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PJ Library Family Classes

Best for families with children 2-5 year old (siblings are welcome in most classes)

Learn something new as a family and as a parent.  Give back to your community.  Explore rituals and traditions. Meet new friends. PJ classes partner with local Jewish organizations to offer unique opportunities specifically designed for families with young children.  These PJ Library sponsored classes are an opportunity to deepen your families’ connection to each other, to your community & to your Judaism.  Join us!


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B'yachad Family Learning Club

Learn, dine and celebrate with other families. Between enjoying Havdalah and dinner together, Rabbis will lead conversations about parenting in today’s world with a Jewish lens, while children join teachers for hands-on holiday activities. Best for 4- & 5-year-olds, siblings welcome!

Monthly, Saturdays, 4-6 pm, Dinner catered by local restaurants included

  • Jan 26 – Shabbat: How do you foster a love of repairing the world with your children?
  • Feb 23 – Purim: How do you help your children own their identity?
  • Mar 23 – Passover: How much freedom should you give your children?

Temple Sholom of Chicago, 3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657

Cost: $54

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Mitzvah Makers 

Gather with young families monthly to volunteer together! We'll partner with organizations throughout Chicago to learn about the ways we can repair our world and connect more deeply with each other in the process.

Monthly, Sundays, 10 am-12:30 pm, Lunch included

Dates: 1/20, 2/17, 3/10, 4/7, 5/5

Mishkan Chicago

Location will vary at city agencies, 1/20 session will take place at Mishkan (4001 N. Ravenswood #101)

This Class is SOLD OUT!



Ivrit (Hebrew) with Ronit

A weekly Hebrew class for children ages 4-6, taught by Early Childhood educator, Ronit Levy. Children will enjoy singing, art, music, yoga, snack and playtime, all in Hebrew.

7 Week Sessions, Wednesdays, 4;30-5:30 pm

  • Winter: Jan 16 - Feb 27
  • Spring: Mar 6 - April 17

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

Cost: $70.00/child per session

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Sunday Morning Parent Tot

Play, learn, sing, dance and enjoy Jewish life together.  Classes include free play, music, crafts, storytelling and snack.  This class provides an opportunity for families with children 2-3 year old to get to know each other and build friendships.

Weekly, Sundays, Jan 6 - May 19, 9-11 am

Temple Beth Israel,  3601 Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60076

Cost $150



Becoming a Soulful Parent

An innovative parenting group, grounded in Jewish wisdom and text, which will help guide us to reflect on the kind of parent and partner we want to become. Rachel Schwartz, JCC Chicago’s Director of Social Services, will facilitate this group and help you share the parenting journey with others.

6 Week Sessions, Tuesdays, 7 pm- 8 pm

  • Winter: Jan 29- Mar 12 (No class on 2/19)
  • Spring: April 2 - May 7

Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Cost: $90


Shabbat Super Heroes

Join Temple Chai for stories and hands-on volunteer activities that will help make the world a better place! Bring your favorite grown-up and siblings too!  Shabbat blessings, snacks and schmooze each week!

6 week session, Saturdays, 9-9:45 am

Dates: Feb 2,9,16,23 and March 2,9

Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Rd., Long Grove


Upcoming Events

Shalom Shabbat - New time! Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:00 AM More info
Miller Intro to Judaism Course Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM More info
Stretch-n-Grow with BJE | N. Suburbs Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:30 AM More info
LEAP into Shabbat Friday, May 31, 2019 10:30 AM More info