Our mission is to offer dynamic, meaningful, and relevant opportunities to create Jewish community with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. In JTown, we celebrate the place where individual Jewish identity meets secular and social community.
We believe that everyone gets to choose the way in which they live Jewishly. Your Jewish identity belongs to you, and it is up to you to choose what is comfortable and meaningful. We are here to enhance your Jewish experience in a way that is unassuming, nonjudgmental and welcoming.
We want to find a way to make Judaism feel purposeful and relevant in the world in which we live today. We are focused on doing this through creative, fun, and meaningful experiences that build relationships, make connections and construct a sense of community.
Where is JTown?
JTown is wherever we are. We have no walls, literally and figuratively. Although we are focusing on the south suburb areas, we will find ourselves in many locations. We have a beautiful venue we use for our High Holiday Services. Other events will be in parks, people's homes and clubhouses, venues, restaurants, etc.
We believe that it is the people who make a community, not a building. This model dramatically reduces our overhead costs and gives us the freedom to do things differently and offer more for much less without the expenses of owning and maintaining a building.
Is JTown for Interfaith Families?
YES! JTown is for all different kinds of families! No matter your upbringing, level of observance, whether or not you converted (or didn't), if you are affiliated, non-affiliated, whether you have chosen to raise your kids as Jews or with some of both of your faiths.
Because, this IS what Jewish families look like today. We don't all look the same as the generations before us and we don't all feel like we fit perfectly with only one way of being Jewish.
Is JTown a Synagogue?
No. JTown is a group of diverse Jewish people and families who like to:
- Meet other Jews
- Participate in meaningful social action projects
- Celebrate our common history
- Learn about and honor what makes us different from each other
JTown is designed to "Expand Your Jewish Community." If you belong to a temple, we hope to enhance your experience. If you are not affiliated with a temple, we want you to feel welcome and have a sense of belonging. Come in and help us create what it is you want from your Jewish community.
Jews are as diverse as ever, and Jewish families look very different from one another. JTown wants to create a safe, inclusive and accepting place for all types of Jewish people and their families to create connections and build community.
What is a JTowner?
A JTowner is anyone who likes some free stuff, wants to save money on every event, likes to always know what is happening, and longs for that feeling from Cheers when Norm walks into the bar: "NORM!" Most JTowners are pretty good at math too, because the savings on some of the programs are probably more than the $100/family per year cost.
A JTowner is also someone who believes in JTown and wants to help get this awesome new organization off to a great start.
You don't have to be a JTowner to come to an event! Take it slow, come to a program or two and see what you think. Now is a great time to make a real difference in how JTown grows and changes from this early stage. Give us your feedback and tell us what you want. Better still, get involved in the planning for future events.