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

Sweet 18! Celebrate with us as we Honor Rabbi Lisa Greene for her 18 Years of Service to NSCI

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service with Celebratory Dinner Following Services. Adults: $36 Children 5-13: $18 Children under 5: Free.

Click HERE to register for this event. 
Confidential assistance available by calling Amy Mallor at 847-835-0724.

Click HERE to make a donation honoring Rabbi Greene.

"My name is Mohammad: An Israeli Story"- Brunch and Conversation with Mohammad Zoabi

Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Rosenthal Family Gathering Place
Mohammad Zoabi is a member of one of Israeli's largest and most influential Arab Muslin families. In 2014, after three Israeli teens his age were kidnapped by terrorists in the West Bank, Mohammad posted what became a viral video calling for their release. Learn about the hatred, threats, and isolation he faced as a result, and why he still speaks out for Israel, coexistence, and democracy in the Middle East. This event is free but you must RSVP at 847-835-0724 or [email protected]. Co-sponsored by Stand With Us.  

2017 Shabbat B’que

Friday, September 1, 4:30 pm Family Shabbat B’que followed by Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm
An Event for the Entire Congregation - Families can meet their Religious and Hebrew School teachers! Enjoy hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, French fries, hot dogs, and all fixings. We’ll even have fun games for kids! Then stay for Kabbalat Shabbat service - weather permitting we will be outside on The Lillian and Larry Goodman Terrace overlooking the lake. Dinner: $36 per family or $15 per individual. Prospective and new members are our guests! Please RSVP by August 25. Click HERE to register online. Questions? Please contact Jacki Sundheim at [email protected], 847-835-0724.

The Great NSCI Challah Bake

Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm in Rebecca K. Crown Social Hall 
Ever made challah? Never made challah? Come make challah with us! Step by step challah baking directions provided. Fun and festive! Each family or individual will go home with their own dough to bake. All ages are welcome (for those with children, it’s recommended for 2nd grade and up). Pizza and Salad dinner will be served during dough rising time RSVP by Thursday, August 31. $18 per family. Questions? Contact Jennifer McKeag, [email protected] Brought to you by the Goodman Center for Jewish Education and the Women of 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

Rabbinic Roots of Jewish Repentance

Mondays, August 28 and September 11 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“For the sins of a human against God, the Day of Atonement atones. But for the sins of one human against another, the Day of Atonement does not atone until they have made peace with one another.” As we approach the season of repentance with the High Holy Days, join Rabbi Geffen for a focused, 3-session class on the rabbinic roots of Jewish repentance as depicted in the Talmud and in Maimonides’ Hilchot Teshuvah/The Laws of Repentance.

The Mindful or Mindless Life – High Holy Day Series

Wednesdays, August 23 - September 13 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Are you searching for deeper meaning in your life and in the world? Through our experience of ancient Jewish spiritual teachings, we can strengthen our capacity to live with awareness, generosity and compassion. Join Rabbi Geffen in the profound and spiritually uplifting practice of study and contemplative practice surrounding the High Holy Days with traditional Jewish teachings that will make you think differently about yourself, your relationships, and your world. Each session will include study and discussion, meditation, and chanting. No experience necessary. The only requirement for the class is a willing heart and open mind.

Midday Mondays - with Buddy Schreiber “Who is this guy God, anyway?”

September 11, 18, & 25 11:30 am
A look at the evolving changes in Jewish belief in God over the centuries. From Abraham to modern day thinkers in the world today.

Girl Drama

6th - 8th grade parents: Sunday, September 24, 9:15 am, 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].

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays, September 25 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

Legacy Letters Evening Classes – New Fall Session!

Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Legacy Letters are about the life lessons and values that made you who you are today, and passing on those lessons and values to the next generation. It is how you wish to be remembered. Join us in a new class that will guide you, step by step, with easy to understand handout material throughout the five week session. Carole Mark Gingiss has successfully taught many students to craft their message. She will share examples of old and modern Legacy Letters, also called Ethical Wills, and give students the tools to create their own lasting treasure for their loved ones. The class is for any age, wherever you are in life. Legacy Letters can be written to a spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or friends. Your letter can be distributed immediately after it’s written, sometime later, or attached to your Last Will and Testament. How do you want to be remembered? Write your Legacy Letter and let your loved ones know.  Curious? Talk to Rabbi Greene, [email protected] or contact Carole Mark Gingiss, [email protected]. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Please contact Lisa Goosmann at [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

Strollers, Stories & Celebrations

Friday, September 8: High Holy Days, 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. 

Shabbat Enrichment Class

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. Four year olds attend 10:00 am -11:30 am, Three year olds attend 11:30 am - 1:00 pm September 15 - December 22. $275 for 11 sessions Questions or to register, contact Susan Ellenby, [email protected].


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: [email protected] or 847-835-0724.


Tikkun Olam

NSCI’s Back-to-School Mitzvah Event: Operation Backpack

Sunday, August 27, 9:00 am-11:00 am
Join us for Operation Backpack to benefit students at Jordan Elementary Community School and to pack school supplies for students at Nicholson Technology Academy. Meaningful for all ages & stages! To RSVP click HERE Questions? Contact Rabbi Daniels: [email protected] or Lisa Goosmann: [email protected], 847-835-0724.

Cookies from the Heart at Ronald McDonald House

Do 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: September 13, 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.

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].