Tikkun Chicago Jewish High School

Contact Samantha Isenstein to learn more: sisenstein@ansheemet.org

 


About Us

Tikkun Chicago is an innovative, multi-denominational Jewish high school program that attracts teens from across the city of Chicago.  Participants build friendships and strengthen their Jewish knowledge through meaningful courses offered in a wide variety of content such as: Social Justice, Israel, the Arts, Text, and Hebrew.  Our flexible schedule and wide array of courses lean into the busy lives of teenagers and allow our students to explore topics that speak to them through a blend of classroom, online and experiential learning that inspires creativity, critical thinking and a deeper understanding of the world.  Tikkun Chicago celebrates ALL Jewish teens and is inclusive to students who are unaffiliated and those who are affiliated with any of the Jewish movements:  Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. We welcome you to experience this fantastic opportunity!

Tikkun Chicago is supported by the Breakthrough Fund:  An Innovation of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

What’s in a name?

Our job as Jews is to leave the world better than we found it.  “Tikkun Olam” (Repairing the World) is the Jewish way of saying, “there’s work to do, and we’re ready to do it!” So how do we make the world better?  If we’re committed to bold tikkun what tools do we need in our tool box?

Torah Study: Our sacred texts guide us and fill us with inspiration and a moral compass. Our program, at its heart, provides avenues of Torah study to Chicago’s teenagers. Tikkun begins with  immersing in the wisdom of our ancestors, Torah.

Identity: A strong and confident identity as Jewish young adults is vital.  Our program includes classes that focus on Jewish culture, Jewish identity, connection to Jewish people worldwide, and Israel.  Tikkun requires that we know who we are, and to whom we belong.

Action/Advocacy: Jewish Tradition teaches us to change the world now. We can only do that if we take concrete action to repair the broken places in our local and our global community.  Our program offers opportunities for teens to be of direct service as they practice volunteerism, philanthropy, advocacy, and activism. Tikkun mandates that we get out of our seats, roll up our sleeves, and do the hard work of repair.

Staff

Samantha Isenstein is the Director of Adolescent Education at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Sam attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she majored in International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East. After undergraduate studies, Sam went on to earn her Masters in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America’s Davidson School of Jewish Education. She has worked in a various capacities at JCC Chicago Camps, BBYO, and other synagogues. Currently, Samantha is the immediate Past President of the Jewish Youth Directors Association, the professional organization for Jewish youth staff working in the Conservative Movement. When Samantha is not working, she loves spending time in the outdoors and visiting national parks. Sam lives in Chicago with her husband, Brian and son Micah, her daughter Ilana and their dog, Jerry.