Registration for FREE trips to Israel this summer with Taglit-Birthright Israel: Shorashim!
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When: Registration opens on 2/3 for new applicants and 2/2 for returning applicants
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Spend 10 days in Israel this summer for free on the Ultimate Adventure With Israelis! All Taglit-Birthright Israel: Shorashim-JUF Chicago Community Trips will be departing from Chicago this summer, making it easier and more convenient than ever for you to get to Israel for free. 

Shorashim is the community trip provider for Chicago area young adults, ages 18-26, and the only provider with flights departing from Chicago. Every Shorashim group has Israelis for all 10 days, ensuring that your experience is awesome and authentic!

Registration for the free trip of a lifetime opens on February 3rd at 9 AM CST for new applicants and February 2nd at 11 AM CST for May, June, July, and August trips

In order to increase your chances of being placed on the trip of your choice, make sure to apply ASAP and submit your refundable deposit.

For more information on the ultimate adventure with Israelis, visit or contact Shorashim at (312) 267-0677 or

Know anyone else who is interested? Refer them here!

The Bar Mitzvah Bash
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Where: The NEW Headquarters Beercade - River North, 213 W. Institute Pl.
When: Thursday, February 5 | 7 - 10 p.m.
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Join the Back from Birthright Israel community and Chicago's 20 and 30 somethings at the hottest party this winter, The Bar Mitzvah Bash. Dance and play arcade games with us! Celebrate 15 years of Birthright Israel trips & those who became Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel. Mazel tov

The cost is $20 which includes 2 drinks, snacks, a DJ, photos and more. This event has sold out in advance for the past two years – don't wait to buy your ticket! Register online here.

For more information contact Sammi Cutler at or 312-357-4880

Special Needs in the Jewish Community: Helping Each Other Grow and Learn
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Where: Torah Learning Center of Northbrook, 2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook (Northbrook Community Synagogue Building
When: Sunday, February 8 | 1 p.m.
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The Sidney & Frances Avner Torah Learning Center of Northbrook and KESHET Present the Firth Annual Jack Ogron Memorial Program:
Special Needs in the Jewish Community: Helping Each Other Grow and Learn

PANEL DISCUSSION with local experts covering all areas of expertise and Q&A 
PANEL PARTICIPANTS: Brian Rubin, Rubin Law; Sherri Schneider, Family Benet Solutions; Abbie Weisberg, Keshet; Beth Wyman, JCFS; Allan Bergman, CEO of High Impact Mission Based Consulting; Representative, Community Alternatives Unlimited

RESOURCE FAIR to follow with dozens of local organizations and ancillary service for families of children with all types of special needs, from early intervention to adulthood 

This event is free, however reservations are greatly appreciated. Email or call 847.272.7255 to RSVP. For more information go to Call today to inquire about securing a table for your business or organization.

The Art of Parenting, Six-Week Course
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Where: The Living Room, Chabad Bucktown/Wicker Park, 1630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
When: Six Monday Evenings, Starting January 19 through February 23, 2015 | 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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A unique presentation of the Torah’s substantive wisdom on parenting, because all of us are either parents, children of parents, or both. Drawing on classic Jewish teachings, this course will lay out the foundations of a good parent-child relationship.

Each class will feature learning, discussion, multi-media and discovery. Each class will be edifying, entertaining, fun, thought-provoking and relevant to YOU.

Register, get the basic facts, as well as an overview of each class. Bring a new friend and both receive a 10% discount!

This course offers up to 15 CE credits from: APA, ACCME, CBBS, NBCC.

Rabbi Yosef Moscowitz
Jewish Learning Institute
Chabad of Bucktown / Wicker Park

Double Chai for Chi
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Where: Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave.
When: Saturday, March 7 | 6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.
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This year, Ron Levin will celebrate his 36th summer as Director of JCC Camp Chi. Under his leadership, Camp Chi has grown to become a premier Jewish resident camp in North America. Each summer, 1,500 children, from first-time and seasoned campers to children requiring special considerations, are warmly welcomed to the Chi campgrounds. Their weeks at camp are incomparable; their memories stay with them for forever.

On March 7th, the Camp Chi community will gather in Chicago for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration to raise a glass to Ron and announce the establishment of the Ron Levin Camp Chi Summers of Tomorrow Fund. We invite Camp Chi Alumni, community supporters, friends and families to come and share stories, see fellow campers and look back at what Camp Chi has meant to the Jewish community. It will be an exciting and moving celebration. 

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Career Moves @ JVS Chicago “Success Series Workshops”
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When: Ongoing
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"What’s in Your Toolbox?"

Being successful in your job search isn’t luck or magic. Whether you are an administrative assistant or a senior level manager, the skills needed to land a job are the same. In today’s economic climate the competition is fierce, and having the tools necessary for a modern and relevant search takes work and knowledge. Topics range from resume and cover letter writing to finding a career identity.

To register for of Career Moves events and workshops, please visit For more information call 847-745-5482.


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