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Early Childhood Class Descriptions

Register Now for the 2022-23 School Year!

Registration is now open for JRC’s 2022-2023 Early Childhood Center! All Kulanu and Shorashim families receive a complimentary synagogue membership during the time that their children are enrolled. For more information about JRC membership, please contact JRC’s executive director, Micky Baer.

2 Year Olds: Shorashim (Roots)

Shorashim (Roots)

Age 2
Wed/Fri 9:30-11:45
Dates: September 14, 2022 – June 2, 2023
Fee: $3300
Shorashim are learning to separate from their grownups as they have their first independent preschool experience. We know this is a big step for both parents and children, and our caring teachers foster a gentle transition to ensure trust and confidence. We create a nurturing class community in which children grow and learn through play and exploration. Our Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum evolves from children’s interests and integrates progressive Jewish values and traditions. Our community Shabbat with JRC’s clergy each Friday is a favorite! Shorashim’s small class size makes this a wonderful first preschool experience for JRC’s children and their families!

3 to 5 Years: Kulanu!


Ages 3-5
Mon/Wed/Fri 9:15-12:00
Dates: September 12, 2022 – June 2, 2023
Fee: $4635
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 progressive Jewish values and traditions. In Kulanu we celebrate all the Jewish holidays through stories, music, and hands on experiences. Shabbat services each week with our clergy make the children feel connected to our larger JRC community.




6 Months – 2 Year Olds: Adult Tot
Fall Dates TBD

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: 4/5/2022 – 5/10/2022
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

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 Passover and Yom Haatzmuut, through play, song, movement and art.

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: 3/31/2022 – 5/19/2022
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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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!