PJ Library Shabbat Across Chicago

Join PJ Library as we journey throughout Chicagoland to celebrate Shabbat at a different synagogue each month. Each Shabbat experience will feature hands-on interactive activities especially designed for families with preschool aged children including crafts, music, dancing, theater, and of course PJ stories. PJ Library invites your family to celebrate Shabbat with us!

October

10/28 - Sukkat Shalom, Wilmette

November

11/03 - Northbrook Community Synagogue, Northbrook

11/11 - Congregation Solel, Highland Park

December

12/01 - North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe

12/02 - Congregation Or Shalom, Vernon Hills

12/16 - Chicago Loop Synagogue, Chicago



Looking for more Tot Shabbats?

The following is a list of Tot Shabbat programs in the Chicago area that are open to families who are not currently members. JUF Young Families and PJ Library hope this list helps your family to find a Shabbat experience right for you. Please contact congregations directly for any additional details.

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Sinai Preschool


15 W. Delaware
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-867-7000
Email: fkatz@chicagosinai.org
Website: chicagosinai.org
Contact: Fern Katz

 This music filled service will be conducted in our Chapel by one of our rabbis and is ideal for children under the age of 5 years.  Joel Frankel will be sharing his music and songs. Dinner and entertainment in the social hall will immediately follow service. Please check the temple's website for upcoming dates. 

Emanuel Congregation


Shabbat-A-Tot
5959 N Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-561-5173
Email: info@emanuelcong.org
Website: www.emanuelcong.org
Contact: Shelli Aderman

Join Emanuel Congregation on the third Shabbat of each month for songs, prayers, stories, nosh and coffee for grown-ups, and arts and crafts for all! There is no charge to attend, and all are welcome. 9:30-11:00 am.  Please contact the congregation for upcoming dates.

Anshe Emet Synagogue


Shalom Shabbat
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-868-5139
Email: akarp@ansheemet.org
Website: http://ansheemet.org/
Contact: Amy Karp

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their parents, every Shabbat morning at 10am. Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush.  Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon.  Stay and hang out. 10-11AM every Shabbat.

Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation


Tot Shabbat
540 W Melrose St
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-248-9200
Email: shul@asbi.org
Website: http://www.asbi.org/

 Tot Shabbat is for children 2 and under with at least one parent.  It is an opportunity for children to learn basic liturgy and sing Shabbat songs in a warm and comfortable environment.  Each child has the chance to hold a tot-sized Torah.  10:45 AM - 11:30 AM in the ASBI Social Hall every Shabbat.  

Temple Sholom of Chicago


3480 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-525-4867
Email: tara@sholomchicago.org
Website: www.sholomchicago.org
Contact: Tara Patek

Temple Sholom Tot Shabbats are perfectly designed for families with young children! If there is a child in your family who is under 5, he or she will love celebrating Shabbat with stories and singing with our clergy and educators. When food is served, Tot Shabbats are $18 for non-member families. Please check temple's website for information about upcoming programs. 

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation


1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-924-1234
Email: lreeves@kamii.org
Website: kamii.org
Contact: Lauren Reeves

Tot Shabbat is a great introduction to the songs and ritual of Shabbat for families with young children! Ideal for infants and tots (0-3 years), we meet once a month on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am in the Chapel. Families are also welcome at our weekly Family Shabbat Service Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. Please visit our website for upcoming events.

Heller JCC Lakeview


2nd Fridays & 3rd Saturdays @ JCC
524 W Melrose
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 847-763-3603
Email: ljlevine@jccchicago.org
Website: http://www.jccchicago.org/shabbat
Contact: Lawrence Levine

Spend quality time with your family on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon with our community at JCC. 2nd Fridays @ JCC: relax and unwind from your week in a relaxed atmosphere.  We'll start with family friendly Shabbat songs, followed by a delicious dinner and family activity.  Open to the community.  Fee applies, must register by Wednesday prior.   3rd Saturdays @ JCC: Spend a Saturday with family friendly activities which may include: hands-on workshop, themed craft, snack, song session and Havdalah (a great way to end Shabbat, and welcome a new week together as a community).  Open to the community.  Free.  Advance registration is appreciated, but not required - walk-ins welcome.  Locations: Bernard Weinger JCC (Northbrook), Lake County JCC (Lake Zurich) and Florence Heller JCC (Chicago/Lakeview)..




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Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism


Toteinu
1221 County Line Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-432-7950
Email: agelman@lakesidecongregation.org
Website: www.lakesidecongregation.org
Contact: Allison Gelman

"Toteinu" is a Hebrew/English make-believe word. Take the English word "tot" and add the Hebrew ending "-einu" and you get, "Our Tots".  Join Cantor Davis for a fun Shabbat gathering for young children and their parents and grandparents. Toteinu is held on the 2nd Friday of every month, 5:30pm to 6:00pm

North Shore Congregation Israel


1185 Sheridan Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: 847-835-0724
Email: susane@nsci.org
Website: www.nsci.org
Contact: Susan Ellenby

Please contact the congregation for upcoming Tot Shabbat programs.

B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim


1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847-940-7575
Email: bjbe@bjbe.org
Website: bjbe.org
Contact: Sandy Robbins

Tot Shabbat at BJBE is a joyful hour of prayer, music, stories and a snack for our youngest members and their parents and grandparents.  One of our clergy leads an interactive and age-appropriate service, followed by snack, an arts and crafts project and storytime. Services take place the 2nd Saturday morning of each month, September, 2015, through May, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am.

CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM


3433 Walters Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-498-4100
Email: rabbiaverbach@BethShalomNB.org
Website: www.BethShalomNB.org

Every Saturday morning starting at 10:00 AM, we have a special Circle Time Shabbat service for our youngest friends. All are welcome. Singing, dancing, clapping, and toys! Following services is Torah for Tots (Babysitting) by licensed professionals, so adults can join the main service. Kiddush lunch to follow.On the first Friday night of every month, come experience the magic of Shabbat B'Yachad (Together). We begin by having dinner as a big happy family (there are lots of toys for the kids) at 6:00 PM, followed by three options for services. In addition to our main service is a tot service with songs and a lively story where we can sit in chairs or on comfy pillows. We also have a service for our elementary school age families with songs, learning, and some delicious treats. All followed by a communal oneg with brownies, fruit, and more.

Am Yisrael Congregation


Shabbat Morning Family Programming
4 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: 847-446-7215
Email: csherman@amyisrael.org
Website: https://amyisrael.org
Contact: Charlie Sherman

Join us for a morning of fun and engaging programming, beginning with separate age appropriate educational activities including lively songs, jewish stories and crafts, and spirited prayer. A highlight of our family service is hearing children as young as 5 read from the Torah. The program culminates with the entire congregation in the main sanctuary for closing prayers followed by a kiddish lunch. There is no charge for this program.  Please RSVP.  Check the synagogue's website for information about upcoming dates.

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El


B'yachad Family Services
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-432-8126
Email: adrumm@nssbethel.org
Contact: Ali Drumm

Please join us on Saturday mornings for B'yachad Family Shabbat for children in 1st grade and younger b'yachad - together with parents, grandparents and friends!  Playtime and singing begin at 10:45 am; services begin at 11:00am.  Special theme changes each week. Every Shabbat 11:00 am-12:00 noon

Beth Emet Synagogue


1224 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-869-4230
Email: kkaberon@bethemet.org
Website: www.bethemet.org
Contact: Kathy Kaberon

Come sing, dance, play and pray at Tot Shabbat! It's open to everyone. It's free and fun and includes a kiddush lunch.  Tot Shabbats take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am. 

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah


3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: 847-256-1213
Email: communications@bhcbe.org
Website: www.bhcbe.org
Contact: Linda Bouvilom

Tot Shabbat is a fun interactive weekly service for preschool to first grade children.  The lively service includes learning about Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and the Torah portion of the week.  Children sing songs, march with the Torah, play games and enjoy Kiddush with their friends.   Tot Shabbat is held every Saturday morning from 10:45am to 11:45am.

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC)


303 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-328-7678
Email: bsilverman@jrc-evanston.org
Website: jrc-evanston.org
Contact: Bonnie Silverman

Joel Frankel and Bonnie Silverman lead a celebration of Shabbat in music and movement for very young children.  We welcome everyone with a Bim Bom Shabbat Song at 10 a.m. and end with a juice and challah oneg snack before 11.  A great combination of original tunes and familiar chants in English and Hebrew.  Everyone is welcome and everyone can sing along!  Check the temple's website for upcoming dates.  

Kol Sasson Congregation


Shabbat Tots & Adults
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 773.749.1574
Email: lerubinlcsw@gmail.com
Website: www.kolsasson.org
Contact: Leah Rubin

We have an amazing parent led 'hour' of song and play for our youngest congregants. The Shabbat Tots and Adults is nestled within the children's free play as they explore age appropriate toys during adult t'filot in the other room. While children are welcome from 9:45 until the end of Shabbat morning t'fila, we invite parents to join their children for songs and stories together from 10 to 10:45 am.  Shabbat Tots & Adults is held every Shabbat mornings at 10 am.

Moriah Congregation


200 Taub Drive
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847-948-5340
Email: lkaplan@moriahcong.org
Website: www.moriahcong.org
Contact: Lisa Kaplan

Songs, stories, snacks and more! Led by parent volunteers...Mingle and meet new friends while observing Shabbat with your Tots!  Visit congregation's website for information about upcoming dates.

Congregation Hakafa


Held at our offices at the North Shore United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 409
Glenco, IL 60022
Phone: 847-242-0687
Email: conghakafa@hakafa.org
Website: www.hakafa.org

All young families are welcome to join Rabbi Elder and families with children ages five and younger (including parents, siblings, and/or extended family) for our fun and engaging Tot Shabbat.  Come sing, dance, hear a story, and pray together! Our fun 30-minute service is followed by a kiddush of challah, grape juice, and cookies.  There is no charge for this program and no RSVP required.  We hope you will join us!   Visit the congregation's website for information about upcoming programs.   

Congregation Solel


Pray 'n Play
1301 Clavey Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-3555
Email: cantorglikin@gmail.com
Website: www.solel.org
Contact: Cantor Vicky Glikin

Join other families with children 0-5 years of age for a fun, interactive "Gymboree-style" Shabbat program, featuring music, maracas, puppets & parachutes. Followed by a complimentary bagel brunch and playtime.  Older siblings are welcome to attend!  Come, sing, play, make friends!!  Please check synagogue website for upcoming dates.    

Temple Beth Israel


Shalom Shabbat
3601 W. Dempster St
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-675-0951
Email: info@tbiskokie.org
Website: http://www.tbiskokie.com
Contact: Andrea Blain

This program was created especially for families with children including tots through 2nd grade. Join us as we welcome Shabbat for special family friendly services. Dinner and Israeli dancing to follow.  Shalom Shabbat will be great fun, and we hope to celebrate Shabbat with you! $10 per adult; $5 per child; $25 maximum per household.  Check temple's website for information about upcoming programs.

Temple Beth-El


3610 Dundee Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-205-9982
Email: jhadesman@templebeth-el.org
Website: http://templebeth-el.org
Contact: Janice Hadesman

Please join us for an enjoyable introduction to temple and services for children up to age seven. Older siblings are always welcome to attend and participate. 5:30 pm - Complimentary Pizza & Pasta Dinner 6:00pm - Singing, Story, Prayers and Crafts. Please RSVP.  Upcoming Shabbats are on Feb 5 and March 4.

Temple Jeremiah


937 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: 847.441.5760
Email: Dina@templejeremiah.org
Website: www.templejeremiah.org
Contact: Dina Bauwens

Join us on the first Friday of the month for Tot Shabbat. We begin at 6:00 p.m. with a complimentary pizza dinner, followed by a 30 minute Tot Shabbat, and then crafts & snacks. Preschoolers and their families are invited to join our clergy on the bimah as we welcome in the weekly day of rest. This program gives our tots the opportunity to sing songs, listen to stories, and recite the Shabbat blessings. Bring your little ones for a fun, warm introduction to the joys of Shabbat. We welcome all tots and their families for this fun evening, taking place every month on the first Friday. We hope to see you there! 

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El


B'yachad Family Service
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-8900
Email: adrumm@nssbethel.org
Website: nssbethel.org
Contact: Ali Drumm

Please join us on Saturday mornings for B'Yachad Family Services for children in 1st grade and younger b'yachad - together with parents, grandparents and friends! Playtime and singing begin at 10:45 am; services begin at 11:00 am. Special theme changes each week.  Services take place every Shabbat morning from 10:45 am - Noon.

Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie


4059 Dempster St
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847 677 1770
Email: yona@skokiechabad.org
Website: www.SkokieChabad.org
Contact: Yona Posner

Children enjoy a program with beloved educator Mrs. Zeesy Posner, that includes davening, interactive games, snacks, and stories, as well as supervised play.Every Shabbat (Saturday) at 10:30 am

Weinger JCC/Northbrook


2nd Fridays & 3rd Saturdays @ JCC
300 Revere Dr
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-763-3603
Email: ljlevine@jccchicago.org
Website: http://www.jccchicago.org/shabbat
Contact: Lawrence Levine

Spend quality time with your family on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon with your JCC community! 2nd Fridays @ JCC: relax and unwind from your week in a relaxed atmosphere.  We'll start with family friendly Shabbat songs, followed by a delicious dinner and family activity (varies by location, open swim at Bernard Weinger JCC/Northbrook).  Open to the community.  Fee applies, must register by Wednesday prior.  3rd Saturdays @ JCC: Spend a Saturday with family friendly activities which may include: hands-on workshop, themed craft, snack, song session and Havdalah (a great way to end Shabbat, and welcome a new week together as a community).  Open swim at Bernard Weinger JCC/Northbrook.  Open to the community.  Free.  Advance registration is appreciated, but not required - walk-ins welcome.  Locations: Bernard Weinger JCC (Northbrook), Lake County JCC (Lake Zurich) and Florence Heller JCC (Chicago/Lakeview). 

Beth Tikvah Congregation


Tot Shabbat
300 Hillcrest Blvd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: 847-885-4545
Email: preschool@beth-tikvah.org
Website: www.beth-tikvah.org
Contact: Ellyn Weisz

Please join us from 10:30-12:00 noon for a energetic and fun Tot Shabbat. Feel free to bring the Grandparents and family to celebrate Shabbat the Beth Tikvah Tot Shabbat way! Spring services take place on  Feb 13, March 13, April 9, and May 14

Temple Beth-El


Shabbat Yeladim
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-205-9982
Email: jhadesman@templebeth-el.org
Website: http://www.templebeth-el.org/
Contact: Janice Hadesman

An enjoyable introduction to temple and services for children up to age 7. Occurs on the first Friday of the month. Siblings are welcome to attend and participate too. There will be complimentary pizza and pasta dinner at 5:30pm followed by singing, story, craft projects, age-appropriate prayers, and an oneg from 6:00-7:00pm.  Please contact the temple for upcoming dates.

Anshe Tikvah


Hawthorne School
200 Glendale
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: 847-917-7726
Email: Ros8080@aol.com
Website: www.anshetikvah.org
Contact: Rosalyn Wolfe

Rabbi Jury will lead the tots in worship and song, followed by a mini oneg.  5:30 p.m. worship, 6:00 p.m. oneg.  Tot Shabbat is the first Friday of every month.  

Congregation Beth Am


1370 Abbott Court
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: 847-383-5017
Email: rabbiprass@congregation-betham.org
Website: www.congregation-betham.org
Contact: Rabbi Prass

Join Rabbi Prass and Bradley Egel for a Shabbat program filled with songs, story and more. For families with young children (3rd grade and younger). Cost is a non-perishable food donation for our food pantry.  Everyone is welcome! Please bring your family and friends. Visit our website to learn about upcoming dates.

Congregation Or Shalom


21 Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: 847-362-1948
Email: tzivin@orshalomlc.org
Website: www.orshalomlc.org
Contact: Tanya Zivin

Introduce your child to worship at our Young Children's Service. Children with birthdays that month are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child in need. An Oneg Shabbat will follow service. March 17, April 21, May 19, at 6 p.m

Congregation Beth Shalom


3433 Walters Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-498-4100
Email: NWeiss@BethShalomNB.org
Website: bethshalomnb.org
Contact: Naomi Weiss

Family Shabbat: Join us as we welcome Shabbat with music and dance, a Shabbat story, and more! Special blessings for those celebrating birthdays. Two parallel services and stories to be right for children all the way through age 10, for a fun and spiritual Friday night experience. Bring yourselves, your children, your grandchildren, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors! *On asterisked (*) dates, leave the cooking and cleaning to us and enjoy a fun, family-friendly Shabbat dinner (cost of dinner is $25.00 per family - reservations required).  1st Friday night of the month: Feb 5*, Mar 4, May 6*, Jun 3 -Service at 6:45 /Dinner at 6:00 when occurs

Temple Chai


1670 Checker Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
Phone: 847-537-1771
Email: cschwartz@templechai.org
Website: www.templechai.org
Contact: Cathy Schwartz

A fast paced, interactive Worship experience geared for kids 6 and under, their parents and grandparents. March with stuffed Torah's, enjoy story-time and a mini Oneg with time to schmooze afterwards.  Visit the temple website for information on upcoming dates.

Lake County JCC


2nd Fridays & 3rd Saturdays @ JCC
23280 N. Old McHenry Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: 847-763-3622
Email: ljlevine@gojcc.org
Website: http://www.jccchicago.org/shabbat
Contact: Lawrence LeVine

Spend quality time with your family on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon with our community at JCC. 2nd Fridays @ JCC: relax and unwind from your week in a relaxed atmosphere.  We'll start with family friendly Shabbat songs, followed by a delicious dinner and family activity.  Open to the community.  Fee applies, must register by Wednesday prior.  3rd Saturdays @ JCC: Spend a Saturday with family friendly activities which may include: hands-on workshop, themed craft, snack, song session and Havdalah (a great way to end Shabbat, and welcome a new week together as a community).  Open to the community.  Free.  Advance registration is appreciated, but not required - walk-ins welcome.  Locations: Bernard Weinger JCC (Northbrook), Lake County JCC (Lake Zurich) and Florence Heller JCC (Chicago/Lakeview). 

JCYS Northwest Family Center


1700 Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 279-0900
Email: jwarshauer@jcys.org
Website: www.jcys.org/BuffaloGrove
Contact: Jamie Warshauer

Experience a semi-structured playtime and a first introduction to preschool while enjoying the security of having a parent or caregiver nearby.  Help your child take their first step toward preschool through story time, finger plays, playtime, songs, and arts & crafts, as we share the joys of Shabbat and other Jewish holiday themes throughout the year.  You and your child will experience our learning-through-play philosophy in our age-appropriate, fully-equipped classrooms, playground and gymnasium. Held every Friday morning from 9:15 - 10:15 am

Congregation Beth Shalom


772 W 5th Ave
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 961-1818
Email: kibbutzkatan@napershalom.org
Website: www.napershalom.org
Contact: Carrie Lapidus

TOT SHABBAT:  Come celebrate Shabbat with us in our story time inspired service for our youngest family members. Join us around the circle rug for finger play, songs, story, dance, and a few traditional prayers. Enjoy an Oneg of juice, challah, and a sweet treat afterward. Each month we will have a holiday or Shabbat themed craft and story. There is no fee for this program. Perfect for children ages 0-8.  Tot Shabbat is at 10 am on the third Saturday of every month:  June 18th, July 23rd, and August 20th.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FAMILY SHABBAT: The Young Family Services FAMILY SHABBAT will not be held in July, but instead we will have a "Shabbat Under the Stars" email Carrie at kibbutzkatan@napershalom.org for more details.

Congregation Etz Chaim


1710 S. Highland Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630-627-3912
Email: cec.admin@congetzchaim.org
Website: www.congetzchaim.org
Contact: Carol Meyer

Our once-a-month Tot Shabbat services are geared to families with very young children. The brief service, which begins at 6:30 PM, lasts about 30 minutes. The service, led by one of our rabbis and our congregation song leader, consists of a few prayers, Torah reading, a story, and songs. A special Tot Shabbat Oneg Shabbat follows the service. Visit temple website for upcoming Tot Shabbat programs.

Oak Park Temple/Glasser Preschool


1235 N. Harlem Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: 708 386-3937
Email: glasserpreschool@oakparktemple.org
Website: www.oakparktemple.org
Contact: Marci Sperling Flynn

We invite you and your family to join together monthly for a special Shabbat service for our little ones.  The service is designed to include simple prayers, songs and stories for Shabbat.  Following the service we will have an Oneg with treats to eat, quiet activities for the kids, and a chance for adults to socialize. Visit temple website for upcoming programs.

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