Secular Jewish Community
Teaching and celebrating
Jewish history, culture,
literature, music, values and
identity in a humanistic context
Seeking Enthusiastic Secular Jewish Sunday School Teacher for 2014-15 school year
Click Here for more information
The Secular Jewish Community & School
invites you to our OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, August 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you have been curious about us and are wondering if SJCS
may be a good fit for you and your family, please come and
check us out. Newcomers can meet community members
while the children participate in a fun activity with other
classmates and our outstanding teachers. We are a growing
and thriving community and welcome all who wish to join us.
Our community celebrates Jewish holidays, history, culture, music,
literature, values and identity in a secular, humanistic context. We
offer classes for pre-K through 8th
grade, including bar and bat mitzvah preparation. We also offer an Adult Education program
for parents and other adults where history, literature and current
events are discussed while the children are in class.
We emphasize the secular, humanistic Jewish values of love of
learning, ethical action, tzedakah, social justice, personal
responsibility for our actions, pluralism and a rational basis for
thought and action.
If you have been curious about us and are wondering if SJCS may be a good fit for you and your family, please come and check us out. SJCS is committed to teaching and celebrating Jewish history, culture, music, literature, values and identity in a secular, humanistic context.
Who We Are
The Secular Jewish Community and School
(SJCS) is an organization
committed to teaching and celebrating Jewish history, culture, music,
literature, values and identity in a secular, humanistic context.
We are diverse and inclusive in our beliefs, our backgrounds and our
family structures. We welcome anyone who wishes to learn more about
Jewish heritage in a nonreligious context to be part of our community.
SCJS is a member-led and member-run organization. We value the contributions and expertise of
our diverse community. Our organization has developed and grown through the commitment, enthusiasm and
participation of our members—both in running the organization and being involved in the classroom. We
strongly encourage parents to remain on-site during Sunday School hours so they can participate in various
school and community activities.
Join us! Your participation and ideas are welcome in our growing community.
What We Do
We offer Sunday school classes, adult education, holiday and lifecycle celebrations and
other community activities that provide a sense of Jewish identity and
transmit the values of social justice and individual responsibility.
When We Celebrate
We celebrate selected Jewish holidays
and events in an inclusive and
participatory setting for adults and children alike. The goal is to
deepen a sense of community that is progressive and reflects our values
Holidays we celebrate as a community:
In our Sunday school, we offer separate classes for Pre-K/K 1/2, 3/4,
5/6, and B'nai Mitzvah. Our B'nai Mitzvah program includes three vital
independent study of intellectual and cultural interest to the student,
community service/social action project, and a celebratory community
ceremony which indicates that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah understands and
accepts the moral obligations incumbent on an adult Jew.
At all levels, children join the adults
for singing (in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English) and cultural celebrations.
How to Join Us
We invite individuals, couples and families
to join our growing
community. It is easy, down-to-earth, and most important
at your level of comfort. We meet on Sunday mornings, 9:30 to
noon, from September through May in Oak Park, Illinois.
We encourage parents and other members to stay
for adult education while the children are in Sunday school.
We provide bagels and coffee and an opportunity to engage in
discussions on a variety of topics.
Contact Us to Learn More