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Holiday Celebrations for Children

“I like knowing that my children’s Jewish education is based on the philosophy of Secular Humanism and that I don’t have to wear a tie to services!”

 — Brad S., Deerfield


Children of all ages (and their parents and grandparents) enjoy hearing holiday stories, singing holiday songs, learning holiday traditions, and, of course, tasting holiday foods. Join the Kol Hadash community for children-friendly Jewish celebrations held throughout the year. Parents, grandparents and guests are always welcome! All holiday celebrations are free, except where indicated.  

Our whole school—students, teachers, and families—come together to celebrate major Jewish holidays as well as to enjoy special programs on Jewish culture.

Rosh Hashana Family Service

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 2:00pm

A wonderful way for families to celebrate together in a relaxed and child-friendly atmosphere. Intended for families with children ages 5-12 (and parents/grandparents), but younger children are very welcome — we have a high noise tolerance! Childcare is available during the 10:30 am Adult Morning Service; families can then join us for lunch during our extensive oneg and stay for the Family Service.

High Holidays for Tots

Sunday, September 20, 2020, 10:30am
Brickyards Park in Deerfield

A fun way to sing, dance and play our way into the Jewish New Year! Intended for families with children ages 0-5 (and parents/grandparents).

Yom Kippur Family Service

Monday, September 28, 2:00pm

A opportunity to reflect on the Jewish New Year together. Intended for families with children ages 5-12 (and parents/grandparents), but younger children are very welcome — we have a high noise tolerance! Childcare is available during the 10:30 am Adult Morning Service. If you need lunch suggestions for your children, we can provide a list of quick and easy local eateries so you can join us again at 1:00 for the Family Service.

Family Sukkot Celebration

Sunday, October 11, 4:00pm

At Kol Hadash our celebration begins outdoors, where we gather in and around our sukkah, sharing stories, singing songs and passing the lulav (bundle of 3 varieties of tree branches) and etrog (citron fruit). Then we move the festivities indoors, with a potluck dinner.

Hanukkah Celebration and Luncheon

Sunday, December 13, 11:00am

All are welcome to join the party! We provide the main course, and each family brings a side dish, salad or dessert to share and their own menorah (candles provided). Advance registration is required and there is a small fee to cover the cost of lunch.

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Sunday, January 31, 10:30am

A wonderful celebration of the cycling of the seasons, our connections to the natural world, and a delicious variety of foods. Intended for all ages.

Purim Service & Carnival

Sunday, February 28, 10:30am

A grand time dressing in costume, playing games, eating delicious hamantaschen (holiday pastries) while celebrating the triumph of good over evil in the biblical tale of Queen Esther. Nominal cost for carnival tickets. Intended for all ages.

Sunday School Passover Seder

Sunday, March 14, 10:30am

A fun and casual setting for children to learn about Passover's interesting history, customs and special foods. Intended for all ages

Storytimes for Young Children & Families

See Shabbat come alive for your children with stories, songs, and activities led by Rabbi Adam Chalom and Education Director Dawn Friedman. Storytimes are intended for children ages 0-2 (older children welcome) and are held at different local bookstores and other convenient neighborhood locations.

Our storytimes sponsored by jBaby Chicago. All sessions are free of charge. Learn more.  All programs are free of charge. Storytimes are sponsored by JBaby Chicago. RSVP for storytime on JUF's website. For more information, contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at, or 847/383-5184.

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