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J² - Jewish Journeys 

Or Shalom is very proud of our J2 (Jewish Journeys) education program which offers classes for preschoolers through adulthood. Jewish learning is an ongoing process with no age limits. Our goal is for each student, whether a child or an adult learner, to develop a positive Jewish identity and a connection to the Jewish community which will foster a commitment to embrace Jewish traditions throughout their lives. Each of us has our own Jewish journey, and together we will explore, question, and embrace our Jewish heritage and traditions.


a note from Dr. Nancy...


Dear Congregation Or Shalom,

I am very excited about the opportunity to help lead J² during Rabbi Sarah’s leave.  I want to make sure that our children's religious education continues successfully.  I have been a teacher, a principal, and a superintendent and have always loved working with students and families. 
I am on my own religious journey, as I became a bat mitzvah on December 10 2022.  I grew up at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park where I attended religious education from kindergarten through confirmation.  I also attended OSRUI for three of my favorite summers.  I am now an active synagogue member, involved in learning as well as social justice. 
If you have any questions or if I can help you, please feel free to contact me at or 847.951.1196.
Nancy Wagner (Dr. Nancy)
Interim Education Director


January 2023

2022-2023 Resources


Click the calendar images above to view a PDF of the 2022-2023 J2 Yearly Calendar


     CLICK HERE FOR J2 OPTIONS 2022-2023


For more information on what each class studies - Click Here

Click HERE to begin the membership renewal and enrollment process for the 2022-23 school year NOW!


T'fillah (Prayer) Recordings

Listen to recordings of our incredible Cantor Laurie Akers chanting the various t'fillot (prayers) we chant at J2


Barchu                                                              Avot V'imahot (for Shabbat)                                             Nissim B'chol Yom

Shema                                                               G'vurot (for Shabbat)

V'ahavata                                                        Kedusha (for Shabbat)

Mi Chamocha                                                V'shamru

Sat, February 4 2023 13 Sh'vat 5783