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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724


We offer opportunities for young children and their families to celebrate holidays, learn about Judaism, have fun, and do mitzvot. Programming is planned to meet all the different ages and stages of young childhood (05). Every program includes a range of activities to meet children where they are in their Jewish learning and abilities. Our Instagram @nscitots features activities and experiences you can do in your home, out in the community, and at NSCI


Who can come to our programming?

Any family with a child 0–5. Events are open to the community! We welcome parents, grandparents, and any other caring adults to accompany young children to our programming. Whether you have already joined NSCI or are searching for your synagogue, come to one of our many opportunities for young families to play, pray, and socialize together! Our religious school meets weekly with children from preschool to 12th grade. Learn about our innovative and engaging approach to Jewish learning and living here.

We look forward to meeting you soon! In the meantime, check out our TOT Holiday resource page for everything printable and digital to entertain and teach your tot about the Jewish holidays.

Upcoming Tot Events

Unless otherwise noted, programs are FREE and Open to ALL. We ask that you please register in advance.

Growing Community

A JBaby and NSCI Tots Partnership
October 14th – March 9th (Second Saturday of each month), 10:00–11:30 am           


Join us at North Shore Congregation Israel for a chance to “grow community” while watching children blossom. Children will explore a safe, engaging, sensory-rich environment while caregivers have a chance to observe play, socialize, and provide support to one another. Based on conversation topics there will be opportunities outside of our meeting time to participate in two zoom calls with experts in topics like feeding, sleep and discipline. Register here.

**This class is best for babies who have not mastered walking**



Our preschool is open to both NSCI congregant and non-congregant families (space is limited). Preschoolers are toilet-trained 3- and 4-year olds. 


Sunday Preschool at NSCI
September 10th – May 5th, 9:00–11:00 am                                             

Preschoolers come for joyful, hands-on Jewish experience, exploring symbols, rituals, customs, values, and holidays through stories, music, art, food, and imaginative play. 

Tuition: $655/year for NSCI congregants; $890/year for non-congregants. To register, click here


Wednesday Evening Preschool at NSCI         

Semester 1: September 20th – December 12th, 4:15–5:45 pm   

Semester 2: January 10th – May 1st, 4:15–5:45 pm

Preschoolers and kindergartners explore Judaism and Jewish holidays through hands-on activities and play, using a Reggio-inspired curriculum. Every session includes a snack, a special (art, music, Hebrew, etc.), sensory activity, time to play, and a story. 

Tuition: $327.50/semester for NSCI congregants; $445/semester for non-congregants. To register, click here. ​​​​​


Daytime Morning Preschool Options

We are excited to offer another option for Jewish early childhood education on the North Shore. The Childrenz Center, a non-profit Jewish preschool, leases space from North Shore Congregation Israel. An independent entity, the Childrenz Center offers programs for children 16 months (mom-and-tot) through pre-kindergarten.  More information can be found on their website here.

find us online!

Instagram @NSCITots

A space to discover Jewish activities for home, out in the community, and at NSCI, for children zero through five and their families.

Tot Shabbat YouTube.

Check out our Totally Terrific Tot Shabbat archives for your favorite Tot services and stories.


PJ Library has come to North Shore Congregation Israel
Click here to learn how to receive free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music for your 6-month to 12-year-old child. 

URJ Resources for Families with Young Children
Click here to view this valuable guide.

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