Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents “Turning Points in Zionist History.”

Saturday, September 30

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation holds free, special High Holiday Family Service. 9:45 a.m., 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie. More information (847) 675-4141.

Sunday, October 1

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents Terri Hemmert spotlighting musicians who have responded to social issues through their music. 2-3:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Reservations required. For more information contact (847) 967-4800 or

Wednesday, October 4

Temple Beth Israel hosts ”Why Does It Always Rain on Sukkot?” followed by pizza. 5:30 p.m., 3601 Dempster, Skokie. $8, $30 household. Reservations, or (847) 675-0951.   

Saturday, October 7

Victory Gardens Theater hosts “Chicago Stories Gala” a night of dinner, drinks, dancing and celebration honoring Anne Pramaggiore, Chris Collins, Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg. 6:30 p.m., The Ritz Carlton Hotel, 160 East Pearson St., Chicago. $500. Tickets and more information, (773) 328-2146.

Sunday, October 8

Chicago a capella presents “Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish.” 4 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 722 W. 5th Ave., Naperville. Also, 8 p.m., Saturday, October 14, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago; 4 p.m., Sunday, October 15, West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest; and 4 p.m., Sunday, October 22, Nichols Concert hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $43 preferred, $35 general, $30 seniors, $15 students. For tickets and more information (773) 281-7820 or

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregations Men’s Club hosts “Scotch and Steak in the Sukkah.” 5-8 p.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. $40. RSVP (847) 256-1213.

Tuesday, October 10

SelfHelp Home holds Sukkot Celebration featuring Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and Sister Act!  2 p.m., 908 W. Argyle, Chicago. Reservations, or (773) 271-0300.

Wednesday, October 11

Temple Beth Israel holds ”Simchas Torah Celebration” with dinner. 6:30 p.m., 3601 Dempster, Skokie. Reservations and more information, or (847) 675-0951.   

Saturday, October 14

Debbie Sue Goodman presents “An Evening of Comedy & Music.” 7-8:30 p.m., Euro Echo Café, 7919 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (847) 213-0598.

Sunday, October 15

B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom presents Maggie Anton discussing her book “Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You Know What.” 1:30 p.m., 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. (708) 799-4110.

Tuesday, October 17

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education center hosts “Friends, Fun & Games.” Please bring your own games. Lunch and candy served. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. $65 members, $85 non-members (includes one year individual membership.) RSVP (847) 967-4505 or

Central Synagogue of Chicago presents “Jewish Yoga-Entering the New Year” with instructor Lynn Liebling. Bring your own yoga mat. 6:30 p.m., 122 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1449, Chicago. $20. RSVP required. (312) 787-0450.

Sunday, October 22

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents “Turning Points in Zionist History.” 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $25, $20 Spertus members, $10 students, Spertus and Indiana University alumni. Ticket prices include lunch. (312) 322-1773.

B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom presents Karen Kaplan discussing her book “Descendants of Rajgrod: Learning to Forgive.” 1:30 p.m., 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. (708) 799-4110.

Thursday, October 26

Shabbat Project Chicago holds “Chicago Challah Bake,” hosted by jccchicago, Lake County JCC, Bernard Weinger JCC, Florence G. Heller JCC and University of Illinois Champaign. Learn more and sign up at:

Friday, October 27

Shabbat Project Chicago invites Jews from around the word, from
all walks of life — traditional, secular, religious, young and old — to
join together to celebrate Shabbat. Learn more and sign up at:

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