IHSA New Sports Medicine Consent and AcknowledgementWhether 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, boys’ softball and tennis. For more information contact Mark Wax, athletic director at mwax@icja.org or (224) 436-2255.

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 2017-2018 Please read and check acknowledgement boxes below.

Athletic Manual Confirmation Form

Athletic Permit Card  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

ICJA Athletic Registration Form

SportStarting DateTry-Out Date
Cross CountryAugust 9, 2017August 9-21, 2017
Girls BasketballOctober 15, 2017October 29, 31, & November 2, 2017
Boys BasketballOctober 15, 2017November 5, 6 & 8, 2017
WrestlingOctober 15, 2017November 5,7 & 9, 2017
FencingOctober 15, 2017November 5, 2017
BaseballFebruary 19, 2018February 21 & 25, 2018
SoccerFebruary 20, 2018February 25, 26 & 27, 2018


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


2017-2018 Season over

Boys’ Basketball

Boys’ Varsity Coach: Charles Bolden, cmrbolden@aol.com

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

Sophomore Coach: Lance Newman, lancejnewman@gmail.com

Sophomore Assistant Coach: Lee Gruen, leegruen@gmail.com

Freshman Coach: Beni Gliksberg, benigliksberg@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: November 5,6,8 2017


2017-2018 Athletic Schedule-Boys’ Varsity Basketball: Click here to download

2017-2018 Athletic Schedule-Boys’ Sophomore Basketball: Click here to download

2017-2018 Athletic Schedule-Boys’ Freshman Basketball: Click here to download

Girls’ Basketball

Girls’ Varsity Coach: Burt Levy, blevy2423@gmail.com

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

Girls’ Jr Varsity Coach: Zach Appel, ziappel@gmail.com

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

Try-Out Dates: October 29, 31, November 2, 2017


2017-2018 Athletic Schedule-Girls’ Varsity Basketball: Click here to download

2017-2018 Athletic Schedule-Girls’ Jr. Varsity Basketball: Click here to download


Coach: Doug Klein, jdouglasklein@yahoo.com

Assistant Coach: Ellie Saltzman, leieio77@gmail.com

Try-Out Dates: November 5, 7,9 2017


2017-2018 Athletic Schedule-Wrestling: Click here to download

Boys’ & Girls’ Fencing

Fencing Coach: Edward Kaihatsu, ekaihatsu@aol.com

Try-Out Dates: November 5, 2017

Schedule: Click here to download

Girls’ Soccer

Coach Brittany Peters, brittanyapeters12@gmail.com

Boys’ Baseball

Coach Steve Greenberg

Assistant Coach Dr. Preston Wolin

Try-Out Dates: February 25, 26, 27, 2018

Schedule: TBA