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CJHS Alumni Reunite for Farewell to Old Home

Chicagoland Jewish High School (CJHS) Alumni and staff gathered at Northwest Suburban Jewish Congregation (NSJC) in Morton Grove on Sunday for the school’s first-ever alumni reunion, where they bid a final goodbye to the synagogue, and their old school home, before it closes its doors for good.

Before relocating to its current 72,000 square-foot facility in Deerfield in 2007, CJHS spent its first 6 years housed in the humble classrooms of the synagogue. In its first year, the school opened with only 26 students, a mere fraction compared to today’s 155 student population.

Members of the CJHS Alumni Committee coordinated the event, and flooded the old school’s hallways and lockers with hundreds of memorable school photos, giving alumni a virtual tour down memory lane.

Also at the event, CJHS alumni, staff and NSJC members shared their last meal together in the building: A specially prepared, fully loaded 30-foot party sub from Chicago’s first and only kosher Subway restaurant.

After taking one final tour through the building, alumni remembered that with every end comes a new beginning. They rekindled old friendships, shared laughs while flipping through old yearbooks, and reminisced fondly about their CJHS experiences.


Now in its ninth year, Chicagoland Jewish High School is a co-ed, college-preparatory high school committed to academic excellence. The dual curriculum combines a first-class general studies education with a comprehensive Jewish studies education, supplemented by strong athletic and fine-arts programs, and numerous extra-curricular, social, and leadership opportunities. Enrollment at CJHS has reached an all-time high with over 150 students representing over 20 communities. Its graduates are accepted into the finest colleges and universities, in this country and in Israel.

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