jBaby is the Jewish United Fund’s program for new and expecting families. It is now reaching more families than ever with its expansion into the suburbs! jBaby and JUF aim to connect new and expectant families to Jewish life through events and activities.
jBaby Chicago in the Suburbs
jBaby will offer families with children under two opportunities to connect and share valuable parenting resources and advice on topics important to them, such as preschools, raising children, local events and activities, and incorporating Judaism into daily life.
Starting in March 2015, jBaby will offer a series of classes similar to the programs they have been offering in the city.
- And Baby Makes Three
Join other expectant couples for a dinner series focused on getting ready for a new baby! Get all your questions answered about what to expect those first few weeks home, information on bris, baby naming, and other Jewish rituals, must-have baby products, and first-hand advice from new moms.
- Dad & Me: Stretch-n-Grow
No time during the week to work out? Join other dads and their tots for a Sunday morning Stretch-n-Grow movement class. Best for toddlers 1-2 years old.
- jBaby Chicago Around Town with Temple Chai
Explore the hottest play spots in the northwest suburbs – with a Jewish twist. Enjoy stories at Barnes & Noble, cooking workshop at Sunset Foods, gross motor activities at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics, and more! Each session includes schmoozing with other families, playtime activities, and light snacks.
- Music & Movement
Babies Join other parents (or caregivers) for 45 minutes of music, movement, parachute, bubbles, and more, followed by coffee, snacks & schmoozing. Best for children 2 -18 months (older siblings welcome to attend). Class meets weekly on Tuesdays.
jBaby also provides playgroups and special holiday events. A current class schedule can be found on their website.
In addition to classes, jBaby also provides a wonderful package of gear — called jBaby Swag, for new families to test out. Families can “claim their swag” by meeting with one of the jBaby Chicago Connectors. You can find more information online.
jBaby has been active in the city of Chicago since Summer 2014. jBaby has delivered programming to over 450 parents through one-on-one meetings with parent ambassadors,
“We are thrilled to broaden our Jewish, family-focused programming to the suburbs of Chicago. Our city programs have been so successful, we are excited to engage Jewish suburban families as well.”Deborah Cooper, Assistant Vice President, Young Family Engagement, JUF of Metropolitan Chicago
jBaby is an inclusive, social program for Chicago area Jewish parents. jBaby is geared in particular to those parents of children ages 0-24 months and expectant parents, who wish to make connections, build friendships, and engage in Jewish life in Chicago.