The Jewish Enrichment Center is an educational approach that raises the child’s voice in Jewish learning. Children develop a personal relationship with Judaism, through in-depth, arts-based Jewish exploration grounded in Jewish texts, in a community of peers. Family and community are integral partners in children’s learning. For more information about our educational approach, click here.
Since 2011, we’ve run an independent Sunday and after school in Hyde Park, Chicago. The Jewish Enrichment Center is recognized nationally as an exceptional model of deep, relationship-based Jewish children’s learning. We provide educators nationwide with training and resources for creating joyful Jewish learning environments driven by children’s ideas.
At the Jewish Enrichment Center
The Jewish Enrichment Center is driven by children. Here, children ask questions that matter to them and dive into Judaism with friends in an environment that fosters curiosity, critical thinking, and empathy. Our creative, long-term projects let children express their ideas about Judaism in clay, blocks, dance, dialogue, and a hundred other “languages,” as part of the long tradition of Jewish conversation. As an independent Sunday/afterschool, we nurture many diverse and beautiful ways to be Jewish. For more information about who’s in our community, click here; and for example creative long-term projects, visit our gallery.
Full Service Sunday/Afterschool
Sessions offered Sunday mornings and Monday – Thursday afternoons, for children in nursery through high school. (Schedules and more information here). Infants and toddlers attend sessions with their parent or caregiver on Sunday mornings. Afterschool transportation from local schools available. Sessions include snack, quiet time, physical play, Hebrew learning, and Jewish exploration. Children in kindergarten and older attend at least two sessions/week. Jewish enrichment camp offered on parent-teacher conference days and at the end of the summer. For more information about camps, click here.
Want to learn more?
Contact incoming School Director, Sara Grossman (email@example.com) 773-669-5104, for more information and to find a time to chat.