School of Jewish Studies (SJS)

School of Jewish Studies (SJS)

Am Yisrael School of Jewish Studies (SJS) At A Glance

Welcome to Am Yisrael School of Jewish Studies (SJS).  Our Mission Statement, Guiding Principles and Learning Goals are at the center of everything we do at Am Yisrael SJS. These core elements of SJS can be accessed by clicking here.

All SJS classes are be meeting in-person following safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks and distance are required. Classes are available via Zoom as well.  The CDC is now recommending that everyone, regardless of their vaccine status, wear a mask indoors in public places again. More specifically, Cook County has now joined the counties where this recommendation takes effect.  Masks are required indoors in our buildings for SJS.  This applies to everyone who comes into the buildings, regardless of vaccine status.

Each class in our School of Jewish Studies has its own webpage. From each website you can access our schedule of classes, class summaries, materials and resources, our school calendar and teacher bios. All of this information can be accessed in the links below, from youngest to oldest students.

Meeting the needs of each and every one of our learners is essential. Parents who have students who learn differently should contact our Head of School, Mr. Charlie Sherman: 847-708-1805 (mobile phone).

Grade Levels

Torah Tots with a Twist (Early Childhood)

  • Sundays, 9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mechina – Gan (3.5-6 years)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Alef/Bet (1st & 2nd Grades)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Gimel (3rd Grade)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Dalet (4th Grade)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Hei (5th Grade)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Vav & Zayin (6th & 7th Grade)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

8th-12th Grades

  • Classes are offered on Sundays from 9:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Madrichim Positions are on available on Sundays, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. and Shabbat mornings 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Family Shabbat Services

Mr. Charlie Sherman and Mr. E. Marc Nevins co-lead a family-friendly, spirited prayer service.  Rabbi Newman Kamin delivers a D’var Torah.  Torah Chanting is one of the core components of Family Shabbat Services.  We have dozens of students and their family members who have chanted verses of Torah at Family Shabbat Services and on Torah-based Jewish holidays over the years.  Please click here for logistic details.

As taken from our guiding principles of the school:

“Virtues and values are of central importance to everything we do at our school. The way we act; who we are; what we stand for; how we respond; how we view life and the world around us; our personal qualities, attributes and traits—all these reflect the degree to which we embrace our Jewish values.”

Updated 11-12-2021   8 Kislev 5782