Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Sidney & Frances Avner Torah Learning Center of Northbrook presents Dr. Avivah Zornberg speaking on “Isaac: Blindness and Blessing.” - New Photo courtesy of Joan Roth 2014

Saturday, May 6

Shir Hadash presents the Million Dollar Blues Band in “Cruisin’ Through the Blues” accompanied by visual presentation of archived photographs of musical icons. 6:30 p.m., 200 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling. Freewill donations gratefully accepted. (847) 498-8218.

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.)

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School shows film documentary “Better Together Names, Not Numbers” by its 8th grade students paired with Holocaust survivors. 5 p.m., Fairview South, 7040 N. Laramie, Skokie. For reservations and dedication level donations call (847) 674-6533.  

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.

Saturday, May 13

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation’s Sisterhood holds “Sisterhood Shabbat” followed by Kiddush lunch. 9:30 a.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. (847) 675-4141.

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.

Tuesday, May 16

Northbrook Community Synagogue’s Women’s Havura holds dinner and bingo event. 6:30 p.m., 2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook. $18. RSVP: (847) 509-9204.

Sidney & Frances Avner Torah Learning Center of Northbrook presents Dr. Avivah Zornberg speaking on “Isaac: Blindness and Blessing.” 7:30 p.m., Skokie Doubletree Chicago North Shore, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $18 advance, $25 door. Reservations, or (847) 272-7255.

StandWithUs Chicago presents “Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus” illustrating how anti-Semitism is being made fashionable at many American universities. 7:30-9 p.m., Congregation Or Torah, 3800 Dempster, Skokie. (847) 679-3645.

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.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, with JCC Chicago, presents Chicago film premiere of “Past Life” following journey of two Israeli sisters as they unravel mystery related to their father’s survival in Poland during WW II. Based on the diaries of Dr. Baruch Milch. 8:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. For in-formation on cost and reservations, call (847) 967-4889 or go to

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.

Wednesday, May 24

Avodah Chicago holds 2017 “Partners in Justice” event honoring Drs. Michelle Gittler and Lee Francis; and Avodah Alumna Elli Krandel. 6:30-9 p.m., Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armour St., Chicago. For invitation, costs and more information, e-mail Leah Greenblum,

Thursday, May 25

Debbie Sue Goodman presents “An Evening of Comedy and Music.” 7:30 p.m., Rockhouse Glenview, 1742 Glenview Road, Glenview. (224) 616-3062.

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