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Youth Education

We do Youth Education differently by:

  • We teach our children Biblical stories for cultural literacy and to open ethical conversations, while we rely on archaeology and critical study to learn real Jewish history. 
  • Our children explore the entire range of Jewish experience, past and present, with the freedom and responsibility to choose what is relevant and meaningful to them.
  • Our children are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, and explore what Being Jewish and Doing Jewish means to them. 
  • Our children develop their own convictions honestly–-on the basis of knowledge and understanding rather than faith and authority. 
  • We understand that “Jewish” might be part of a family’s cultural heritage.  Children learn about and develop their Jewish connections while celebrating their full self.

Families can ‘try out’ our Sunday School by visiting their grade’s class for the day. Sunday School is weekly for K-10th grade. There is no expectation of a commitment by coming to this program.  We also welcome non-member families with children of all ages to join us at our Sunday School holiday and cultural celebrations.

 

Sunday School

The goal of our weekly Sunday School is for our children  (kindergarten through Confirmation) to have a deep understanding of Jewish history and culture as an evolving civilization, and of the power and responsibility they and all people have to understand and improve the world. We promote a positive Jewish identity and teach our children to think critically.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

B Mitzvah

Our B Mitzvah (gender-neutral, non-binary terminology for Bar or Bat Mitzvah) students are not assigned a Torah portion based on their service date. Rather, they choose a subject they find meaningful to explore - it can be a Torah reading, a Hebrew reading from other Jewish literature, or a topic, issue, or person from the wide range of the Jewish experience.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Youth Group

Our Youth Group, open to our students in grades 8-12, organizes all-school Purim and Sukkot celebrations, social events and community service projects. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Preschool Jewish Discovery

Once a month, children ages 2-6 years old (and their grown-ups) enjoy hands-on activities, arts and crafts projects, free play and music — all with a fun Jewish theme. Free for both members and nonmembers. Younger siblings welcome.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Parent-Tot Storytimes: Holidays 101

See holidays come alive for children ages 0-2 with stories, songs, and activities at our Parent-Tot Holidays 101 supported by  jBaby Chicago. Free for both members and nonmembers. Older siblings welcome.


Adult Education

 

Adult Education

Our Adult Education programs are rooted in Jewish identity, while exploring broader issues involving history, philosophy, comparative religion, current events, literature and science. Episodic programs on Sunday mornings supplement our regular Tuesday night classes in Jewish history, Jewish culture and the philosophy of Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782