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Kehillah Early Childhood Program


Kehillah is for the Littlest Learners Too! (And their parents)

JRC is committed to offering year-long opportunities for families with young children to forge connections and build community. Programs include weekly Adult-Tot classes (on weekdays and Shabbat), 3 – 5 year old drop-off Kehillah class, Littles at the Lakefront, Tot-Shabbat, plus intergenerational and family programs that bring Jewish stories to life through immersive theater and imaginative play.

* Denotes Free Program No Registration Required




Kehillah Katana Shabbat Adult Tot

Saturdays 9:30 am – 10:45 am
12 months – 2 years (through 36 months)
Register through jBaby, three 8-weeks sessions 

Through sensory experiences, music, movement, art, puppet-play, and more, tots and their caregivers will experience what makes Shabbat so special! Meet other grown ups and be a part of our community!


Kehillah Pre-K Drop-Off

Saturdays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
3 – 4 years by September 1, 2023

This Kehillah (Religious School) class is specifically designed for the littlest learners, with fun, developmentally appropriate, project-based and hands-on curriculum led by an experienced early childhood educator. Membership is not required to enroll in this class, but we welcome your family to fully participate in all aspects of JRC’s community.


*Tot Shabbat

Gather in community at our delightful monthly Tot-Shabbat and Stay & Play! No registration necessary. Come for the fun, songs, and stories, and stay for the coffee, treats, and adult company! Through the summer we bring our Tot-Shabbat to the Evanston Lakefront on select Friday evenings.


*Immersive Theater Jewish Holiday Programs

We are thrilled to introduce four new intergenerational family programs to JRC this year led by K’ilu! With the belief that the best way to foster Jewish identity in young children is through harnessing their natural superpower: creative play, K’ilu brings Jewish stories to life through immersive theater and imaginative play. Check out our calendar for dates and details. No cost to participate.



Young Family Engagement

There are so many ways to be a part of the JRC community. Join our Early Childhood WhatsApp group to be in touch about impromptu playdates and JRC happenings, sync our early childhood calendar with your own personal calendar to always be in-the-know, attend JRC’s Community Kallah retreat, join us with or without kids for any service or activity that seems interesting! Email for more information.