The Jewish Family Experience is a comprehensive and dynamic family-oriented Hebrew School dedicated to engaging, educating, and inspiring Jews across the North Chicago Suburbs regardless of their affiliation or background.

Our Programs

Hebrew School

Sundays from 9:45-12:30

Bar/Bat mitzvah

Contact us for help with planning your child's special day!

Family/Parent

Get involved! Join us for Sunday parent classes, evening discussions and more!

About JFE

The Jewish Family Experience is a comprehensive and dynamic family-oriented Hebrew School dedicated to engaging, educating, ​and inspiring Jews across the North Chicago Suburbs regardless of their affiliation or background.

Starting its 10th year in Fall 2021​

Classes meet once a week on a Sundays from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Jewett Park Community Center in Deerfield.


Our program includes both Hebrew reading and language instruction, as well as Jewish Studies classes, where we explore the Jewish holidays, Mitzvot, Jewish values, stories and lessons from the Torah and more. Our teachers are passionate educators who work hard to create a warm, exciting, and fun learning environment for our students where the material comes alive through experiential hands-on activities, games-based learning, drama, music, arts and crafts, interactive discussions and more!

​Innovative, experiential and hands-on curriculum that creates a positive experience
Engaging, inspiring, and talented teachers
Safe and welcoming atmosphere that encourages exploration
Warm & Welcoming Community
No synagogue affiliation or membership fees required!

OUR SERVICES

Programs

Hebrew School

For students entering K-7th grade

Parent Learning Opportunities

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Family Holiday Workshops

Families come together to learn and create something special for each holiday.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Clubs

Individualized Tutoring
Personalized and Meaningful Ceremony Prepration
Social Action / Tikkun Olam Events and Activities
Affordable tuition, with payment plans, and scholarships available

Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

Your stress ends here!

Meet Our Staff

Mashi Polstein

Mashi Polstein

Director

Mashi is a passionate educator whose use of drama and contemporary expressive technique has inspired students the world over. Under the auspices of NCSY Canada, Mashi founded and directed Toronto’s Torah High: For the Arts, a groundbreaking initiative that combines traditional Jewish learning with a progressive arts-based education. While studying theater and psychology at York University, Mashi began developing a drama-infused curriculum that would eventually be used as a medium to

teach an accredited Jewish Ethics and Values Course. After getting married and moving to Israel, she continued to teach drama at Emunah V’omanut, an arts-based seminary in Jerusalem.

Mashi advocates for the use of arts in the classroom to create exciting, dynamic, and impactful lessons. She aspires to help students develop and nurture their creative sides and to use their gifts to impact the world for the better. Mashi, along with her husband Yehuda, are inspired and enthusiastic educators who have been involved in Jewish education and communal work for the past 15 years. In 2015 the Polstein's were awarded the Evan Goldberg-Mailing Innovation in Education in recognition of their efforts.

In 2017 Mashi Polstein was recognized as one of the 36 under 36 by the JUF of Chicago for her work at JFE.

Email at mashi@jewishfamilyexp.org

Alise Gold

Educational Director and Bnei Mitzvah Coordinator

Alise received her BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and her Masters Degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. She taught elementary and middle school in New Jersey for three years before moving to Chicago. Alise taught middle school at Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School in Hyde Park for 8 years and is currently in her fifth year with JFE.

​Email: alise@jewishfamilyexp.org