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, 5779 – 2018/2019

Choose Series 1, 2 or 3

Chug 1A: Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, November 6, 13, 27,  – OR…
Chug 1B: Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28

Chug 2A: Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19 – OR…
Chug 2B: Wednesdays, January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20

Chug 3A: Tuesdays, February 26, March 5, 12, April  2, 9, 16 – OR…
Chug 3B: Wednesdays, February 27, March 6, 13, April 3, 10, 17

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

JEWISH CELEBRATIONS – Discover Jewish holidays through our cooking traditions. We will learn about the meaning of the different holiday foods, and taste some! Limited to 12 students. First come, first served.

ISRAELI EXPERIENCE – Passport ready? Bags packed? We’re flying to Israel! Our six-week stay will include a hands-on study of a different location in Israel each week. We will explore the language, culture, art, and scientific and technological advances in Israel.

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

CRAFTING THE LIGHT – Let’s “bring on the light” as we explore the importance of light in Jewish life through a series of fun craft projects. This chug will bring light and fun into your day (and night).

JEWISH SAYINGS WITH A LOT OF FUN – How much do you know about the Sayings of the Fathers? Students will learn a little bit about these timeless sayings, and then play trivia. This chug will take place in different parts of the building, and will “explore” Jewish concepts and how they all relate.