Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

The annual Passover tradition asks: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This year, Emanuel Congregation answers this question with the first-ever Passover-themed Escape Room in Chicago. “Escape from Egypt” allows 45 minutes for teams to solve expertly crafted puzzles, infused with meaningful Jewish content in order to gain their freedom.

Sunday, March 18

Temple Beth-El presents Israeli news reporter Gil Tamary at JUF brunch. 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. RSVP (847) 205-9982.

Emanuel Congregation presents Alan Solow, former advisor to Obama Administration, discussing “Jewish Perspective from the White House.” 10:30 a.m., 5959 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago. (312) 485-0053.

StandWithUs Chicago presents “The BDS Movement: The New Antisemitism on Campus.” 11:30 a.m., Temple Jeremiah, 937 N. Happ Road, Northfield. (847) 441-5760.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership presents former governors Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) and Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) in Critical Conversations Series inaugural event. 4:30 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Chicago. $36.

Tuesday, March 20

Keturah Hadassah holds meeting and program on “Remarkable Jewish Women Inventors” with speaker Hyma Levin. 12:30 p.m., Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie. $3. (630) 294-7247.

Wednesday, March 21

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation Sisterhood holds “Sixth Annual Women’s Seder, “Voices of Wisdom: Stories of Our Mothers.” 7:30 p.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $12 Sisterhood members, $15 non-members and door. Reservations (847) 675-4141.

Chicago International Film Festival shows Israeli TV drama “Your Honor.” AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago $10. (312) 683-0121 or

Thursday, March 22

Max and Benny’s Restaurant holds “Comedy Nosh” and dinner featuring Larry Bloom, Kristen Lundberg, Gia Claire and Richard Laible. Full service dinner from special limited menu. Dinner at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook. $35 or $60 for 2.  Register at (847) 272-9490

Debbie Sue Goodman presents “An Evening of Comedy & Music.” 8-9 p.m., Rock House, 1742 Glenview Road, Glenview. (224) 616-3062.

Saturday, March 24

Temple Beth Israel presents “Not Your Grandma’s Bingo-the Sequel.” 7 p.m., 3601 W. Dempster, Skokie. $25. Register (847) 675-0951.

Sunday, March 25

Midwest Jewish Play Writing Contest. Continuum Theater and the Jewish Plays Project present scenes from news plays competing to be named Best Jewish Play. $20. 7 p.m., Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters, Northbrook. Call (800) 831-3006, ext. 1.

Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Passover Dessert Chocolate Seder” for families with special needs. 2-3:30 p.m., 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook.  RSVP (847) 498-4100 or

Congregation Solel holds “A Women’s Seder to Celebrate.” 5 p.m., 1301 Clavey Road, Highland Park. $36 or $360 for table of ten. (847) 433-3555

Saturday, March 31

Temple Beth Israel (TBI) holds annual Congregational Second Seder. TBI to provide traditional meal. Please bring for your family: hard boiled, peeled eggs; Kosher for Passover matzah, wine and/or grape juice. 6-9 p.m., 3601 W. Dempster, Skokie. $36 adults, $12 children 2-12. Reservations (847) 675-0951.

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