Hakafa means "encirclement." We are a Reform Jewish congregation that, for over 30 years has met at various locations on Chicago's north shore. We are a congregation of people: No building (and no plans for one), no board of directors, and no fund-raising. Congregation Hakafa began as a small chavurah, or self-led assembly, in the autumn of 1983 by gathering in living rooms on Friday evenings, just an informal group celebrating Shabbat, honoring Torah, and embracing social issues. Learn more about our history.
Worship and Ritual
We are a Reform Jewish Congregation (and a member of the URJ - the Union for Reform Judaism) that enjoys an informal warmth in prayer and song.
We pray in Hebrew and English in several different places: usually at the Winnetka Community House, but also in members' homes or even at the beach.
Kabbalat Shabbat services are held every Friday night. Shabbat morning minyan is held twice a month. We observe all Jewish holidays and festivals.
We do not assign dates for b'nai mitzvah celebrations. Families and the Rabbi choose a day and time together.
We value study, providing Religious and Hebrew School for our children, weekly Torah study, Mishneh Torah classes, and Sunday morning study sessions for adults.
Religious School is active, participatory, and engaging. We begin together with a family service and end together by enjoying bagels. We do not meet one Sunday each month, leaving it open for family time.
We gather to meet Jewish authors, enjoy our film group and book group, engage in a Lunch & Learn series, or become adult b'nai mitzvah. We offer classes in beginning Hebrew for adults, and our conversational Hebrew Circle meets monthly.
Our goal is to create learning opportunities according to members' interests and needs.
We commit to social justice, protesting with people who are oppressed and feeding those who are hungry.
We assist abused women and children, help build affordable housing, and care for the environment.
We provide religious services to residents in assisted living facilities and connect to Jewish communities around the world.
We comfort our own members who are ill or in mourning.
We teach our children to care for themselves and for others.
Please visit and get to know us...
... at Friday night services, held year-round at 7:30 p.m. the Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka).
... at Religious and/or Hebrew School at the Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe). To visit our school, please contact our Director of Education, Bibi Patt. During the school year (September through May), Religious School is held on Sunday mornings from 9:45 a.m. to noon, with the exception of one Sunday per month (usually the last Sunday of the month), which is designated as a “family day.” Hebrew School (Grades 3-7) is held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.
... at any of our congregational events listed on our website.
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