Families with Young Children

Families with young children - Come check us out!

There is always something happening at North Shore Congregation Israel for families with children ages 0-5. Introduce young children to the celebration of Jewish Life through our interactive happenings for toddlers and their families. Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities for families to play, pray and socialize together.


PJ Library has come to North Shore Congregation Israel!

Click HERE to learn how to receive free, high quality Jewish children’s books and music for your 6 month-8 year old*.

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].

Strollers, Stories & Celebrations

Friday, December 15 - Chanukah, 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.

Havdalah Program for Families with Young Children

Saturday, January 20, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Road, Northbrook 
Spend a Saturday afternoon with us! NSCI partners with JCC Chicago and jBaby for an afternoon of fun. Open swim, open gym, crafts and snacks. We will conclude with Havdalah. Remember gym shoes and a towel. Free and open to the community. Register at JCChicago/3rdSaturday or contact [email protected], 847-835-0724


Looking for more programs? Check out our 2017 Families with Young Children Program and Event Brochure!


To RSVP for any of these events, or if you have questions or would like more information about events and activities for young children at NSCI, contact Susan Ellenby, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected] or 847-835-0724 ext. 615.