Tikkun Chicago: A Multi Denominational Jewish High School Experience

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! 

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Our courses are offered on a trimester model and are offered throughout the year, not just one day of the week. 

Fall Trimester:

Exploring Jewish Life Through Film
Thursday Nights at Anshe Emet | September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 & 24

How do directors do it? What are theories and practices to making a film? Learn about the art of today's most popular films through a Jewish lens. 

What Makes the High Holy Days Holy?
Monday Nights | September 16, 23 and October 7
This online mini three-week course explores what makes our holy days holy and why are they called “high” holidays.

Walking the Walk: Hands on Social Justice Class and Volunteering
Sunday Afternoons | September 15, 22, October. 6, 20, November 3 10
Emanuel Congregation Director of Jewish Life, Tani Prell, focuses on social justice issues such as food scarcity and homelessness in our own backyard.  Why does it happen in Chicago and how can we volunteer to help.
*This course will be meeting at various locations to volunteer directly (locations TBD).

Sababba, Sabich and the Shuk: Modern Hebrew Language
Sunday Afternoons at Anshe Emet | September 8, 15, 22, October 6, 20, November 3, 10, 17, December 8, 15
New to Hebrew? Know the aleph-bet? Did you take Hebrew for years and years in elementary school? No matter your level, if you want to continue practicing and learning Hebrew, join us! The 10-week course will explore Israeli popular culture and will help develope your language skills.

Winter Trimester:

Sex in our Texts
Wednesday Evenings at Anshe Emet | November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, January 8
Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel. Explore our library from the Torah to the Talmud and everything in between. What are these texts in our Jewish library and what do they say about sex?

Drawing from Within: Art and Ritual
Thursday Nights at Anshe Emet | November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19 | Dinner served at 6:30pm in the youth lounge before class.
Calling all artists! Create your own tallit, Havdalah kit and Shabbat kit through silk painting, candle making and more! In this class teens will explore the use of ritual objects in Judaism and will create their own ritual items.  You will learn how to integrate your personal story through creating and personalizing your own set of Jewish ritual items.

Justice in the City
Sunday afternoons at Anshe Emet (incld. some site visits) | 12PM lunch follow by class from 12:30PM - 2:00PM  | January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 15 | 
This exciting course is a social justice philanthropy program run in partnership with JUF. Teens will dive deep into social justice issues in our community and will create grants for partnering organizations, helping to make a real impact.

Spring Trimester:

To be announced.



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


Tikkun Chicago Partners: