Programs and Events

Here you are able to view information about programs and events at NSCI and in the community. Events are listed under catagories, in chronological order. Please scroll down to learn more about all of our exciting events and programs.

Special Events and Programs

Save the Date - Legacy Circle Shabbat

Friday, July 28
The North Shore Congregation Legacy Circle will honor its members at a Legacy Shabbat on Friday, July 28. NSCI Legacy Circle members will be recognized at the service and be our guests for dinner and entertainment afterwards. NSCI Legacy Circle members will receive an invitation in the mail with the details. If you would like to join the NSCI Legacy Circle and be included in this lovely event, please contact Sheryl Cohen Solomon, Director of Development at or 847-835-0724 ext. 635.

Save the Date - Celebrate with us as we honor Rabbi Lisa Greene for her 18 Years of dedication to NSCI

Friday, August 25, 2017
Kabbalat Shabbat Service with dinner afterwards. Invitations will be mailed soon!


Adult Education

Midday Mondays

This year Midday Mondays will include mini-series taught in multi-week increments and offered at different times throughout the year. These sessions will be taught by Rabbi Greene, Rabbi Daniels, Cantor Goldstein, Dr. Goodman & Buddy Schreiber.

Six Day War: Celebrating 50 Years since the Reunification of Jerusalem - with Dr. Roberta Goodman
June July 3 & 10

June 7, 1967 was a remarkable day in history, part of the 6-day war, when Jerusalem became one city under Israeli rule. Come celebrate and explore the implications of this day with Dr. Roberta Goodman. Together we will explore the curriculum materials from Dr. Ken Stein’s (a speaker at NSCI this past November) Center for Israel Education (CIE) The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli, & Middle Eastern History.

Registration is required.  Please contact Lisa Goosmann at

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays through July 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Rabbi Geffen as we continue the study of Tractate Brachot. All are welcome. If you want to purchase your own copy of the Talmud translation we use for class, Koren Talmud Bavli, Berakhot by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, you can find it on

The Mourner’s Kaddish for Beginners with Rabbi Geffen

Tuesday, July 25 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
So many of us never learned to say the Kaddish, yet often find ourselves feeling awkward or embarrassed when at services or a shivah minyan unable to join in. Join Rabbi Geffen for an informative and instructive session on the Kaddish. This class is designed for those who DO NOT YET KNOW how to say the Kaddish.

Wise Aging

Alternating Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, beginning October 18
Co-facilitated by: Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi, RJE and Bev Shurman Lavitt, LCSW.

A special opportunity to find tools to navigate the challenges of aging as we find joy and meaning in our lives. This is more of a chavurah (group of friends) than a class. There will be opportunities to reflect on stories from your own life, to listen deeply to others, to study the Jewish tradition that venerates aging and its wisdom, and to experience the richness of the shared moment. Interested? Contact Bev at or Nina at


Youth and Family

Look for North Shore Congregation Israel at Sunday at the Park with Bagels

Sunday, July 16, 10:00 am to 12 noon at Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park
This free event welcomes families with young children to explore the Jewish calendar with hands-on activities. Advance registration encouraged. Click HERE to register. Questions? Contact Susan at or 847-835-0724.


Support Resources and Programs

Families Anonymous

Tuesday evenings, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Does someone in your family have a drug/alcohol/behavioral problem? Do you feel isolated, confused, or in need of support? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Beginning in 2016, North Shore Congregation Israel will be a host site for a weekly Families Anonymous meeting. Families Anonymous is a Twelve Step Program for people concerned about drug/alcohol abuse and behavioral problems of a relative. Please enter through the school-wing door on the North side of the building. Meeting is in the Kersten room on the first floor of the school-wing.


Travel Opportunities

Civil Rights Journey: 8th/9th Graders + Parent Trip November 9-12, 2017 - Journey with Rabbi Daniels to America’s Deep South!

Join us for this this once-in-a-lifetime experience for you to learn and travel with your child. Questions? Contact Rabbi Daniels: or 847-835-0724.

Family Israel Trip led by Rabbi Greene: December 21-31, 2017

Questions about theitinerary and cost or other details of the trip?
Contact Lisa Goosmann, 847-835-0724 or

NSCI Teen Israel Trip with Rabbi Daniels: December 21-31, 2017

Teens and their parents are invited to join us for this fabulous opportunity to see, taste and explore Israel with friends and classmates! Questions? Contact Rabbi Daniels: or 847-835-0724.


Tikkun Olam

Adult Mitzvah Corps

Join our Adult Mitzvah Corps, where men and women congregants have fun volunteering during the week. Feel free to join us every time or just once in awhile.

On Monday, July 17 we will shelve food at The ARK, 6450 N. California, Chicago from 1:oo pm - 2:30 pm. Carpooling is available.For more information about signing up, please contact Tracey Meyers at 847-242-1234.

Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Lunch and Dessert Making

Tuesday, July 25, 4:30 pm
NSCI Families: Come after camp & help feed the hungry. We’ll make lunches and decorate desserts for the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen. Each family will be asked to bring items for lunch/dessert making. RSVP to Leslie Rosen, We will assign you specific lunch items.

Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Serving

Wednesday, July 26, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Families will cook and serve at the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen in Evanston. Do this family mitzvah! Involves food shopping, cooking and serving, and welcoming Soup Kitchen guests. Children must be 7 or older. Space is limited. To sign up, contact Karen Silbar,, 847/433-5887.

Feed the Homeless

Ongoing dates through May
One Sunday a month for nine months each year, the Feed the Homeless Program feeds 750 members of the Chicago community. Volunteers from the congregation give their time participating in a meticulously planned food operation that, in just one day, produces meals for 10 Chicago-area social service organizations. Click HERE for more information and to register for an upcoming date. Questions? Contact Dave Rothschild at

Cookies from the Heart

Calling all bakers and mitzvah enthusiasts! Seeking 6-8 volunteers to bake homemade cookies for children & families residing at Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital one Wednesday a month. Bring ingredients to make your favorite cookie recipe and joins us in Ronald McDonald House’s kitchen. Carpooling from NSCI is available. For more information and to RSVP, contact Lois Davis, for more information.