Frequently Asked Questions

Does CJE have a rabbi and what are the rabbi’s responsibilities? 

Yes, CJE’s rabbi, Michelle Stern, is certified as a chaplain and pastoral care provider by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. 

The rabbi’s responsibilities include pastoral care and consultation, leading of some religious services and rituals, provision of ritual needs, and Jewish education. 

Where and when are religious services held?

At Weinberg Community for Senior Living, Gidwitz Place in Deerfield:

  • Friday evenings Shabbat Services - 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday morning Shabbat Services – 10 a.m.
  • High Hoilday services
  • Morning and some evening services for most other Jewish holidays

At Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Skokie

  • Pre-Sabbath “Welcome Shabbat”
  • Saturday morning Shabbat Services – 10 am
  • High Hoilday services
  • Morning services for most other Jewish holidays

Holiday services are also held at some of CJE’s other sites as well. 

Is there a fee for attending services at a CJE location?

In general, there is no fee for attending weekly religious services at CJE locations but donations are always welcome. While there is no fee for attending High Holiday services at Lieberman there is a nominal fee for family members attending High Holiday services at Weinberg Community.

How are Jewish holiday and ritual needs of residents at CJE sites met?

There are many ways CJE’s Religious Life staff  provide for holiday and ritual needs for residents of Lieberman Center, Weinberg Community and other sites.  Some include:

  • Communal Shabbat Kiddushes
  • Blowing Shofar on for the High Holidays
  • During Sukkot:
    • Sukkot which are built in various locations
    • Waving of Lulov and Etrog
  • Communal Chanukah candle lightings
  • Tu B’Shevat Seders
  • Purim Megillah readings
  • Passover Seders
  • Holiday celebrations and parties

In addition, CJE’s Religious Life staff can provide ritual items to short-stay rehabilitation patients  of Lieberman Center’s Haag Pavilion.  These may include:

  • Electric Shabbat and Chanukah candelabras
  • Shabbat Bags with grape juice and challah rolls
  • Siddurim, Machzorim and Chumashim for those in short stays for Rehabilitation at Haag Pavilion

How are holiday and ritual needs of residents who are not Jewish met at CJE?

Religious Life staff meet the holiday and ritual needs for those who are not Jewish in a number of ways.  These include:

  • Services lead by a local minister for Easter and Christmas
  • Local ministers and other religious leaders are invited to visit and provide for ritual needs such as communion. 

Who certifies CJE’s food as kosher?

The Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) certifies all food made in the kitchen at Lieberman Center.  This includes all of the resident meals, Home Delivered Meals and frozen Kosher to Go® meals.   Lieberman Center also provides the meals for CJE’s Adult Day Services program in Evanston. 

The Kashrut supervision at the Weinberg Community is provided by a private Orthodox rabbi.  If you have questions about this please contact

Susan Buchbinder, Director of Religious Life at 773.508.1695.

Are there Jewish Learning classes that take place at CJE?

Adult Jewish Learning takes place in many of our locations.  These range from on-going classes taught by our own rabbi, as well as other teachers; to periodic one time classes and seminars taught by prominent rabbis,  lecturers and teachers in the Jewish community.

Class subjects range from Bible and prayer study and Jewish history and philosophy to modern Jewish culture and practice, and Yiddish.

What Jewish cultural programs are provided at CJE programs and locations?

All CJE programs and residential locations provide a variety of programs, entertainment and discussion  which are steeped in Jewish culture and tradition.  These may include programs and entertainment which highlight:

  • Jewish and Yiddish music
  • Israeli music and dance
  • Films with Jewish themes
  • Creative Arts programming which weave in Jewish themes
  • Other