At Chicago Torah Network (CTN), our mission is to empower every Jew – men and women, young and old – along their own Jewish journey, by sharing with them the beauty, wisdom, and relevance of Judaism and Jewish traditions.
For over 25 years, CTN has inspired thousands of individuals of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to discover and develop their own personal relationship with their Jewish heritage.
Below are some of the ways that CTN serves as “Home for the Wondering Jew”.
Whether you are looking to participate personally in a CTN program or to you would like to support our efforts and help make it all possible, we welcome your participation.
… Together we can impact generations.
Each year, in partnership with JWRP, CTN brings Jewish parents on subsidized, life-changing missions to Israel. This is truly a journey where they tap into their people, their homeland and themselves. Parents return as prouder and more committed Jews, with a deeper appreciation of Judaism, Israel and the Jewish mission.
The Israel trip and the broad array of CTN follow up programs help parents in their own growth and makes them better equipped to inspire their children, whether still at home or on college campuses, to be part of the Jewish future.
Learn more at www.jwrp.org
The Jewish Family Experience (JFE), founded and funded by ATT, and run in partnership by CTN and NCSY, is a unique and dynamic Hebrew school that kids actually look forward to attending!
What makes JFE unique is that it is a Jewish learning experience for the entire family. At JFE, CTN Rabbis engage the parents in meaningful, relevant and inspiring Jewish learning, sending the profound message to their children that Jewish learning is important to their parents. It’s beautiful – and provides hope for the Jewish future – to see two and sometimes three generations enjoying Jewish learning under one roof.
Learn more at http://www.jewishfamilyexp.org/
This popular program encourages people to invite friends to their home for informal discussion and Jewish learning in a relaxed social setting. Topics range from Jewish history and ethics to what Jews believe and why, and more.
Jewish growth in a comfortable and informal environment.
Just the way it should be!
Interested? Email Rabbi Moshe Katz and let’s make this happen! Your friends will thank you!
For close to 150 women, many of whom are experiencing their first complete Shabbat, this warm, magical, weekend away provides an opportunity to reconnect with Jewish tradition and with their inner selves – as they relax and recharge together with a group of amazing Jewish women.
It’s a weekend with a lot of learning and laughing together – where everyone comes home feeling inspired and empowered.
In addition to its many in-person Jewish learning and growth events, CTN produces two popular weekly publications of Jewish thought: Rabbi Moshe Katz’s Torah Minute, and the CTN Shabbat Fax / Email.
Written in an easy to read yet thought provoking style, they provide a weekly dose of Jewish knowledge and inspiration to thousands of readers near and far.
To receive the CTN emails
For over a decade, the annual Ilene C. Leon Chicago Conference for Jewish Women has provided an opportunity for hundreds of Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds to connect, support, and grow together as a community.
This “Spa Day for Your Soul” features keynote addresses and breakout sessions by world renowned women educators and community leaders, and is truly an empowering and uplifting day for all who attend.
For more about this year’s upcoming Spa Day, visit the Spa Day for your Soul website.
CTN’s young professionals program, Chicago YJP, engages Jewish men and women in their 20’s and 30’s through meaningful Jewish learning and experiences.
With a strong emphasis on teaching Jewish wisdom that will help them build truly Jewish homes and develop meaningful, deep and fulfilling marriages, CTN’s young professionals division plays a vital role in building and shaping the next generation of Jewish parents and community leaders.
CTN’s unique High Holiday Experience is designed for Jewish men and women of all ages who may not be inspired by typical synagogue services.
By combining prayer with informal discussion about the meaning and relevance of specific prayers, for many it is their first positive Jewish prayer experience.
In the words of one participant, “I learned more in those two hours than I did in all my years in Hebrew School!”
CTN, in partnership with a number of other Jewish outreach organizations in the Chicagoland area, have joined forces to create a unique weekly study program where “Torah novices” are matched with volunteer lay people in the community to explore the Jewish topic of their choice.
While learning in a class and with a rabbi has tremendous advantages, connecting with a knowledgeable and inspired lay person has proven to be a uniquely valuable addition to participants’ Jewish journey.
For additional information about CTN programs and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.761.0400 x207.
Close friends and Talmudic study partners for over 30 years, Rabbi Moshe Katz and Rabbi Doni Deutsch have been described alternately as “extremely insightful teachers and Rabbis”, and at the same time as “really nice guys who are so down to earth”.
Looking to create a vehicle to spread their love of Torah and of Jews as far and wide as possible, they co-founded Chicago Torah Network back in 1990 and have partnered in its growth ever since. Rabbi Katz received his Rabbinical Ordination and an Advanced Degree in Talmud at Beth Medrash Govoha in New Jersey and Rabbi Deutsch received his Rabbinical Ordination and an Advanced Degree in Talmud at Gur Aryeh Institute in New York. They both served as founding members of the Chicago Community Kollel where they did post graduate work in Talmud and taught community education classes, before founding Chicago Torah Network.
They also are the co-authors of the highly acclaimed CTN Shabbat Fax/Email and The Torah Minute, weekly publications of Jewish thought that are read by thousands of Jewish men and women of all backgrounds and affiliations throughout the world.