Community Programs

Community Program Overview

At Akiba-Schechter, we believe that learning should never be confined to the classroom. That’s why we work so hard to offer hands-on projects like staging an open-air Israeli shuk (market), holding a mock trial, or simulating a modern-day economy.

We are committed to the belief that scholarship must be paired with compassion, understanding, and decency—in other words, menschlichkeit.

Parent Teachers Organization (PTO)
Led by current parents, the PTO organizes community events throughout the year to build a sense of camaraderie. These events include playground socials, a Chanukah party and ice-skating.
Basketball Tournament
Akiba is proud to participate in the National Jewish Basketball Tournament each year, in addition to Girls’ and Boys’ basketball games during the winter season. Go Wolves!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Each year, our community participates in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which includes volunteering in different sites across the city such as the Anti-Cruelty Society and Park Plaza Retirement Center. Together, we help honor the legacy of Dr. King by working to advance his vision of a better world for all.
Love Fridge
The Love Fridge is a Chicago-based initiative created to nourish our communities through mutual aid. We hold their mission that “powered by kindness, generosity, and most importantly, love, we firmly believe that feeding oneself is not a privilege, but a right.” We sponsor the Love Fridge next to our school and bring non-perishable food items to stock the fridge.
How wonderful and pleasant it is for people to live together in unity.
(Psalms 133:1)

Enrichment Programs

The Globe
Middle Schoolers write and edit the student newspaper, The Akiba Globe. Issues feature editorials, interviews, crossword puzzles, and, of course, school news. Students also learn basic journalism skills.

Shabbatonim
Several times a year, the school will coordinate a Shabbaton, a 24-hour program that lasts from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday and is oftentimes led by Akiba teachers. Seventh and eighth graders take part in various Shabbat activities, from singing zmirot (shabbat songs) to performing skits on the weekly Torah portion, to completing a scavenger hunt. These events are meant to build community and often take place during a student’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.