North Suburban Synagogue Beth El


“I just wanted to let you know that [my son] thought the chug was awesome last night.  He said the group of boys, teacher and crystal project were all great!” – CRS Parent

What is Chugim (After-School Enrichment) and What Do You Mean By It?

Chugim (plural of chug/After-School Enrichment) means group activities.

Our CRS’s core curriculum is strong; however, our parents wanted enrichment activities that would enhance the curriculum, something to increase their child’s enthusiasm about being a part of CRS. This is what chugim/After-School Enrichment provide. The chugim are a series of group activities designed to complement and personalize the students’ educational experience in an area of his/her choosing.

Chugim will be offered for one hour after religious school on Tuesdays OR Wednesdays, and includes dinner (which includes socializing and a blessings). Parents select the day and the season that works best for them. Each chug will culminate in a project presentation or performance.

Chugim Schedule, 5778 – 2017/2018


Chug 1A: Tuesdays, October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28, December 5 – OR…
Chug 1B: Wednesdays, October 18, 25, November 8, 15, 29, December 6

Chug 2A: Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 – OR…
Chug 2B: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14

Chug 3A: Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, April  10, 17, 24 – OR…
Chug 3B: Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, April 11, 18, 25

For Gimmel  & Dalet (3rd & 4th Grade)  Students

Game Shows

Judaism and game shows will be highlighted in this chug. Each week we will play a different game show, all playing with Jewish-knowledge questions. The game shows will be: Jeopardy, Family Feud, Hollywood Squares, Millionaire, The Match Game and Let’s Make a Deal. Jewish topics will include Hebrew, Bible, customs, prayer, holidays and more!

All Things Israeli

In this chug, students will explore the multi-faceted lives of Israeli families – from the military traditions, to the foods (burekas and hummus, for example), to the popular songs and music of the region, and other Jewish customs.  Students will even learn a dance or two! A perfect way to help celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday.

For Hey & Vav  (5th & 6th Grade) Students

Ritually Crafting

Each week participants will create a new ritual object for learning and/or use. From learning to tie Tzitzit to making an acid-etched glass kiddush, to painting “stained glass” panels that signify a meaningful verse of Torah, of Psalms, Pirkei Avot or other text. At our final session, parents and children together will create a decoupage wooden plaque with the traditional Parents’ Prayer for use at Shabbat dinner.

​Book Club and Reader’s Theater

For those who dream of making it big on Broadway, an interactive social group that will be actively involved in selecting, reading, and discussing Judaic-themed books, and in the process learning important Jewish values and middos. The last few sessions will be dedicated to creating an award-winning theatrical production complete with props and costumes based on the literature covered.