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

Nachman Scholar Series Jewish American Theatre - with Playwright James Sherman

Mondays, October 16, 23 & 30; November 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Participants will read & discuss plays by 20th century American Jewish playwrights that speak to classic themes of the American Jewish experience. The instructor, James Sherman, has carefully selected each of the plays with an eye toward how the American Jewish experience is explored through the plays of American Jewish playwrights. October 9th's play will be Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Please read each play prior to class. (Please obtain your own copy of the first play, Death of a Salesman. Subsequent plays will be available for purchase during class.) Registration is required. There is no fee for the class itself, but there is cost for each of the plays, some of which are available in the public library. To RSVP contact Miriam, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724

Special Shabbat with Simchat Torah and Consecration Service

Friday, October 13, 6:15 pm 
Start at the end with us! All are welcome to our joyous Simchat Torah celebration during our Kabbalat Shabbat service, as we mark reading the conclusion of the Torah, and then return back to the beginning again. Join us in welcoming our youngest students as they begin their formal religious education through the ritual of Consecration. This service will also include October Birthday Blessings and baby namings of Brielle Rose Kol & Jackson Graham Blackman.  

Brotherhood Blood Drive

Sunday, October 15, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Take time to give blood at the Brotherhood Blood Drive! We need a minimum of 35 donors. You can schedule your appointment ahead of time to avoid waiting, or just drop by. Please RSVP to David Cohen at [email protected] so we can count you in. Sign up HERE and use Code: NSCI.

Cinema NSCI

Join fellow movie buffs for a film viewing. Each film will have a Jewish connection with a brief conversation led by Rabbi Geffen. Upcoming dates: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:30 am, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:30 am, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 11:30 am, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Open to the community. Light refreshments. RSVP’s encouraged to Susan, [email protected], 847-835- 0724. Please park in the north lot and enter thru the Education doors. We will meet in the Tross Family Education Center.


Adult Education

Chanting the Prophets (Haftarah Cantillation) with Cantor David Goldstein 

Mondays, October 16 & 30, November 6, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
This course is designed to provide the practical knowledge of cantillation for all of the Haftarah portions during the course of the year including Shabbat, Festivals (Excluding the M'gillot) and High Holy Days. Prior Torah cantillation study would be recommended but not required. RSVP to Miriam, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724.

Midday Mondays: Having Fun with Midrash! With Cantor Goldstein 

Mondays, October 16 & 23
Midday Mondays features mini-series taught in multi-week increments offered 11:30 am -12:30 pmon Mondays throughout the year. These sessions will be taught by Rabbi Lisa Greene, Rabbi Ryan Daniels, Dr. Roberta Goodman, Cantor David Goldstein & Buddy Schreiber. RSVP to Miriam, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724.

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays through December 11, 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

Puzzled about Judaism? Join us for an Introduction to Judaism

Mondays, beginning January 22 from 7:00–9:00 pm
Register now for this 18-week course on the basics of Judaism

Part of an interfaith relationship and want to learn more? Born Jewish, but it’s been a while? Interested in conversion to Judaism? Join us! North Shore Congregation Israel (sessions 1–9) 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022 Lakeside Congregation (sessions 10–18) 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. To learn more or to register contact Joy Wasserman at [email protected] or visit 

Girl Drama

3rd - 5th grade parents: Sunday, October 15, 9:15 am
Your daughter comes home from school upset and crying. You wonder…… What should I say to my daughter? Should I call the other girls’ parents? Is it OK to call the school? What will this do to my friendship with the moms of the other girls? What if my daughter is the one being mean? Why is this so hard? Parenting is a journey, don’t take it alone! This program will explore real life situations and provide tangible tools that you can use immediately in dealing with your daughter. Led by Rabbi Greene and Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW. To RSVP, contact Lisa Goosmann, [email protected].

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 [email protected] or Nina at [email protected].

Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys

6th - 8th grade parents: Sunday, October 29, 9:15 am, 3rd - 5th grade parents: Sunday, November 12, 9:15 am
You think you want to raise an “emotionally healthy boy” but what does that mean? What is emotional health? What should you do? Do you buy him dolls, teach him to cook? What if other kids make fun of him? Why does it feel so hard, and sometimes so wrong? Learn about the “man box” and what parents and community can do to break boys and men out of it. Led by Rabbi Greene and Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW. To RSVP contact Lisa Goosmann, [email protected].


Youth and Family

Shabbat Enrichment Class

Four year olds attend 10:00 am -11:30 am, Three year olds attend 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, September 15 - December 22
Join Early Childhood Jewish Educators at the Takiff Center on Fridays to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. Each week, students will enjoy games, stories, songs, craftss, and challah. NSCI clergy drop in to lead our Shabbat celebration. $275 for 11 sessions Questions or to register, contact Susan Ellenby, [email protected].

Strollers, Stories & Celebrations

Friday, October 14 - Simchat Torah, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Stories, songs, movement and more! Celebrate Shabbat & Jewish holidays with your little ones at our free monthly drop in program. his is a FREE event for children 0-3, and a great way to meet other local parents, grandparents & caregivers. Come to one or all Friday sessions. Light refreshments served. Open to the community. All are welcome. All Sessions are held at North Shore Congregation Israel. Please park in the North lot and enter through the Education doors. RSVP encouraged. Contact Susan, [email protected] or 847-835-0724. Click HERE to view the flyer and see all upcoming dates.

jBaby Wiggleworms

Saturdays, October 14 - November 18, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Spend Shabbat with jBaby Chicago & Old Town School of Folk Music at NSCI! This 45 minute class will include Jewish songs and dancing with your little ones and will conclude with Shabbat blessings and Challah. The class is best for children ages 0 - 24 month old and is a great way to connect with other families raising Jewish children in the North Shore. Register HERE or call Susan at 847-835-0724.


Goodman Center for Religious Education

The Jeffrey Lasky Memorial Arts weekend

Friday, October 27-29
The Jeffrey Lasky Memorial Arts weekend gives teens the opportunity to spend a weekend together working with an artist-in-residence to learn about both Torah and the arts - no prior experience necessary! This year's guest artist, Barry Goldstein, brother of Cantor Goldstein, is a widely known sculptor and visual artist. We'll start the weekend at the Milwaukee Art Museum then spend the next three days at OSRUI busy with fun activities, creative worship services, and artistic exploration. Click HERE to view the registration form for further information.


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: [email protected] or 847-835-0724.

"The Israel You Haven't Seen: Culture, Politics, Technology and more..."  with Patty and Rabbi Steve Mason- October 3-14, 2018 

Informational Meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 pm
Join us for this informational meeting at North Shore Congregation Israel on Wednesday, October 25. If you can attend the meeting, or cannot attend the meeting but are still interested in the trip, please RSVP to Sarah Duffin at [email protected] or at 847-835-0724. For more information, click HERE. Questions? Contact Rabbi Mason at [email protected].

Women's Israel Trip with Rabbi Wendi Geffen 

June 23 - July 1, 2018
Join Rabbi Geffen for NSCI's first all women's Israel Trip. Participants will explore, learn and connect to Israel and to each other, forging unbreakable bonds and unforgettable memories. Don't miss this incredible opportunity! For more information, click HERE. Questions? Contact Rabbi Geffen at 847-835-0724 or [email protected].


Tikkun Olam

NSCI Hurricane Relief - Caribbean, Fall 2017

Donate now 
In order to assist individuals in the Caribbean who are rebuilding after the most recent hurricanes, we are partnering with our contact, Keshia Thomas, who will be traveling to the region in the coming weeks to help with the rebuilding efforts. Please consider making a purchase from this list HERE to help. Questions? Contact Rabbi Ryan Daniels: (847) 835 0724 or [email protected]

Annual High Holy Day Canned Food Drive

Monday, September 18 through Monday, October 16
Help stock The ARK's food pantry by donating kosher, non-perishable food. Please place all donations in the large collection bin located outs

ide on the south side of NSCI's front lawn. Click HERE for a list of needed items.

Donation Drive for Cradles to Crayons

Monday, September 18 through Monday, October 16 
Please place the following items in the large storage container located outside on the north side of NSCI's front lawn: Gently used children's clothing sizes 0 - 20 & child appropriate adult clothing sizes S - M, Children's sneakers, sandals, and boots, Baby & Children's books, toys, arts & crafts, and school supplies, NEW safety, feeding, bedding, diapering and health supplies, and NEW socks, underwear and pajamas for babies & children.

Cookies from the Heart at Ronald McDonald House

Cookies from the Heart at Ronald McDonald HouseDo you like to bake cookies? What could be better than to have fresh homemade cookies awaiting children and their families upon returning from the hospital? We can make that happen! How does it work? Bring ingredients for your favorite recipe and join us one Wednesday a month at Ronald McDonald House: October 18, November 15 and December 20 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 6-8 volunteers are needed. Carpooling from NSCI is available. For more information and to RSVP, contact Lois Davis, [email protected] for more information.

Adult Mitzvah Corps

Thursday, October 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Target in Highland Park
Join our Adult Mitzvah Corps, where men and women congregants enjoy volunteering together during the week! We have more room for volunteers to join us as we shop for coats and assorted winter wear for Jewish Child and Family Services’ (JCFS) clients in need at Target. Clients are screened for their level of need and complete a wish list indicating sizes and items needed as well as style and color preferences. To insure client privacy, clients are listed by number instead of name. We will handle the shopping from the list of clients’ preferences, while JUF will pay for the purchases. To volunteer with Adult Mitzvah Corps, contact Tracey Meyers at 847-242-1234.

Feed the Homeless

Ongoing dates 
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 [email protected].


Support Resources and Programs

Nechama: A Workshop to Comfort the Bereaved

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Nechama is for grievers and their loved ones who have experienced a loss during the past six months. We will look at how Judaism lays the groundwork to provide comfort for the bereaved through the use of ritual and connection to other mourners. Participants will learn about the grief process, coping mechanisms, different grieving styles, and how to gain and receive support from friends and family. There is no cost to attend this program.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm 
Do you struggle with addiction? Do you want or need support? North Shore Congregation Israel will be a host site for a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. AA is an anonymous Twelve Step Program for people who struggle with alcohol or other substances. Please enter through the door on the Southernmost front side of the building. Meeting is in the Abe and Vera Cohen Family Room.