Northbrook and Deerfield have, for several years, attracted many young Jewish families with quality schools, housing, recreational and cultural amenities as well as access to diverse congregations and a growing Jewish communal infrastructure.
Located four miles west of Lake Michigan, Northbrook abuts forests and lagoons on three sides at the northern edge of Cook County. Neighboring Deerfield is at the southern end of Lake County. Both communities are near the Tri-State Tollway and Edens Expressway and are served by Metra trains. They have viable business climates and a variety of shopping options including Northbrook Court, Deerbrook Shopping Center and other malls and individual shops.
While Deerfield and Northbrook offer many features conducive to a pleasing lifestyle, residents will also find ample opportunities for a meaningful Jewish experience. Start with synagogue affiliation. The two communities are home to numerous congregations representing every stream.
Jewish affiliation and education can begin at a young age with early childhood learning or pre-school centers at the Jewish Federation's Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook and at area congregations. A Jewish day school education is available at every level through the Solomon Schechter system. The Ariella Joy Frankel Keshet Day School for children with disabilities has one of its three locations at the Schechter site. In addition, there are afternoon and Sunday classes offered by congregational schools, as well as adult education sessions. The Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning, which offers a broad range of adult classes throughout the region, is headquartered in Northbrook.
The Weinger JCC programs for young children attract almost 1,000 participants in a variety of activities and programs at sites throughout the area. The popular JCC 'Z' Frank Apachi Day Camp is also located in Northbrook. The Center also offers an array of educational and recreational programs for adults.
Northbrook also is home to the gamut of Jewish Federation agencies. Jewish Children's Bureau Elaine Kersten Children's Center and its North Suburban Child and Family Counseling Center, The Child and Adolescent Institute, Eva Cooper Disabilities Program and The Center for Young Children With Autism. Jewish Family and Community Service has its North Suburban District office in Northbrook and Jewish Vocational Service has a Jewish Employment Network branch at the Weinger JCC.
In recent years, the Council for Jewish Elderly established a strong presence in the area with the opening of the Weinberg Community for Senior Living, which houses the Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living and the Friend Center for Early Alzheimer's Care, with its innovative interdisciplinary therapeutic programming in a home-like Jewish setting.