Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Chicago Jewish Historical Society present “Chicago Jewish Architects: A Legacy of Modernism.”

Saturday, February 24

Kol Sasson Congregation presents Israeli activist Elliot Glassenberg speaking about the asylum-seeker crisis occurring in Israel during morning Shabbat service. Also at 7 p.m., Sunday, February 25 Kol Sasson will show film documentary “Levinsky Park” followed by panel discussion with Glassenberg. 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. $5 for film. for more information.

Makom Shalom will hold its annual Purim party from 4 to 8 p.m. at BUMC, 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago. The party will feature crafts and games, a strolling balloon twister magician, a costume parade and a pizza and salad dinner. Rabbi Michael will read from the Megillah and groggers will be rattled. The party will end with a community Havdalah service. Admission is $15 for an adult member, $20 for an adult nonmember, and $5 for each child. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. For more information visit

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: 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

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, 

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.

Friday, March 2

Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat with a Twist” for families with children up to pre-K. 11-11:45 a.m. Also Friday, March 16, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.

Saturday, March 3

Gene Siskel Theater shows film documentary “American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs.” 164 N. State Street, Chicago. For tickets and show times call (312) 846-2600.

Ezra Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation presents “Saving Mordecai” a Purim Parody. 8 p.m., also 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4. 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $20 advance, $25 door. $10 children under 12 in advance, $12 door. (847) 675-4141.

Sunday, March 4

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah holds Purim Carnival with games, rides, bouncing inflatables, music, food. Come dressed in costume. 11 a.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. (847) 256-1213.

Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Purim Carnival.” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. No entrance fee but $5 for 10 shekels for games, food, etc. (847) 498-5352 or

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.

Congregation Beth Judea holds annual Passover wine tasting. 2-4 p.m., Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. $5. RSVP (847) 634-0777.

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

Congregation Beth Judea presents Rabbi Klatzker in discussion of how the Qu’ran relates to Jews, Torah and Jewish Tradition. 8-9:15 p.m., Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. RSVP (847) 634-0777.

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.

Friday, March 9

Congregation Beth Judea presents Moshe Noyovich, American Friends of Magen David Adom Senior Israel Representative, speaking on various AFMDA programs during Friday evening service. Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. RSVP (847) 634-0777 and for information as to time of service.

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.

Ezra Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation presents historian Jonathan Brent, Executive Director and CEO of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research speaking on ”Rare Works and the Reclamation of the Cultural History of European Jews.” 3 p.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. (847) 675-4141.

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation and Beit Musica present “Bchol Dor Vador,” a Jewish music concert featuring composer Noah Aronson, Cantor Pavel Roytman, Laurie Akers, the BHBE and Or Shalom childrens’ choirs and Todd Kessler. 3 p.m., Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism, 1221 Lake Cook Road, Highland Park. $20 advance, $25 door. (847) 256-1213 or (847) 432-7950.

Keshet holds 30th Annual Keshet Rainbow Banquet honoring Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed, Agudath Israel of Illinois, Brad and Jennifer Kotler. Hyatt Regency Chicago. For information as to location address, cost and time call (847) 205-1234 or see

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