Whether it is basketball or wrestling, the Ida Crown Jewish Academy Aces are known locally and nationally as formidable competitors. And at national sports tournaments, parents, teachers and students travel far distances to support our men and women athletes. In 2012, two varsity athletic teams, the wrestlers and the varsity girls’ basketball team, became Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Regional Champions in the same week. This is the first time in the school’s history that any team won the regional championship game and likely the first time that any Jewish day school took that title twice in the same season. Later in that same year, the wrestlers won the YU Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational for the 8th time, scoring more points than any team had ever scored in tournament history.

We currently offer many interscholastic athletic teams, including: boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ soccer, boys’ baseball, wrestling, girls’ and boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams, boys’ fencing. For more information contact Brittany Peters, athletic director at mailto:bpeters@icja.org

Click here for directions to away games.

Athletic Department Programs

In order to participate, you will need to complete the following forms. No student/athlete may participate in an open gym, tryout, or practice in any sport until the athletic office is in receipt of the completed Permit Card, the signed IHSA sports medicine consent, the participation form and the registration form.

Athletic Manual 2018-2019  When it becomes available, please read and check acknowledgement boxes below.

Athletic Manual Confirmation Form

Athletic Permit Card 2018-2019  This Permit Card is a matter of safety and must be signed by a doctor, guardian and student.

IHSA New Sports Medicine Consent and Acknowledgement 2018-2019

ICJA Athletic Registration Form 2018-2019

SportStarting & Open Gym DateTry-Out Date
Cross CountryAugust 8, 2018August 8-27, 2018
Girls BasketballOctober 9, 2018October 28, 30, & November 1, 2018
Boys BasketballOctober 10, 2018November 4, 5 & 7, 2018
WrestlingOctober 9, 2018November 4,6 & 8, 2018
FencingOctober 10, 2018November 4, 2018
BaseballFebruary 10, 2019February 24, 25 & 27, 2019
SoccerFebruary 10, 2019February 24, 26 & 28, 2019

Check the calendar for athletic schedules or click here to find a list of addresses and directions to away games.

Cross Country

Boys’ Coach: Ezra Jaffe, ezra.jaffe@gmail.com

Girls’ Coach: Dana Hunter, dana.n.hunter@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: August 8-27, 2018


2018 Schedule

Boys’ Basketball

Boy’s Varsity Coach: Rabbi Danishefsky, ydanishefsky@icja.org

Sophomore Coach: Beni Gliksberg, benigliksberg@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: November 4, 5 & 7, 2018


Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule

Boys Basketball Sophomore Schedule

Girls’ Basketball

Girls’ Varsity Coach: Brittany Peters,brittanyapeters12@gmail.com

Girls’ Varsity Assistant Coach: TBD

Girls’ Jr Varsity Coach: TBD

Girls’ Jr Varsity Assistant Coach: Carolyn Soffer, csoffer@icja.org

Try-Out Dates: October 28, 30, November 1, 2018


Girls Varsity Basketball Schedule

Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Schedule


Coach: Doug Klein, jdouglasklein@yahoo.com

Assistant Coach: Ellie Saltzman, leieio77@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: Bill Porter, bporter@mortongroveil.org

Try-Out Dates: November 4, 6 & 8 2018


WR 19 Schedule

Boys’ & Girls’ Fencing

Fencing Coach: Edward Kaihatsu, ekaihatsu@aol.com

Try-Out Dates: November 4, 2018


2018-2019 Athletic Schedule-Fencing: TBD

Girls’ Soccer

Coach Brittany Peters, brittanyapeters12@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: February 24, 26 & 28, 2019

Boys’ Baseball

Coach Steve Greenberg

Assistant Coach Dr. Preston Wolin

Try-Out Dates: February 24, 25, 27, 2019

Schedule: BB 19 Schedule