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About the Jewish Enrichment Center

At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children become storytellers of the Jewish past and future. They draw from a continuous exploration of traditional Jewish texts and ideas, from their observations of the values of their communities, and from their personal experiences and intuitions. Their storytelling languages are the multi-media “hundred languages of children” of the Reggio-Emilia …

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Educational Approach

Partnership: What It’s All About At the Jewish Enrichment Center, we partner with children in Jewish exploration. Principles from the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and from project-based learning help the Jewish Enrichment Center meet our commitment to partnership. Reggio Emilia is an approach to early childhood education which views every child as powerful, resourceful, and capable of …

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The Big Shift

We have created something groundbreaking: a model of Sunday and after-school Jewish education where children become co-creators of a compassionate, meaningful, authentic, and personal Judaism. Far from struggling to find meaning in a static Jewish tradition, our children celebrate and confidently shape their Jewish beliefs, values, and practices. Our children don’t struggle to reconcile their …

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Mission and Values

The Jewish Enrichment Center is pioneering a progressive model of Jewish community and learning for children and families, rooted in empathy, text study, and creative expression. Values: כבוד   KAVOD {Dignity} : The Jewish Enrichment Center believes children are capable, imaginative, and desire connection with each other and the world. Our educational approach makes it possible …

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A Day in the Life

Arrival On weekday afternoons, we support children in making a relaxing transition from school-day to the Jewish Enrichment Center. Younger children might run and play in mischakim (Hebrew-based movement games), and then hear a story during z’man sheket (quiet time) before kibud (snack). Older children might settle in to some quiet reading or drawing independently …

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How We Do It

Themes and Projects Our curriculum makes it possible for each child to determine their own relationship with Judaism. As children engage in deep and creative exploration of Jewish texts and ideas, we prioritize children’s questions, and together, design a long-term project that lets them wrestle with their biggest questions. All children ages 3-13 explore the …

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Who’s in our Community

Our community is made up of many different kinds of families. What we share is a commitment to supporting our children’s learning, growth, and joyful and empowered Jewish identities. We celebrate the unique backgrounds, stories, and perspectives of each family in our program, and we know that each member of a child’s family is an …

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Meet Our Team

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FAQ

What is the Jewish Enrichment Center? The Jewish Enrichment Center is an innovative after-school and Sunday Jewish education program based in Hyde Park, Chicago, that is beginning to share its groundbreaking model of Jewish education with programs throughout the country. Our community is founded on empathy, collaboration, and creative exploration of Judaism. What Jewish denomination …

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