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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724

The Goodman Center for Jewish Education

2022-2023 Classes

Choice - Meaning - Openness - Celebration - Joy


We are excited enrollment is open for the 2022-2023 school year. In response to what we have heard from parents and students, we have streamlined our class offerings and schedules. 
We remain committed to partnering with families in providing hands-on experiential learning that taps into students’ interests, talents and ways of learning to motivate them to engage in Jewish learning and living. 


Be certain to check out all the family Jewish learning and living experiences offered throughout the year. Visit our calendar to see the complete list of events, some for specific grades, and others targeted for the whole community. 

 

All grade levels are open to our NSCI member families. In addition, we offer an opportunity for families who are not affiliated with NSCI. Our YFC membership is an option for new families where the oldest child is in Preschool-3rd grade. These families may enroll in school for one year at 1.6x the tuition rate and participate fully in all NSCI has to offer. We'll get to know one another over that year and, if NSCI is a good fit, you'll begin regular membership dues the following year. YFC tuition is available only for one year and YFC families are not eligible for scholarship funds.

 

To enroll in school, click in the upper right corner and log into your NSCI account or contact Jennifer McKeag for assistance:

Contact Jennifer

 

Individualized Instruction at NSCI
Available for all 3rd - 6th grade students who require an alternative learning environment, either online or in person on Sundays or midweek. 

 

  Preschool (toilet-trained 3 and 4 year-olds)

 

Sundays, 9 – 11 a.m.
Preschoolers come for joyful, hands-on Jewish experiences, exploring symbols, rituals, customs, values and holidays through stories, music, art, food and imaginative play. 

Open to the Community! 

 

  Kindergarten and 1st Grade

 

Sundays, 9 – 11 a.m.
Classes are a mix of Kindergartners and 1st graders who “Dig Deeper” on units exploring Torah, Passover, Prayer and Connecting to Israel through hands-on experiential learning projects, the arts, music, books, videos, games, Hebrew through Movement and more.

 

  2nd Grade

 

Sundays, 9 – 11 a.m.
2nd graders explore community, synagogue, mitzvot (commandments) and holidays through hands-on experiential learning projects, the arts, music, books, videos, games, Hebrew through Movement and more. 

 

  3rd - 4th Grade

 

Sundays, 9 – 11 a.m. 
3rd - 4th graders come for our nationally renowned Camp@NSCI program. “Campers” interpret classic Torah stories through real-life questions and identify important Jewish values through video creation, visual arts projects, music, STEM, games and more. 

In addition to Camp@NSCI, 3rd - 4th graders choose one weekly session for Hebrew learning. They will be introduced to the Hebrew alphabet and vowels, learn modern Hebrew words and common “Jewish life” vocabulary, as well as the Chanukah blessings and Passover Four Questions. 

 

Please choose one of the following in-person Hebrew options:

  • Tuesdays, 4:15 5:45 p.m.*
  • Wednesdays, 4:15 5:45 p.m.*
  • Sundays, 11   12:00 p.m.

*Students who come on Tuesdays or Wednesdays participate in “chug,” our specialty program exploring Hebrew connected to Jewish holidays and blessings through art, cooking, games, STEM and other fun activities.

 

  5th Grade

 

Sundays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
5th graders come for two hours on Sundays.  During that time they have 1 hour of Jewish Studies and 1 hour of Hebrew.

 

Through project based learning (PBL), students answer for themselves what Israel’s responsibility is to its residents and the world, as well as what Judaism teaches about the students’ own personal responsibility to themselves, their family, community and the world. Students also learn to read Hebrew prayers from the Shabbat service, explore their meaning and answer the question, “Why pray?”  

 

  6th Grade

 

Sundays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
6th graders come for two hours on Sundays and have online Hebrew during the week.

 

Please choose one of the weekday, online Hebrew sessions:

  • Tuesdays, 4 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 7 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 4 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Through project based learning (PBL), students answer for themselves what Israel’s responsibility is to its residents and the world, as well as what Judaism teaches about the students’ own personal responsibility to themselves, their family, community and the world. Students also participate in a prayer experience to deepen their understanding, competence and comfort with the Shabbat prayers. 

 

Additionally, sixth graders sign up for a 30-minute small-group Hebrew reading class online to master prayers recited at a typical Shabbat and b’nei mitzvah service. 

 

Selah 
6th-12th graders 
Sundays, 11 – 12:00 p.m, & select Fridays, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Selah group members sing and/or play musical instruments under the guidance of Cantor David Goldstein and noted songleader and composer, Alan Goodis. Selah members help lead worship at select Shabbat services and the High Holy Days.

 

  7th Grade

 

Becoming a Jewish Adult
Tuesdays, 4:15  – 5:45 p.m. in person and 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. when class is online
Students explore Jewish identity by debating difficult ethical situations, modern day anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust from a uniquely Jewish perspective. Monthly, students study with our rabbis the national curriculum, “Moving Traditions,” which combines investigation of teen issues with Jewish sources and community building. 


Jr. Machonik (Teen Aide)
Sundays, 9 – 11 a.m., Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
7th graders are invited to serve as Jr. Machoniks, teen aides that help out in classrooms. Machonik training occurs on select Sundays from 11 - 12 p.m.

 

Selah 
6th-12th graders 
Sundays, 11 – 12 p.m, & select Fridays, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Selah group members sing and/or play musical instruments under the guidance of Cantor David Goldstein and noted songleader and composer, Alan Goodis. Selah members help lead worship at select Shabbat services and the High Holy Days. 

 

Please choose one or more of the following seventh grade options:

  • 7th Grade Class, Tuesdays, 4:15 5:45 p.m.
  • Jr. Machonik, Wednesday or Sunday
  • Selah, Sundays, 11 12 p.m.

 

  8th – 12th Grade

 

Dinner and Discussion:  Conversations about Today's Real Jewish Issues
Monthly on Mondays from 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.  This class includes dinner.

September 12, December 5, January 23, February 13, March 13 & April 17

Come for dinner, stay for the conversation. Each month we'll explore a different complex topic - from antisemitism to allyship, the environment, and more!  We'll learn, argue and form our own answers to that next time these questions come up, we'll have something to say.


8th grade Jr. Machonik 
9th - 12th grade Machonik (paid)

Sundays 9 – 11 a.m., Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. or Wednesdays 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.

If your student likes working with younger students and learns best when teaching something to someone else, they are invited to help Dr. Goodman and the teachers by being a Machonik on Sundays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. They are expected to attend monthly Sunday training sessions. 9th to 12th grade Machoniks are paid an hourly rate for their work.


 Selah 
6th-12th graders 
Sundays, 11 – 12 p.m, & select Fridays, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Selah group members sing and/or play musical instruments under the guidance of Cantor David Goldstein and noted songleader and composer, Alan Goodis. Selah members help lead worship at select Shabbat services and the High Holy Days.

 

Please choose one or more of the following 8th-12th Grade options:

  • Monday Night Class, Monthly 6  7:30 p.m.
  • 8th grade Jr. Machonik 
  • 9th-12th grade Machonik 
  • Selah, Sundays, 11 - 12 p.m.

 

Sun, December 4 2022 10 Kislev 5783