Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Wisniewski discussing “Algren: A Life.”

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

Keturah Hadassah holds one hundred year anniversary of opening of Edgewater Beach Hotel. Lunch optional at restaurant in Andersonville. 10:30 a.m., Edgewater Historical Society and Museum, 5358 N. Ashland, Chicago. $10 donation to Hadassah (lunch not included.) RSVP (773) 761-6862 or (630) 294-7247.

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.

Wednesday, May 17

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah hosts International Festival of Jewish Culture “Shalom Jerusalem.”  7:30 p.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. $25.

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. Free with Museum admission. Reservations, call (847) 967-4889 or go to

Saturday, May 20

More than 25,000 people are expected in Skokie’s Oakton Park on May 20-21, to celebrate the 27th Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures, where they will savor exotic tastes, listen to the traditional sounds of ethnic music, and experience the many cultures, languages and traditions that make up the Skokie community. The 35 cultures represented at the festival will range from Haitian to Hellenic, Tibetan to Turkish — and Laotian to Lithuanian. Oakton Park is located at 4701 Oakton St., in Skokie. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, ending at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call the Skokie Park District at (847) 674-1500 or visit

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.

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation shows film documentary “Hava Nagila-The Movie” with brunch and discussion. 10 a.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $12 donation with reservation, $15 door. Reservations (847) 675-4141.

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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