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Kid's Challah Braiding

Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

You children can make Challah while you shop this summer!

On Thursdays 3:30-4:30
July 6th @ Mariano's on Skokie Blvd
July 20th @ Sunset Foods, Downtown Northbrook
August 3rd @ Mariano's on Skokie Blvd
Aug 17th @ Sunset Foods, Downtown Northbrook

Mariano's: 784 Skokie Blvd / Sunset Foods: 1127 Church St.

No Charge. Please RSVP at: ChabadNorthbrook.com/Challah


Location:
2095 Landwehr Rd
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Phaedra Wilkinson
pwilk@chabadnorthbrook.com
847-564-8770


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Ramah Family Fun Day!

Sunday, July 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

For all Chicago area families with young children! Come meet your Jewish neighbors!
Join Ramah for a fun afternoon of inter-generational sports, swimming, singing and more! Bring a dairy picnic lunch and we’ll provide dessert.


Location:
Ramah Day Camp
98 W. Hintz Rd
Wheeling IL, 60090


Contact:
Lori Stark
director@ramahday.com
312-606-9316


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Family Night at Max & Benny's with BJBE

Thursday, July 13, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Join BJBE clergy and staff for a family night out at Max & Benny’s in Deerfield with art activities and songs. Families are responsible for their own meals.

Location:
Max & Benny's
641 Waukegan Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
Anne Robbin
arobbin@bjbe.org
847-940-7575


Web Page

Share Shabbat

Friday, July 14, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM <Add to Calendar>

Please be our guest to enjoy our family-oriented shabbat service and dinner. Listen and sing along with Emanuel's own 'Ham-it-Up' Band. Savor a delicious dinner following family services. Please join us. For dinner we will also provide side dishes, juice, wine and challah.

Contact Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman at cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org for more information.


Location:
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL, 60660


Contact:
Cantor Shelly Friedman
cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org
773-561-5173


Web Page

Sunday in the Park with Bagels

Sunday, July 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Sunday in the Park with Bagels is a fun, free "tour" of the Jewish calendar through crafts, activities, music, and games for families with young children.

Location:
Sunset Woods Park
1801 Sunset Road
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
Jenn Hipps
sundayintheparkwithbagels@gmail.com
847-905-9204



Sunday in the Park with Bagels-Northshore

Sunday, July 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Explore a taste of the Jewish calendar with hands on crafts & activities. This free event welcomes families with young children. Advance registration is encouraged, https://www.jccchicago.org/event/sunday-park-bagels-north-shore/. Rain location: Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook, Il. Registered participants will be notified by 8 am if the location changes.

Location:
Sunset Woods Park
1801 Sunset Road
Highland Park IL, 60035


Contact:
Susan Ellenby
Susane@nsci.org
847-835-0724


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8-24 month playgroup, Growth Spurts (suburbs)

Monday, July 17, 2017 3:30 PM - Monday, August 14, 2017 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
Growth Spurts
404 Linden Avenue
Wilmette IL, 60091


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


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8-24 month playgroup, My Gym Buffalo Grove (suburbs)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 3:00 PM - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
My Gym
1622 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove IL, 60089


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


Register Online

6-14 month playgroup, Bubbles Academy (city)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 3:30 PM - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 5:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-6 months, 6-14 months, 12-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
Bubbles Academy
2184 N. Elston Avenue
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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0-8 month playgroup, New Mother New Baby (suburbs)

Friday, July 21, 2017 10:00 AM - Friday, August 18, 2017 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-8 months or 8 - 24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
New Mother New Baby
3115 W. Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


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


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0-6 month playgroup, Little Beans Cafe (city)

Friday, July 21, 2017 1:30 PM - Friday, August 18, 2017 3:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-6 months, 6-14 months, 12-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
Little Beans Cafe
1809 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago IL, 60614


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


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12- 24 month playgroup, My Gym (city)

Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 PM - Friday, August 18, 2017 5:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago is excited to offer playgroups for Jewish & interfaith parents and babies 0-24 months of age living in Chicago. Share stories while the children play, making lasting connections for you and your family as you navigate this parenting adventure together. Playgroups will be grouped according by age: 0-6 months, 6-14 months, 12-24 months. Please choose the group that is most appropriate for you and your child.

Location:
My Gym
1461 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago IL, 60614


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


Register Online

Family Shabbat Around Town

Friday, July 21, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Please join us for a Shabbat Street Fair at the Florence Heller JCC! Shabbat themed musical entertainment, crafts, face painting and so much more! Pack a dairy picnic dinner and enjoy complimentary kosher dessert from the neighborhood ice cream truck.

Shabbat Around Town is made possible through the generous support of the Gendler Grapevine Project.

This program is a part of The Rose and Sidney N. Shure Kehilla Program.


Location:
Florence Heller JCC
524 W. Melrose Street
Chicago IL, 60657


Contact:
Andi Kaufman
akaufman@jccchicago.org
847-763-3517


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Family Shabbat Around Town

Friday, July 21, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Experience Shabbat at the Lighthouse Beach with the JCC! With the lakefront as our backdrop, we will celebrate Shabbat with themed activity stations, songs, crafts and so much more. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy complimentary dessert.

Shabbat Around Town is made possible through the generous support of the Gendler Grapevine Project.


Location:
Evanston Lighthouse Beach Picnic Shelter
2611 Sheridan Road
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact:
Andi Kaufman
akaufman@jccchicago.org
847-763-3517


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Family Shabbat Around Town

Friday, July 21, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Experience Shabbat Lake County Style! Explore Garoon Gateway to Science, enjoy a family yoga class, crafts, entertainment and so much more. Pack a picnic dinner and top off the evening with S'mores by the Lake County firepit.

5:30-6:15 — Families will enjoy their picnic dinner and time to explore Garoon Gateway to Science
6:15-6:45 — Family Activity stations open – Science, Yoga and so much more!
6:45-7:15 — Shabbat songs & S’mores

Shabbat Around Town is made possible through the generous support of the Gendler Grapevine Project.


Location:
Lake County JCC
23280 N. Old McHenry Rd
Lake Zurich IL, 60047


Contact:
Lawrence LeVine
ljlevine@jccchicago.org
847-763-3603


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Family Movie Night

Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Enjoy havdallah, dinner, and a child-friendly movie on a beautiful summer night. Perfect for families with children ages 2-6. $5.00/person.

Location:
1224 Dempster
Evanston IL, 60202


Contact:
Kathy Kaberon
kkaberon@bethemet.org
847-869-4230


Web Page

jBaby Chicago's Bagels in the Park - Bucktown

Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago invites you to come schmooze, eat and play in the park! Fun for the entire family!

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.

If raining, the event will be canceled.


Location:
Unity Playlot Park
2636 N. Kimball Avenue
Chicago IL, 60647


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


Register Online

jBaby Chicago's Bagels in the Park - Wilmette

Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago invites you to come schmooze, eat and play in the park! Fun for the entire family!

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.

If raining, the event will be canceled.


Location:
Vattman Park
898 15th Street
Wilmette IL, 60091


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


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Shabbat at the Park

Friday, July 28, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Come join us for a family friendly Shabbat worship at Lovelace Park in Evanston. The service starts at 6:30-it is full of music and is great for all ages. Bring a picnic dinner and a dessert to share!


Location:
Lovelace Park (Gross Point & Isabella)
2740 Gross Point Rd
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact:
Becky Reuhs
breuhs@gmail.com
773-655-5146



Shabbat at the Park!

Friday, July 28, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Invite friends, family and neighbors for Shabbat at the Park Friday, July 28th, 2017. Bring a Shabbat Dinner for your family and a dessert to share at Lovelace Park in Evanston at 6:30PM at Gross Point Rd. and Isabella. The shelter will keep us dry if the weather is not perfect. Don't miss this unique worship and Shabbat dinner experience. Bring along a friend or neighbor, they will thank you for it as the sun sets at the park! Here is a map of the park area and where the shelter is located:http://www.cityofevanston.org/assets/Lovelace%20Park.pdf

Location:
Lovelace Park (Gross Point & Isabella)
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact:
Becky Reuhs
breuhs@gmail.com
773-655-5146



Playdate in the Park

Thursday, August 3, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Join us at Maplewood Park in Deerfield for a chance to connect with other families with young children. Bring your own picnic dinner!

Location:
Maplewood Park
850 Forest Ave
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
Anne Robbin
arobbin@bjbe.org
847-940-7575


Web Page

Family Night at Max & Benny's with BJBE

Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Join BJBE clergy and staff for a family night out at Max & Benny’s in Deerfield with art activities and songs. Families are responsible for their own meals.

Location:
Max & Benny's
641 Waukegan Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
Anne Robbin
arobbin@bjbe.org
847-940-7575


Web Page

Share Shabbat

Friday, August 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM <Add to Calendar>

Please be our guest to enjoy our family-oriented shabbat service and dinner. Listen and sing along with Emanuel's own 'Ham-it-Up' Band! Savor a delicious dinner following family services. Please join us!
For dinner we will also provide side dishes, juice, wine and challah.

Contact Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman at cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org for more information.


Location:
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL, 60660


Contact:
Cantor Shelly Friedman
cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org
773-561-5173


Web Page

jBaby Chicago's Bagels in the Park - Naperville

Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago invites you to come schmooze, eat and play in the park! Fun for the entire family!

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.

If raining, the event will be canceled.


Location:
Wildflower Park
2122 Aurora Avenue
Naperville IL, 60540


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


Register Online

jBaby Chicago's Bagels in the Park - Buffalo Grove

Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago invites you to come schmooze, eat and play in the park! Fun for the entire family!

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.

If raining, the event will be canceled.


Location:
Willow Stream Park
651 Old Checker Road
Buffalo Grove IL, 60089


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


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jBaby Chicago's Bagels in the Park - Lakeview

Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

jBaby Chicago invites you to come schmooze, eat and play in the park! Fun for the entire family!

jBaby Chicago helps expectant parents and families with children 0 – 24 months make connections, build community, and explore Jewish life through playgroups, classes and events.

If raining, the event will be canceled.


Location:
Margaret Donahue Park
1230 W. School Street
Chicago IL, 60657


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


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Prospective Member Open House

Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM <Add to Calendar>

Looking for a new Jewish home? Congregation Etz Chaim cordially invites you to our Prospective Member Open House!

Join us for brunch, tour our synagogue, and meet our Rabbis, Director of Education, and our Board of Directors and learn what Etz Chaim is really about.


Location:
1710 S. Highland Ave.
Lombard IL, 60148


Contact:
Adrienne Mintz
cec.officeasst@congetzchaim.org
630-627-3912


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Connecting the Expecting

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:30 PM - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 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 (LGBT 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 group will have a Shabbat dinner to get to know one another and meet 4 times for dinner and programs. Each session will include a guest speaker and topics will include newborn basics, adjusting to new roles as parents, Jewish baby rituals and must have baby products. The next group is best for parents due October - December 2017.

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


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


Register Online

Shabbat at the Park

Friday, August 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Come join us for a family friendly Shabbat worship at Lovelace Park in Evanston. The service starts at 6:30 - it is full of music and is great for all ages. Bring a picnic dinner and a dessert to share!

Location:
Lovelace Park (Gross Point & Isabella)
2740 Gross Point Rd
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact:
Becky Reuhs
breuhs@gmail.com
773-655-5146



Shabbat at the Park!

Friday, August 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <Add to Calendar>

Invite friends, family and neighbors for Shabbat at the Park Friday, August 25th, 2017. Bring a Shabbat Dinner for your family and a dessert to share at Lovelace Park in Evanston at 6:30PM at Gross Point Rd. and Isabella. The shelter will keep us dry if the weather is not perfect. Don't miss this unique worship and Shabbat dinner experience. Bring along a friend or neighbor, they will thank you for it as the sun sets at the park! Here is a map of the park area and where the shelter is located:http://www.cityofevanston.org/assets/Lovelace%20Park.pdf

Location:
Lovelace Park (Gross Point & Isabella)
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact:
Becky Reuhs
breuhs@gmail.com
773-655-5146



Sleep Under Havdalah

Saturday, August 26, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM <Add to Calendar>

Come in your PJ's. Bring your blankets and pillows. We will have a brief Havdalah service, decorate Sh'ma pillow cases, enjoy milk and cookies, and read a bedtime story. Sleep Under Havdalah - featuring the PJ Library book "Goodnight Sh’ma" by Jacqueline Jules.

Contact Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman at cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org for more information.


Location:
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan
Chicago IL, 60660


Contact:
Cantor Shelly Friedman
cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org
773-561-5173



Share Shabbat

Friday, September 8, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM <Add to Calendar>

Please be our guest to enjoy our family-oriented shabbat service and dinner. Listen and sing along with Emanuel's own 'Ham-it-Up' Band! Savor a delicious dinner following family services. Please join us! For dinner we will also provide side dishes, juice, wine and challah.

Contact Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman at cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org for more information.


Location:
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL, 60660


Contact:
Cantor Shelly Friedman
cantorfriedman@emanuelcong.org
773-561-5173


Web Page

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Upcoming Events


Kid's Challah Braiding Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:30 PM More info
Ramah Family Fun Day! Sunday, July 9, 2017 11:00 AM More info
Family Night at Max & Benny's with BJBE Thursday, July 13, 2017 5:00 PM More info
Share Shabbat Friday, July 14, 2017 6:30 PM More info
Sunday in the Park with Bagels-Northshore Sunday, July 16, 2017 10:00 AM More info