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New Saturday Jewish Religious School in Wicker Park:


We are looking to provide a convenient opportunity for Jewish learning in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area.


**Enrollment is open now for pre-K to 2nd grade**

At the Emanuel's Wicker Park Religious School we strive to nurture each student. Our experienced staff of teachers are dedicated to building Jewish knowledge, beliefs and values, actions, and a sense of belonging. The program guides our students to find their own Jewish voices, encouraging each child to discover their own Jewish questions.

One-Room Wicker Park class meets:

  • Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm. Grades preK-2.

Religious School Mission Statement:


The mission of Emanuel Congregation’s Religious School is to provide our students with a strong
foundation of Jewish knowledge based on learning Jewish traditions; understanding the history of Israel, both historically and in a modern context; and experiencing spiritual opportunities. We seek to cultivate within them a commitment to live according to the ethical and spiritual values of Judaism.

The curriculum is designed with the understanding that students attend Religious School as a means of
complementing the spiritual foundation of home and synagogue life. We strive for students of all ages
to discover the relevancy of Jewish learning to daily life, and through their education begin to make their own Jewish decisions with a foundation of knowledge and commitment.

Believing firmly that a Jewish education is a social justice education, our youth are immersed in curricula that allows them to become future leaders committed to creating good in the world. At Emanuel, our youth learn to carry on the Hebrew language, practice Jewish tradition and values, and see the role the Jewish community plays in creating positive change. Through this, Emanuel youth are equipped to be lifelong learners, Jewish leaders, and creators of change.

While equipping them with the knowledge necessary to grow in the Judaism, Emanuel’s Wicker Park
Religious School also functions as a home away from home for students. We hope to make every
student feel they are welcomed and loved and to leave knowing that they are part of a community.

Meet Mandy Herlich, our Director of Religious School

Mandy Herlich is thrilled to be the part-time Director of Emanuel's Religious Schools! A proud graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she most recently served for the past five years as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, Illinois. In addition to her professional work, Mandy serves on the leadership of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. She always looks forward to spending time over the summer in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, serving on faculty at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute.

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