Chibur - The 20s-30s Group at JRC


Welcome to Chibur, JRC’s 20s-30s group

JRC’s Chibur group is a community of 20 and 30 year olds who plan fun, engaging and meaningful Jewish events, learning opportunities, and social programs, and promote young adult inclusion at JRC. Everyone is invited to take part in our events - even if you are not a JRC member. Some events are held in the synagogue in southwest Evanston, and some are out in the wider community in Chicago. 

For any questions you can email us at [email protected], and feel free to just show up to stuff happening at JRC if you want to check us out! 

A part of something larger 

We want JRC young adults to be active in every aspect of the congregation and be a visible and vital part of the JRC community. Being a part of an intergenerational community is important to us. Chibur takes part in JRC traditions like beach services, adult education classes, and high holiday discussion groups, and also host our own events like learning with the rabbi, bowling with the cantor, and cocktails in the sukkah. 

Building a Spiritual Home

Many Jewish adults haven't been part of a formal community since they were 13. Synagogues are usually great at engaging kids and families, but often don't have a lot to offer from b'nai mitzvah age to the day you have kids of your own (if you even choose to go that route). We are making space for people who want to continue or rediscover a spiritual life and a supportive community. One of JRC's roles as a congregation is to emphasize the value of community in which members show up for one another. 

In an article written by Rabbi Rachel Weiss entitled Re-imagining Synagogues and Communities, she writes, "We use Jewish tradition to push against the age of selfishness and individualism by showing all generations the way in which we cannot be Jewish alone, and there are always new ways to be Jewish." 

A meaningful High Holiday experience for just $18

Each year, we offer “Chai Holiday” Tickets - $18 High Holiday tickets to Young Adults ages 35 and under, and college students (as always) are free.

Join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services that are accessible, modern, and egalitarian with a focus on spirituality, intellectual curiosity, and social justice.


What does it mean to be a JRC member and join the Chibur Committee? 

The Chibur Committee is a group of young adult JRC members that plans events, determines the direction of the group, and give us a voice in synagogue decision making. Lots of Chibur members are also part of other committees and Task Forces at JRC, including Immigrant Justice, Racial Equity, and Choir. Some are Religious School teachers, and one even sits on the synagogue board. 

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Joining JRC

If you feel at home in our community, we would love to have you join JRC. New this year, Young Adults (ages 35 and under) can become members for just $36 dollars a month. Find a spiritual home and supportive community for less than the cost of a gym membership! 

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The Green Synagogue and the Pillars of Chai


In 2008, we built the first platinum LEED-certified green synagogue in North America. The construction required 18 pillars - the number in Hebrew that also means "chai" or "life." 

Now, more than ten years later, JRC has launched the Pillars of Chai Campaign to raise $4.4m to wholly own our beloved building. 


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