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ICJA students hit the road on September 15 for a day of Ida Crown On the Town, enjoying fun bonding and educational experiences on grade level trips.

Freshman enjoyed “Capture the Teacher” at the Botanic Gardens, where they traveled in groups to find 12 teachers cleverly stationed around the gardens, blending in as visitors. Once they found their teachers, they asked them questions to get to know them more personally- about their hobbies, quirks, and interests beyond the classroom.

These freshmen are pretty proud to have found Rabbi Danishefsky
These freshmen are pretty proud to have found Rabbi Danishefsky

After lunch at Mizrahi Grill, they traveled to a Team Building course in Northbrook, where a professional team helped them develop both individual and collective skills such as a sense of leadership, respect, reliability, and collaboration. What a fantastic way to start the year!

Sophomores traveled to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for a really fascinating tour displaying artifacts that relate directly to their Jewish History curriculum. They were able to see their lessons come alive in this famous exhibit! After pizza and ice cream, the grade made their way to Millennium Park for the famous ICJA Instagram scavenger hunt on Michigan Avenue!

Juniors did not let distance deter them from journeying to Indiana for laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars, and more at Jax Warehouse! After a packed morning, they returned to Skokie for a relaxed afternoon of sports and barbecue at Central Park.

img_0017Seniors headed to the JUF Annual meeting downtown, after first stopping at the Bean to take the class yearbook photo.

seniorsThe students then headed to the Hyatt and were privileged to hear from Carl Schrag, a journalist, teacher and Middle East analyst, who spoke about advocating for Israel on campus. The students then joined professional and lay leadership from across the Chicago Jewish community at the JUF luncheon.

Thank you to our programming staff, Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld, Mimi Fuchs and Miriam Schwartz for making these amazing trips a possibility, and to all  faculty members who chaperoned. We are looking forward to many more programs of the same caliber! View more photos on our Instagram page.





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