Activities at the Academy including debate team, National Honor Society, the annual girls’ play and student council present leadership opportunities while providing students with a forum to develop their talents and interests. Despite the Academy’s small student body, students have endless extracurricular opportunities. Try out for the school play, pick up an instrument for the first time in band or join the softball team with little or no experience. Those who don’t find the club that suits their needs, create their own.


Ms. Susan Sennett, advisor

As a sister school participating in advocating for the American-Israeli relationship.  The Academy participates in the AIPAC Schusterman High School Summit and the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.  A selected group of juniors and seniors go to the conferences each year.  Involvement in AIPAC is connected to participating in the Israel Advocacy Club.


Mr. Daniel Harris, advisor

Charlotte’s Web Literary Magazine

Mrs. Marsha Arons, advisor

Charlotte’s Web is an excellent platform for students to display their writing and artistic talents. An event is held at the end of the year showcasing the submitted works.  The magazine is well known far beyond the Ida Crown community and receives many awards and accolades.

Crown Prints Newspaper

Ms. Sheri Goldstein, advisor

Packed with relevant articles and interesting news, The Crown Prints has grown in staff size, content, and student appeal.  The paper provides a means to educate the student body about school news and a forum to express students’ opinions.

Feminism Club

Mrs. Marsha Arons, advisor

Ida Crown’s brand new feminism club seeks to educate students to fight inquality and sexism.  Students learn about many issues facing society, including about the wage gap, pink tax and women in the workplace.


“Girls’ Night Out Learning” is a NILI after school learning program for high school girls.  Girls from all different Jewish schools across Chicago convene every month for a learning session of Shiurim and fun activities.

Ham Radio Club

Mr. David Newman, advisor

Ida Crown Amateur Radio Club is licensed by the FCC as KD9EUS.  The club operates its own amateur radio station capable with worldwide communications.  We offer training, so students can earn their own license.  We will also provide hands-on activities to enhance learned radio/electronics concepts and to make it a fun experience.  For many,  amateur radio offers a lifelong hobby and a vehicle for unlimited learning.


Ms. Susan Sennett, advisor

HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Club’s mission is to do acts of chesed and tzedakah throughout our community and beyond.  The students make brownies and sell them to raise money to buy winter apparel for the homeless.  They also volunteer once a month to make bagged lunches to deliver to the Lincoln Park community shelter.

Hugo’s Heros-Chicago Aces

Mrs. Chavee Gottlieb, advisor

Trains a select group of students in grades 9-12 to be student medical first responders. Students become certified in many life saving skills such as CPR and first aid. Student volunteers participate in continuing education through the school year to ensure that they are prepared to react in an emergency. This program empowers students to be the first responder to any school medical emergencies until further emergency medical services arrive. Our heroes also take note of and report any safety issues and volunteer as standby first aid at school programs and sporting events.

Ida Crown Girls Club (ICGC)

Mrs. Jenny Hajaj, advisor

The Ida Crown Girls Club (ICGC) will have special activities specifically designed to enhance the culture, spirituality, and sisterhood of the girls’ community at Ida Crown. There will be an all-girls shabbaton as well as monthly events throughout the year that will combine Torah, Chesed, and FUN – so all girls will have an opportunity to participate in their special interests.

Interact Club

The Interact Club is one of the largest clubs in ICJA.  Interact helps students raise money through different fundraisers for chesed organizations such as The Ark and Shalva.  This empowering club allows members to leave as lasting impoact ont he community.

Israel Advocacy Club

Ms. Susan Sennett, advisor

The club fortifies students’ knowledge about the Middle East and prepares them for difficult questions they may face regarding Israel.  The club educates students about bills in Congress, informs them about situations that Israel faces, and answers polular questions about the country itself.

JOH (Just One Hour)

Every Tuesday, Ida Crown students can be seen rushing to the fishbowl to get donuts and learn about lashon hara at the JOH club.  Short for Just One Hour, students learn the halachot of lashon hara by reading passages from the Chofetz Chaim’s Daily Companion, whie enjoying Dunkin Donuts.  This inspiring club encourages students to focus on at least one hour every day of not speaking lashon hora.


Mrs. Alissa Zeffren, advisor

This year, six students, accompanied by Mrs. Zeffren, went to new York for the Jewish Unity Mentoring Program conference (JUMP) where they learned how to create successful initiatives. The JUMP participants were encouraged to develop an initiative regarding Jewish advocacy and education within their own communities.  The students worked hard to create an initiative in Chicago, and implemented a program called “Student to Student” in which Jewish students go to public schools to give presentations about Judaism to create a more positive outlook towards Judaism from public school teens.

Keshet Peer Buddies

Mrs. Lori Zisook, advisor

Ida Crown teens mentor Keshet students.  By joining them for lunch, playing games, and just hanging out, Ida Crown teens form strong friendships with Keshet students.  The Keshet peer buddy program is a great chessed opportunity, and brings happinesss to both parties involved.


Mrs. Stephanie Pederson, advisor

Every month, ICJA Mathletes go to local math competitions where they prove their mathematical prowess by competing against other local schools. Mathletes sharpens their problem solving skills and learns mathematical techniques that they can employ throughout the rest of their mathematical careers.


Rabbi Yoni Fox, advisor

Model UN Program

Mr. Josh Cooper, advisor

At this year’s Yeshiva University’s National Model United Nations, Ida Crown students represented the countries of Panama and South Korea. They researched various global issues, and went to New York to talk to students from all around the world in an effort to create resolutions to the international dilemmas.  The issues discussed spanned from human trafficking to water scarcity and language preservation.  Students had the opportunity to debate and act as UN delegates and in the process learned valuable debate skills.

National Honor Society Torah Chapter

Mr. Phil Zbaraz, advisor Click here to find out more.

Recognized for their leadership qualities, service to the school, academic accomplishments and derech eretz, the National Honor Society represents Ida Crown’s finest.

Peer Tutoring Club

Mr. Phil Zbaraz, advisor

Each year the ICJA Seniors, who are members of the Senior Leader Program and who also qualify for the National Honor Society – Torah Chapter, provide Peer Tutoring.  The process is quite easy to initiate….all a student has to do is obtain a Request Form from the Social Services Department which when completed, will be paired with a Peer Tutor.  If a student has any questions or concerns about the Program, they are encouraged to speak with Mr. Phil Zbaraz (doc Phil), the Director of Student Social Services.

School Retreats

Rabbi Yoni Fox,/Mrs. Alissa Zeffren, advisors

Senior Leaders

Mr. Phil Zbaraz, advisor

The transition into high school can be scary and overwhelming, but luckily the Senior Leaders prove to be exceptional guides for the incoming Freshmen. Senior Leaders were first trained by Madraigos before participating in a two day orientaiton at the beginning of the year. They helped provide comfort and support. Senior Leaders went above and beyond, bringing first day of school gifts, taking their Freshmen out for coffee, and checking in with freshmen throughout the year.

Service Points Committee

Mrs. Marlene Wasserstrom, advisor


Rabbi Yoni Fox, advisor

Student Council

Ms. Susan Sennett, advisor

ICJA’s student council accomplished many exceptional things this year such as raising money for organizations including Sharsheret, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Chicago Chesed Fund, JUF and Kol HaNearim, holding a clothing drive at school; and planning a pep Rally.  At their monthly meetings, the members of student council.

Student to Student

Mrs. Alissa Zeffren, advisor

Torah Society

Rabbi Shmuel Kurtz, advisor

Yad v’Shem Generation to Generation Internship

Ms. Susan Sennett, advisor

The internship sponsored through Yad Vashem in Israel involves a select group of sophomores who make connections with survivors here in Chicago.  The purpose is for students and survivors to interact and learn from the each other as people each with unique experiences.


Mr. Vincent Olson, advisor

The ICJA Keter Yearbook is a nationally recognized, award-winning publication, offering students both a book of memories and an opportunity to feature writing, design, and photography of dedicated students. In addition, our yearbook teaches students valuable skills in  business, marketing, photography, graphic design and leadership. Email ads or questions to

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Rabbi Yoni Fox/Mrs. Alissa Zeffren, advisors

Yom HaZikaron Committee

Rabbi Yoni Fox/Mrs. Alissa Zeffren, advisors

YU Torah Mitzion Kollel

Rabbi Reuven Brand, advisor