Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, April 29

Congregation Beth Shalom presents Bob Alper in “An Evening of Comedy” with nosh and auction. 8:30 p.m., 3433 Walters, Northbrook. $36. Reservations (847) 498-4100.

Sunday, April 30

Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation AGBI, 7117 N. Crawford, Lincolnwood, has a screening of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s film ‘In Search of Peace,’ which examines the origins of the Middle East conflict. Discussion to follow. No charge/donations appreciated. 10 a.m. RSVP to (847) 676-0491/

Congregation Beth shalom holds blood drive. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3433 Walters, Northbrook. Registration at (use group code NB05) or Steven Elisco:

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation’s Men’s Club shows film “The Producers” at brunch. 10 a.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $12 advance, $15 door. Reservations (847) 675-4141.

Congregation Beth Shalom holds Mother/Daughter Book Club Tea for K-3rd grade to read Sidney Taylor’s “More All of a Kind Family” with discussion and crafts. 11 a.m., 3433 Walters, Northbrook. Registration, or (847) 498-4100 ext. 34.

Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents Lake Forest College Prof. Michael Ebner speaking on “And How Jewish is Baseball?” 2 p.m., Temple Beth-El, 3810 Dundee Road, Northbrook. $10 (free for CJHS and Beth-El members.) (312( 663-5634.

Temple Chai, presents “The Whole Megillah: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre” with Charles Troy and featuring the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. 3 p.m., 1670 RFD, Checker Road, Long Grove. $25.

Monday, May 1

Jewish National Fund holds Chicago Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration with reading of Declaration of Independence Megillah, guest speakers, Israeli food and music. 6 p.m., Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago. (847) 656-8880.

Wednesday, May 3

NA’AMAT USA Toladah Club holds Dining for Dollars fundraiser. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 6649 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, and 4-10 p.m., 3223 Lake Ave., Wilmette. (20% of bill donated to NA’AMAT USA to raise funds for Israel.)

Project Shalom Bayis holds 22nd Annual Event featuring Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky speaking on “He Said. She Said. The keys to a Happy Home.” 7:30 p.m., Sha’arei Tzedek Mishkan Yair, 2832 W. Touhy, Chicago. $18, $25 couple. (773) 973-5147.

Genesis Theatricals presents play reading of “The Trial of Hershel Green.” 7:30 p.m., Broadway in the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. For cost and tickets: (773) 800-1703.

Thursday, May 4

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center holds special commemoration of the Genocide in Iraq: The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds. 6:30-8 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Reservations required: or (847) 967-4889.

Sunday, May 7

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah presents “The Amazing Journey of the First Fruits,” an original work. Noon, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette.  Suggested donation, $18 adults, $10 ages 5-12. After the show, reserved seat bus ride provided to Ravinia for the Walk with Israel. Reservations for bus seats must be made in advance: (847) 256-1213. $10 box lunches will be available for purchase.

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation holds “Israel Solidarity Day” featuring the Walk with Israel. 1:15 p.m., Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park. Donations accepted. Register, or (312) 444-2905.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents Dr. Menahem Blondheim of Hebrew University speaking on “Why Do Jews Answer Questions With Questions? Why Not?” 2 p.m., 610 S. Michigan, Chicago. $18, $10 Spertus members, $8 students and alumni plus $1.39 fee. Tickets, or call (312) 322-1773. ($8 discount parking at Grant Park South Garage, underground. Discount is good with Spertus validation.)

Tuesday, May 9

Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club hosts discussion on “Something’s Not Right: Jewish and Personal Responses to Learning of a Fetal Problem.” 8-9:30 p.m., Rt. 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. $5 donation encouraged. RSVP (847) 634-0777.

Wednesday, May 11

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center presents Nazi hunter Eli Rosenbaum speaking on identifying and deporting Nazi war criminals hiding in the U.S. 6:30-8 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required: or (847) 967-4889.

Sunday, May 14

The Ark holds “Young Family Volunteering.” 9:30-11 a.m., 6450 N. California, Chicago. Register: Volunteering or (773) 681-8982.

Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois and local Chabad centers present the Great Jewish Family Festival with Jewish Unity Parade, Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, entertainment by Hard Charlie, virtual reality experience by EventHorizonVR, all you can eat food court, shows and concerts, evening bonfire. 2-7 p.m., Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie. For ticket cost and more information: or call (847) 564-8770.

Thursday, May 18

Oriental Institute holds 2017 Gala “Bringing the Past to Light,” honoring Misty and Lewis Gruber. 6:30 p.m. The Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago. For ticket cost and reservations, or (773) 834-9775.

Sunday, May 21

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Young Professional Committee holds “Race For Humanity 5K.” 8-11 a.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Reservations required, or (847) 967-4800.

Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Wisniewski discussing “Algren: A Life.” 2 p.m., Emanuel Congregation, 5959 Sheridan Road, Chicago. $10, free to CJHS and Emanuel members. (312) 663-5634.

The Grande Prairie Singers present “From Moses to Max (Janowski): Jewish Music from Sinai to the Carnegie Deli.” 3 p.m., St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 4101 St. Lawrence Ave., Matteson, IL. $15 advance, $20 door, $10 students with ID. or (708) 481-8684.

Tuesday, May 23

Ketura Hadassah presents Laura Davis Slowey speaking on “Neuro Intensive Training.” 12:30 p.m., Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie. $3. (847) 475-0672.

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