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Early Childhood Class Descriptions

Cryin’ Out Loud Music Class with Susan Salidor

JRC is thrilled to partner with jBaby Chicago and the magical Susan Salidor to bring you Cryin’ Out Loud Music Class for moms, dads, caregivers and tots aged 6 months -2 years! Join us for musical, magical fun! Together we will bounce, rock, sing new songs and honor old favorites, introducing the youngest among us to the joy of making and experiencing music together. Class will include 30 minutes of music and movement with Susan followed by 15 minutes of schmooze-time. *Masks and proof of vaccination are required for adults* Adults and their children will be spaced apart from one another.

Dates: 2/1/2022 – 3/7/2022
Day of week: Tuesdays
Time: 11:00-11:45 am
Location: At JRC
Fee: $45.00 (1 child), $68 (2 children)

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Happy Challah-Days with Carol Shukur
** There is currently one spot left in this class!**

Happy Challah-Days is taught by our Adult-Tot teacher Carol Shukur, who has over 20 years of experience teaching children. Bring your baby or toddler 6 months-2 years old to experience Jewish traditions in a warm, safe and nurturing environment. We will explore Shabbat and Jewish holidays such as Chanukah and Tu B’shvat, through play, song, movement and art.

Payment will be prorated for the last five classes 2/3 to 3/3

Covid-19 precautions will be in place during this class. Adults must show proof of vaccination and wear masks while in the building. We also have an air purifier in the room and we will have hand sanitizer as well as sinks with soap for handwashing.

Dates: 12/2/2021 – 3/3/2022
Day of week: Thursdays
Time: 9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Location: At JRC
Fee: $120.00 (1 child), $180 (2 children)

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3 to 5 Years


Taught by Janet McDermott and Kelly Lavan

Kulanu means all together! In the Kulanu class, children socialize, explore, and grow in an intimate community of learners. This unique mixed-age grouping fosters natural opportunities for leadership, peer learning, and collaboration. Our play-based approach is anchored in learning through self-directed discovery, experimentation, and problem solving. Emergent curriculum is developed in response to the interests of the group while also integrating Judaic values and traditions.

MWF 9:15 – 12:00
September 13 – June 3: $4500


Other JRC Programming for Young Children

So many opportunities to find community and to make lifelong friends

JRC’s early childhood programming spans well beyond our preschool walls. Join us for silly, fun, magical, Jewish experiences all year long. Experience Shabbat through a child’s eyes at our clergy led Tot-Shabbat services, sing, dance, explore, and create in our jBaby classes for tots and caregivers, let your imagination run wild with our Book Club for little ones, and bring a blanket and beach chairs for JRC’s Lakefront Shabbat!