opportunity for families to gather for a Shabbat morning filled with creativity, connection, and ruach! Children will be able to explore the Jewish themes of the season through sensory play and crafts, led by artist Rachel Ellison, and then everyone will gather for an interactive musical program with props and percussion instruments led by a trained instructor from Marsha's Music.

Location:
Congregation Rodfei Zedek
5200 S Hyde Park Blvd IL, 60615


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


Register Online

“The participants in my jBaby class are a really special group of warm families who are dipping their toe into Jewish programming, had a positive experience and want to get more involved.”

jBaby Chicago Parent