The Chicago Workmen’s Circle School

The Chicago Workmen’s Circle School joined our national school network in 2015. This vibrant community of children, families, and talented educators welcomes everyone interested in Jewish cultural learning, joyous holiday celebrations, and social justice activism.

Based on the north side, our Chicago school invites students and families to become hands-on collaborators in their education. Together, we explore and strengthen our Jewish identities through music, dance, text study, art, and much more.

Our doors are open to all families, including interfaith, LGBTQ, and single parents, as well as special needs children. If you share our vision to build a shenere un besere velt far ale (“a better and more beautiful world for all” in Yiddish), there’s a place for you here!

We meet for classes twice a month on Sunday mornings, 10am-12pm, and for the occasional holiday celebration. Our home base is at Sketchpad, a shared workspace and community for innovative, mission-driven organizations, 4700 N. Ravenswood, Suite B, Chicago, IL 60640

Learn more about our Chicago School here, or contact School & Community Coordinator Corrina Demma at

Stay up-to-date on all of our activities by visiting the Chicago Workmen’s Circle School’s Facebook page or website.

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Register here. Classes start September 8.

Join us for “Parents and Me” Tot Circle Programming for infants to children up to 4 years of age!  Twice a month, we meet from 11:00am – noon with age-appropriate hands-on activities, interactive Yiddish learning, movement songs and story time. Classes begin September 16.  $10 drop-in fee | Free for members. 

2019-2020 Chicago School Calendar

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Chicago Curriculum & Activism

Our curriculum integrates all aspects of Jewish culture, and our students share the Workmen’s Circle’s 100+ year commitment to activism.LEARN MORE

Chicago Leadership & Staff

Learn about our great educators who are passionate about Jewish culture and social justice.LEARN MORE

Our Bar/Bas Mitsve Program

The signature Workmen's Circle Bar/Bas Mitzve program is a meaningful alternative to a more traditional synagogue service.LEARN MORE

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