Jewish Religious School in Chicago
The guiding words that have appeared on all Sinai’s buildings in its history are “A House of Prayer for All People”. That's one of the guiding principles emphasized in the Chicago Sinai religious school curriculum, all very appropriate for a Reform temple that was the area's first to welcome interfaith families as full participants in its congregation's life.
Our teaching perspective is the spiritual dimensions of daily living, Jewish history, and Jewish customs. At the same time, we promote acceptance of and respect for beliefs and traditions of all faiths, all races, and all cultures. After all, far more unites Judaism with than divides us from other faiths.
Specifically, we foster:
- A positive Jewish identity celebrating the tradition's beauty and values
- A strong grounding in ethical values
- Blending Jewish values and traditions while living in American society
We're open to members' children – kindergarten through ninth grade (Confirmation). Most classes meet 10 am Sunday and end at 12:15; Confirmation class meets Sunday afternoons. Almost every month features an 11 am Family Service; parents are strongly encouraged to join their children.
Meet our Religious School Director
Religious School Director
Heidi Kon joined Chicago Sinai in 1997. She was educated at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. She has worked in Jewish education for more than 30 years, teaching and developing curricula for all age levels. A licensed clinical social worker, Heidi also has major experience in the human service field, particularly as Director of Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence programs.
Heidi's approach to Jewish education is to infuse Jewish values into every day life. At Sinai she has worked extensively on religious school curriculum development and teacher training, and has developed a wide array of adult education programs. She instituted Sinai’s successful Madrichim (counselor) program for high school students. She has developed training programs for religious school faculties on working with interfaith families and alternatives in Jewish education. She also works on issues relating to Blacks and Jews.
Heidi lives in Oak Park with her husband, Will Jones, and their three sons.