Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

The Grande Prairie Singers present “From Moses to Max (Janowski): Jewish Music from Sinai to the Carnegie Deli.”

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.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center shows film “Remember” about Zev, who discovers that the Nazi Guard who murdered his family is living in America under an assumed identity, followed by audience talk-back. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free with Museum admission. (847) 967-4800.

Saturday, May 27

Young Israel of West Rogers Park presents a Musical Café with musical guest “The Voyage.” 10:15 p.m., 2706 W. Touhy, Chicago. Suggested donation, $10 adults, $5 students.

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