Young Family Programming

Young Family Programming

For families with young children (1st grade and younger), we offer programs focused on playing, exploring, making new friends and so much more. From Friday night Shabbat programs (Jeans and Jammies) to Saturday afternoon playdates and holiday celebrations, there are so many ways to get involved and join our community. We invite you to join in one of our programs and give us the opportunity to experience all that our young family has to offer. To learn about upcoming programs, get added to our email list, or to introduce yourself, email Sarah Topal, Director of Youth & Family Engagement at  

Shabbat Services

Tot Shabbat Services – These services are for children in 1st grade and younger with their families. They take place at 11:00 am on Saturday mornings in the youth lounge or outside (in the summer).  Contact Sarah Topal, Director of Youth & Family Engagement, at with questions.

Get Connected

Community and Other Resources

  • JUF Young Family – JUF Young Families brings families together to explore traditions, celebrate holidays and milestones, build community and toward a kind and just world. They work to help families find connection within the Jewish community of Chicago. From Jbaby Chicago to JUF Right Start, there are additional resources available to you.  
  • PJ Library – PJ Library sends families with children ages 6 months – 8 years high quality, age-appropriate Jewish books and music for FREE with absolutely no strings attached. Space in limited and the program already filled up once! To learn more and sign up, please visit or call (312) 357-4831. *PJ Library was created the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is a gift to your family from the Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, local donors and your local early childhood Jewish educators.