Holiday Celebrations for Children

Children of all ages (and their parents and grandparents) enjoy hearing holiday stories, singing holiday songs, learning holiday traditions, and, of course, tasting holiday foods. Join the Kol Hadash community for children-friendly Jewish celebrations held throughout the year. Parents, grandparents and guests are always welcome! All holiday celebrations are free, except where indicated.  

Our whole school—students, teachers, and families—come together to celebrate major Jewish holidays as well as to enjoy special programs on Jewish culture.

Rosh Hashana Family Service

North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL
Monday, September 10, 2018
1:00 PM
A wonderful way for families to celebrate together in a relaxed and child-friendly atmosphere. Intended for families with children ages 5-12 (and parents/grandparents), but younger children are very welcome — we have a high noise tolerance! Childcare is available during the 10:30 am Adult Morning Service; families can then join us for lunch during our extensive oneg and stay for the Family Service.
 

High Holidays for Tots

Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 11:00 AM
Please the use east parking lot and entrance, around the back of the school
A fun way to sing, dance and play our way into the Jewish New Year! Intended for families with children ages 0-5 (and parents/grandparents).
 

Yom Kippur Family Service

North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
1:00 PM
 
A opportunity to reflect on the Jewish New Year together. Intended for families with children ages 5-12 (and parents/grandparents), but younger children are very welcome — we have a high noise tolerance! Childcare is available during the 10:30 am Adult Morning Service. If you need lunch suggestions for your children, we can provide a list of quick and easy local eateries so you can join us again at 1:00 for the Family Service.
 

Family Sukkot Celebration

North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL
Sunday, September 30, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
At Kol Hadash our celebration begins outdoors, where we gather in and around our sukkah, sharing stories, singing songs and passing the lulav (bundle of 3 varieties of tree branches) and etrog (citron fruit). Then we move the festivities indoors, with a potluck dinner.

Hanukkah Celebration and Luncheon

Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
Sunday, December 2, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Please the use east parking lot and entrance, around the back of the school
 
 
All are welcome to join the party! We provide the main course, and each family brings a side dish, salad or dessert to share and their own menorah (candles provided). Advance registration is required and there is a small fee to cover the cost of lunch.
 

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
Sunday, January 20, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Please the use east parking lot and entrance, around the back of the school
 
A wonderful celebration of the cycling of the seasons, our connections to the natural world, and a delicious variety of foods. Intended for all ages.
 

Purim Service & Carnival

Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
Sunday, March 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Please the use east parking lot and entrance, around the back of the school
 
A grand time dressing in costume, playing games, eating delicious hamantaschen (holiday pastries) while celebrating the triumph of good over evil in the biblical tale of Queen Esther. Nominal cost for carnival tickets. Intended for all ages.

Sunday School Passover Seder

Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
Sunday, April 14, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Please the use east parking lot and entrance, around the back of the school
 
A fun and casual setting for children to learn about Passover's interesting history, customs and special foods. Intended for all ages
 

Storytimes for Young Children & Families

See seven different Jewish holidays come alive for your children with stories, songs, and activities led by  Rabbi Adam Chalom and Education Director Dawn Friedman. Storytimes are intended for children ages 0-2 (older children welcome) and are held at different local bookstores and other convenient neighborhood locations. All programs are free of charge. Full schedule. For more information on any of these upcoming events, please visit jBaby Chicago, or contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at info@KolHadash.com, or 847/383-5184.

 
 
 
 
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All programs are free of charge. Storytimes are sponsored by JBaby Chicago. RSVP for storytime on JUF's website. For more information, contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at info@KolHadash.com, or 847/383-5184.

 

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