Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Moriah Congregation holds Judaic Art and Jewelry Fair “Art with a Jewish Soul.”

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.

Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School holds Tribute Dinner celebrating the life of Seymour J. Abrams and honoring Alvin and Barbara Doppelt. 5:30 p.m., Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Chicago. $150. Reservations: mwolf@clhds.com or dinner@clhds.com.

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

Tuesday, February 20

The film ‘On the Map’ tells the story of how in 1977, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team prevailed over CSKA Moscow (known in the West as Red Army). Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody famously said, “Israel is on the map, not just in sport, but in everything.” Brody was an All-American at the University of Illinois in 1965. The story of this triumph against all odds is told through the eyes of six American basketball players who joined Maccabi Tel Aviv. 7 p.m. at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago. No cost to attend. To register, go to ansheemet.org or call (773) 281-1423.

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.

Friday, February 23

Temple Beth Israel presents Rabbi David Saperstein speaking in honor of TBI’s Centennial Celebration at Erev Shabbat services followed by Oneg. 7:30 p.m., 3601 W. Dempster, Skokie. (847) 675-0951.

Saturday, February 24

On Shabbat morning, Feb. 24, Kol Sasson Congregation will host Israeli activist Elliot Glassenberg, speaking about the asylum-seeker crisis occurring in Israel and what the North American Jewish community can do to address the plight of thousands of Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers—survivors of genocide and persecution—who are in danger of deportation.  The event take place at Kol Sasson Congregation, 8825 East Prairie Rd., Skokie. For more information, contact Phyllis Nutkis at Phyllis.nutkis@gmail.com.

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

Sunday, February 25

Congregation Beth Judea holds Purim Carnival. Tots, 11-noon; all others noon-2 p.m., Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777.

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.

Kol Sasson hosts a 7:00 p.m. screening of “Levinsky Park” a documentary which presents a clash of two worlds: that of long time residents who have lived in the area since the aftermath of WW ll; and that of thousands of recent migrants and refugees, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, who cross the desert to reach freedom. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion/Q and A with Glassenberg; Eritrean refugee Dawit; and Adi Lerner, Program Director at the Westside Justice Center. Suggested minimum donation is $5 per person. The event takes place at Kol Sasson Congregation, 8825 East Prairie Rd., Skokie. For more information, contact Phyllis Nutkis at Phyllis.nutkis@gmail.com.

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.  Register, 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.

Temple Beth Israel holds Purim Carnival with Megillah Reading and dinner. 6 p.m., 3601 W. Dempster, Skokie. $10 adult, $8 child, $30 household. Reservations (847) 675-0951.

Thursday, March 1

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

Sunday, March 4

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents University of Utah Law Professor and retired lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, Amos N. Guiora speaking on his book “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust.” 2-3:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free with Museum admission. (847) 967-4889.

Wednesday, March 7

Congregation Ezras Israel’s Sweet Singers hold meeting. 10 a.m., 7201 N. California, Chicago. (773) 764-8320.

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.

Letters written by Sholem Aleichem. A postcard hand-written by Marc Chagall. Five notebooks of Yiddish poetry. Yiddish theater scripts including one of “Sherlock Holmes.” Fragments of an 1877 manuscript of the first Yiddish “best-seller.” These and many more treasures will be part of a lecture and presentation of significant artifacts rescued from the Nazis, at 3 p.m., at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. The program “Rare Works and the Reclamation of the Cultural History of European Jews” will be presented by historian Jonathan Brent, Executive Director and CEO of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call  847-675-4141 or go to www.ehnt.org.

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