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! 

Registration is now open! 


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 with Filmmaker Deen Rosenberg
Thursday Nights at Anshe Emet | September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 & 24 | Dinner provided.

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 Online | 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. Log In information given after registration.

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 | Lunch provided.
New to Hebrew? Know the aleph-bet? Took Hebrew for years and years in elementary school? No matter your level, if you want to continue practicing and learning Hebrew, join us for modern Hebrew language class. *Hebrew is a 10 week course to continue language development.

Winter Trimester:

Sex in our Texts
Wednesday Evenings at Anshe Emet | November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, January 8 | Dinner provided.
Take a tour of the Jewish library with Rabbanit Leah Sarna as we explore a variety of texts about sex and sexuality. We'll look at Jewish writings from ancient to modern spanning three different genres: code, commentary and responsa.

Chosen Garb
Thursday Nights at Anshe Emet | November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19 | Dinner served at 6:30pm in the youth lounge before class.
What does it mean to be visibly Jewish in 2019? Over the course of millennia, Jews all over the world have utilized a diverse range of visual symbols to signal their identities to their communities and themselves. Drawing on Biblical, historical, and contemporary examples for inspiration, students will design and fabricate wearable objects that express their personal connection to their Jewish heritage. Projects will be student-led, discussion-oriented, and open to a wide variety of mediums.

Justice in the City
Sunday afternoons at Anshe Emet | 12PM lunch follow by class from 12:30PM - 2:00PM  | January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 15 | Lunch provided. 
Justice in the City is an exciting social justice philanthropy program run in partnership with JUF. This program will enable teens to dive deep into social justice issues in our community and to make grants to the organizations making an impact. 

This program is in a partnership with Jewish United Fund and is made possible in part by a grant from Jewish Federation's Fund for the Future and the David and Susie Sherman Family.

Spring Trimester:

Text Exploration with Tamar Cytryn
Saturday afternoons at Anshe Emet (following Shabbat Kiddush Lunch which all students are invited to)​ | 1:00pm-2:00pm | 
February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14

Topic TBA

Israel's Milestones and Their Meanings
Monday Nights at Anshe Emet | 7:00pm |February 3, 10, 24, March, 2, 16, 23 

Educator: Samantha Isenstein and special guest teachers from our community rabbis.
Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel's future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage Project series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.

Ma Nish What? Hebrew Through Current Events 
Thursday Nights at Anshe Emet | 7pm. | February 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April, 2, 9, 23 and 30 | Dinner provided. 
Explore conversational Hebrew through current events in Israel and the world.



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


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