School of Jewish Studies

School of Jewish Studies

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). For more on inclusion at Am Yisrael, please click here.

Grade Levels

Torah Tots with a Twist (Early Childhood)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Gan (3.5-6 years)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Alef/Bet (1st & 2nd Grades)

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Shabbat mornings one time per month from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.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 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.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 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.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 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.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 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.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, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m. and Shabbat mornings 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Shabbat Family Programming (SFP)

A golden opportunity for all of our SJS and Day School students and madrichim within our congregational family to spend quality time together. We encourage our 5th Graders and older to attend the main service via Zoom beginning at 9:30 a.m. and our 4th Graders and younger to begin in the learner’s service beginning at 10:30 a.m.  We will come together as a community to read Torah in the beginning of the 11 o’clock hour.  SFP will take place on the following dates in the 2021-2022 (5782) year:

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • Saturday, May 14, 2022

To learn more about Shabbat Family Programming (SFP), please click here

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.”

Revised 9-14-2021   9 Tishrei 5782