Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois presents “Soul Strings” in commemoration of the yartzeit of Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz featuring Rabbi Manis Friedman speaking on “Why is it so Hard to be Happy?”

Saturday, February 10

Temple Beth Israel holds “Havdalah and a Movie” featuring “Norman.” Dinner at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m., 3601 W. Dempster, Skokie. $10 for dinner, movie is free. (847) 675-0951.

Sunday, February 11

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents “Besa: The Promise,” story of Muslim Albanians who saved lives of 2,000 Jews during WWII. 2-4 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free with Museum admission. (847) 967-4889.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership shows documentary “Body and Soul: An American Bridge” featuring Louis Armstrong. 2 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $18, $10 Spertus members, $8 Spertus students and alumni. (312) 322-1773.

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Sisterhood presents “Divas on the Bima” concert featuring four women cantors, Pavel Roytman and children’s choir. 4 p.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane Wilmette. $36. (847) 256-1213.

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation shows film “Women’s Balcony” preceded by dinner and services. 5:30 p.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. Advance registration required. (847) 492-5200.

Tuesday, February 13

Chicago Sinai Congregation presents Aviva Kempner’s “Rosenwald” followed by panel discussion with Aviva Kempner, Rabbi Seth M. Limmer, Dr. Barbara Bowman and Peter Ascoli. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago. For more information: (312) 867-7000.

Wednesday, February 14

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation presents DePaul University professor Judith Rae Ross discussing “The Marriage of Opposites.” 10:30 a.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. (847) 675-4141.

Thursday, February 15

Central Synagogue of Chicago presents musicians Daniel Kurganov (violin) and Constantine Finehouse (piano) in concert celebrating 130th Anniversary. 7 p.m., Pianoforte, 1335 S. Michigan, Chicago. $18, $9 students. (312) 787-0450.

Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois  presents “Soul Strings” in commemoration of the yartzeit of Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz featuring Rabbi Manis Friedman speaking on “Why is it so Hard to be Happy?” and Chassidic Folk band Rogers Park. 7:30 p.m., Nichols Music Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $18. Registration and tickets: chabadIllinois.com/soulstrings.

Saturday, February 17

Congregation Beth Shalom present Havdalah, Dinner and a Movie showing film, “Wedding Doll.” 5:30-10 p.m., 3433 Walters, Northbrook. $25 non-members. RSVP (847) 498-4100 ext. 46.

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

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah shows film comedy “A Matter of Size.” 7:30 p.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. $10 suggested donation. (847) 256-1213.

Sunday, February 18

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership shows documentary “Mandala Beats” featuring bass guitarist Yossi Fine. 2 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $18, $10 Spertus members, $8 Spertus students and alumni. (312) 322-1773.

Eshel Chicago goes “Bowling.” A group for LGBTQA+Orthodox people of all ages and their families. 4-6 p.m. $13. For more information and RSVP, contact Chicago@eshelonline.org.

Old Town School of Music presents Israeli singer Idan Raichel. Athenaeum Theatre, 7 p.m., 2936 N. Southport, Chicago. $45-$55. (773) 935-6875.

Wednesday, February 21

Adult Jewish Education Co-op presents Lena Kushnir speaking on “Raising a Mensch in an Age of Entitlement.” 10 a.m.-noon. Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. $15. (847) 363-0000.

Saturday, February 24

Congregation Beth Shalom holds Shabbat Yoga class. Bring your own mat. 11 a.m.-noon, 3433 Walters, Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.

Sunday, February 25

Israeli American Council holds International Women’s Day 2018 featuring keynote speaker, Andrea Zopp, lunch and mimosas. 12:30 p.m., IAC Merkaz (Center,) 2nd Floor, 2464 N. Clybourn, Chicago. $36 advance, $45 door, $20 students. Tickets: IsraeliAmerican.org/Chicago wonder woman.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents “We Are the White Rose: Teen Voices of Resistance” followed by talk back with cast. 2-3:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free with Museum admission. (847) 967-4800.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership shows documentary “On the Banks of the Tigris” featuring Iraqi-Australian Majid Shokor. 2 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $18, $10 Spertus members, $8 Spertus students and alumni. (312) 322-1773.

YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago holds annual dinner honoring Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Reuven and Dr. Nechama Brand. Pre-dinner shiur by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont. For more information, contact Rabbi Yaakov Frankiel, (773) 973-6557 ext. 102 or www.chicagotorah.org.

Monday, February 26

Rogers Park Public Library presents Bena Shklyanov speaking on “Living History: The Immigrant Experience From Russia to Rogers Park.” 6:30-8 p.m. 6907 N. Clark, Chicago. (773) 968-1216.

Tuesday, February 27

Keturah Hadassah holds open meeting featuring Cynthia Lerner as Golda Meir, the ‘Iron Lady” of Israeli politics. 12:30 p.m., Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie. $3. (847) 675-5873.

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, Temple Sholom will feature a lecture by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman titled “How to Thrive When the World Gets Fast.” There will be a book signing following the lecture.  Temple Sholom members are free, non-member tickets are $15. 7 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. For more information, call (773) 525-4707. To register online go to www.sholomchicago.org/150th/friedman/. 

Wednesday, February 28

SelfHelp Home presents Megilla Reading with Jonathan Schwartz. 4 p.m., 908 W. Argyle, Chicago. (773) 271-0300 ext. 5873.

Thursday, March 1

SelfHelp Home holds Purim Celebration with Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. 2 p.m., 908 W. Argyle, Chicago. (773) 271-0300.

Wednesday, March 7

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center holds 2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner honoring Mitchell Feiger and Robert R. McCormick Foundation with keynote speaker former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. For more information, (847) 967-4852 or dinner@ilhmec.org.

Thursday, March 8

Moriah Congregation holds Judaic Art and Jewelry Fair “Art with a Jewish Soul.” 7-10 p.m.; also 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, March 9; 8:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, March 11. 200 Taub Drive, Deerfield. $10. (847) 948-5340.

Sunday, March 11

Chicago Jewish Historical Society present “Chicago Jewish Architects: A Legacy of Modernism.” 2 p.m., Temple Beth Israel, 3601 Dempster, Skokie. $10, free to Society members and TBI synagogue members. (312) 663-5634.

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