North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
About SHHS

About SHHS

Welcome to the Miriam and Bernard H. Sokol Hebrew High School. The mission of the high school is to provide a Jewish education to post-B’nai Mitzvah students (8th -12th grade).  The high school years are a time of intense intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth.  We believe that this is a critical time for students to continue developing their Jewish identity, deepening their understanding of our rich tradition, strengthening their religious commitment, and expanding their Hebrew knowledge.

Our program is designed to challenge our students intellectually by offering courses in

a variety of Jewish topics as well as courses in Hebrew language.  The program is complemented by experiential activities such as field trips, mitzvah projects, youth/school-integrated programs, and participation in synagogue-wide events.  We encourage the Sokol Hebrew High School students to fortify their relationship with Israel by participating in a teen travel program to Israel.  Non-Beth El students are welcome to participate in our program.  We welcome you to visit our vibrant high school and see all we have to offer.

For more information on the Sokol Hebrew High School program, please call our office at 847-432-8900, ext. 227 or email or

Dr. Alicia Gejman
Director of Formal Education
Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies

School Objectives

  • Advance the knowledge and appreciation of primary Jewish texts from biblical, Talmudic, Medieval, and Modern times.
  • Encourage a lifelong connection to modern Israel by teaching Conversational Hebrew and encouraging students to visit Israel.
  • Practice of rituals and prayers by celebrating the Jewish holidays and participating in Teen Minyan.
  • Nurture an understanding and appreciation of the tenets of the Conservative movement.
  • Continue developing a relationship with the synagogue clergy by studying directly with the Rabbis in classes such as Shabbat afternoon, Teen Mishnah Study, and the Rabbis’ Supper Club.
  • Participate in experiences that foster an appreciation of Jewish values of Mitzvah beyond the classroom.
  • Provide opportunities for peer interaction by participating in social gatherings and field trips.
  • Advance the development of integrated programming with the Youth Community – including CHUSY Regional Conventions and other related outings.
  • Prepare students to face the challenges of Jewish life after high school by providing College Bound classes addressing topics that are relevant to our 12th graders as they prepare to live independently