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School Events

Jewish cultural literacy is not just a matter of names, dates, places and stories. It is also music and food and art and action! Through a variety of special events and creative approaches to our curriculum, students create Jewish memories through exciting Jewish experiences.

Our whole school—students, teachers, and families—come together to celebrate major Jewish holidays and enjoy special programs on Jewish culture. Here are some examples from past years:

Note: Due to COVID precautions in 2021 and 2022, some of these plans will be adjusted for health and safety.


Family Celebrations

Children can explore what Being Jewish and Doing Jewish means to them through Jewish culture, literature, history, values and ethics at their own level. Visit our  family celebrations throughout the year. Parents, grandparents and guests are always welcome! All family holiday celebrations are free and open to everyone. See this flyer for more information.


Taste of Kol Hadash

It’s no wonder that our most popular Sunday School program features eating! Kol Hadash members cook cherished family recipes—from any generation and from any culture. They serve their dish (in bite-size portions) to our Sunday School students, members, and guests, and explain the family history of the recipes.  It’s hard to beat learning about history while tasting delicious foods! Check out our 2019 Taste of Kol Hadash Cookbook , 2020 Taste of Kol Hadash Cookbook, 2022 Taste of Kol Hadash Cookbook.


Mitzvah Opportunities

Doing good takes practice and experience, and we try to live out the Jewish saying “study leads to action.” Regular opportunities to act on our values have included collections of food and gifts at holiday celebrations, creating fleece blankets for Chai Lifeline, making lunches and cards for PADS, and volunteering with our congregation-wide Mitzvah Day.


Mezuzah Making

In Humanistic Judaism, we are the heirs to Jewish culture, which means we can remake our inheritance with our own values. If we choose to mark our doorpost with a Jewish symbol, what words would we choose to put inside it? How would we decorate it? These questions and many more were explored in our Make Your Own Mezuzah workshop. A ceramic mezuzah to take home was included!


Israeli Lunch

Almost half of the world’s Jews live in the land of Israel, and modern Israel was the creation of secular Jews. We celebrated our connection to the land and its people by exploring its food, music, geography and history in an interactive all-school experience!


Field Trip to Art Institute of Chicago

There are many ways to learn about the human experience and Jewish identity. Our field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago have provided an all-ages exploration of beauty, form, and nonverbal expressions of personal identity. They have also given our school community (children AND parents) a great social and experiential opportunity to take advantage of one of Chicagoland’s great resources


Youth Group

Students look forward to when they are old enough to join the Youth Group. The group meets monthly, some are purely social, others devoted to community service, organizing the School’s Purim and Sukkot celebrations or planning future events.  The highlight of the year is attending the Society for Humanistic Judaism’s annual HuJews Teen Conclave. Open to grade 8-12.

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