WE BELIEVE that each child’s voice is essential to the vitality of Jewish life.

We’ve made it our mission to pioneer, research, and advance an educational approach in which children’s Jewish learning is fully entwined with their growth as compassionate, courageous, connected human beings. Whether you are a family or community member, educator, donor, or academic — join the conversation. Explore, stretch, and contribute to The Institute for Jewish Enrichment. Welcome.

CULTIVATING JEWISH CHILDREN’S LEARNING

What we do.

FIELD SCHOOL

The Field School is our flagship school for Chicago-area families. It offers new direction for Jewish children’s learning by demonstrating the power of taking seriously the child’s voice in Jewish children’s learning.

EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT

We offer introductory and intensive educator development in both our framework and signature project process. We are committed to fusing theory and practice.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

The Institute drives creative thought leadership, changing the field of Jewish Children’s Learning. We conduct research and development in an educational process to raise the child’s voice in Jewish learning.

3 VOICES IN PERPETUAL DIALOGUE

Our innovation.

At its core, we see our educational approach as a perpetual dialogue of three voices — the child, their world, and Judaism — rooted in dignity for every living being. This dynamic interplay fuels every element of a child’s Jewish learning: from children’s interactions and what’s on the walls, to rhythms of time and choice of Jewish texts.  [ MORE ]

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SETTING THE STAGE FOR ALIVE JUDAISM

A values-infused environment.

Here, every element of a child’s learning environment speaks the values we hope will grow inside children. Every moment, everywhere they turn, children encounter language and materials and opportunities that build capacity to meet challenges, to think critically and creatively, to dialogue with compassion and conviction. The intentional environment affirms that alongside every human on this planet, children carry a powerful, sacred voice. [ MORE ]

I BELONG HERE

RELEVANT, ALIVE JUDAISM

CALM, BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL WORLD

A SPACE FOR CHILDREN

MANY LANGUAGES, ALL VOICES

5 POWERFUL STEPS TO REACH A NEW INSIGHT

Our signature process.

Our Signature Project Process invites children to wrestle with Jewish text to realize a new, personal insight that impacts self, others, and the world. Yetzirah — ongoing creativity through art — empowers every child to wrestle with ideas and express them in the child’s own voice. Here we offer a snapshot of our project process with the expanding perspective, increasing connections, and growing complexity that results. At the Institute for Jewish Enrichment, the process is the product. [ MORE ]

PLAY

Jewish text

listen closely to myself, the text, and others

OPEN

complexity

probe and ask wondering questions

FACE

burning questions

interrogate
dissonance

GRAPPLE

with project

refine and articulate ideas

SHARE

insights

celebrate and spark collective reimagining

FROM OUR FOUNDER, EDUCATORS AND CHILDREN

Late breaking ideas.

A four-year-old solemnly lights a Chanukah candle as nursery and older children look intently on.
Dec 18

At the IJE, we have a tradition of asking our youngest children…

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Nov 21

Another wonderful bunch of Special Days! Continuing our Special Day theme for…

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Nov 17

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) it is…

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