Friday, April 6
Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s documentary ‘Itzhak’ looks beyond the musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. ‘Itzhak’ opens Friday, April 6 at Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and Landmarks Renaissance Place Cinema, Highland Park.
Saturday, April 7
Makom Shalom will hold one last seder as Passover comes to an end. The seder will start at 5 p.m. at Broadway United, 3338 N Broadway, Chicago. Guests will be warmly welcomed for a potluck dinner where ancestral traditions will be shared in the context of their relevance today. Admission will be $25 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit makomshalom.com or call 224-326-3883.
Yakov Strelchin and Leonid Bard hold “Champions Ways: Opening of Stars and Legends Hall of Fame.” 7 p.m., 1400 S. Wolf Road, Suite 100, Wheeling. For more information and tickets: (847) 322-1811.
Sunday, April 8
Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah presents “Resistance Movements and Partisans During the Holocaust.” 10:30 a.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. (847) 256-1213.
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation Men’s Club holds brunch and presents “Jeff and Janis” performing music from the Great American Songbook-The Jewish Journey. 10:30 a.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $15, $18 door. Reservations (847) 675-4141.
Congregation Beth Shalom (in Naperville) presents genealogist Alvin Holtzman speaking on “A DNA Discussion with a DNA Devotee” at Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting. 6:30 p.m., 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville. (312) 666-0100.
Wednesday, April 11
Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies presents Manuel Trajtenberg, Israel Studies Visiting Scholar, speaking on “Israel at 70: Social Fissures, Shared Aspirations,” 4:30 p.m. at McCormick Foundation Center Auditorium located at 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required. (847) 491-2612.
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation Sisterhood presents Executive Director of the Jewish National Fund in Chicago, Marlene Dodinval, at 70th anniversary of Israel luncheon. 11:30 a.m. 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $20 sisterhood members, $25 non-members. Reservations (847) 675-4141.
Thursday, April 12
‘Trezoros’ (Ladino/Judeo Spanish term of endearment meaning “treasures”) is a documentary that chronicles one of many former Sephardic communities which existed in Greece before World War II. Kastoria, an idyllic lakeside setting near the Albanian border, saw Jews and Christians living in harmony for over two millennium. October of 1940 saw Axis forces break through Greek defenses, eventually dooming the Jewish community that had existed since the times of the Roman Empire. The documentary blends rare footage from the pre-war period with testimonies of the survivors. It airs on Channel 11 at 10 p.m.
Friday, April 13
Temple Chai presents “The BDS Movement: the New Anti-Semitism on Campus.” 11:30 a.m., 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. (847) 537-1771.
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat B’Yachad Dinner and Service” for families. 6 p.m., 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. $12 adult; free for kids. RSVP (847) 498-4100.
Aitz Hayim and North Shore Congregation Israel present Rabbi Steven Greenberg speaking on “Ways that Gay Jews can Live Jewishly” at Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by dinner. 6:15 p.m. Also 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 service followed by Kiddush lunch and continued study with Rabbi Greenberg. North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. For Reservations and more information (847) 835-3232.
Temple Beth-El presents artist-in-residence, Noah Aronson, at Shabbat service. 7 p.m.; also 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14 service and casual minyan followed by “Lunch and Learn” brunch and a 7 p.m. evening concert featuring Aronson and his band. 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. For cost information and reservations, contact email@example.com or see www.temple-beth-el.org.
Sunday, April 15
Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah Men’s Club presents Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, son of a Nazi commander that converted to Judaism and became veteran of the Israel Defense Force, at “Food for Thought Breakfast.” 9:30 a.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Donations welcomed. (847) 256-1213.
Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club holds breakfast and presents speaker Fern Schumer. 10 a.m., 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. $7 for breakfast. RSVP (773) 791-3314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Marianne Novak, rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat, teaching on “Sinai and Shavuot: Revolution and Ritual” as the first in the Jewish Intellectual History: The Known and the New series. 8pm, 8825 E Prairie Rd, Skokie. Free. Please register: (847) 674-3473.
Tuesday, April 17
The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest holds “Yom HaZikaron: Israel’s Remembrance Day” ceremony followed by documentary film detailing the life mission of Col. Ilan Ramo “An Article of Hope.” 7 p.m., Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Security check-in at 6 p.m. Photo ID required. email@example.com.
JUF presents David Broza & Friends at Yom Ha’atzmaut/Israel Independence day celebration. 7:30-10:30 p.m., 205 E. Randolph, Chicago. $36 or $70 (includes academic gift.) Register juf.org/Israel70.
Wednesday, April 18
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation Sisterhood holds book discussion of “Waking Lions.” 10:30 a.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. Reservations (847) 675-4141.
Thursday, April 19
North Shore Congregation Israel holds “Jewish National Fund Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration.” 6 p.m., 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. RSVP jnf.org/chicagoyomhaatzmaut.
Congregation Beth Judea presents Steven Peck (formerly of the Israeli Air Force) speaking about military hardware. 8 p.m., Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. RSVP (847) 634-0777.
StandWithUs presents “Align” an evening of networking, drinks, games and a briefing by Deputy Consul General of Israel Itay Milner. 6:30 p.m., The J Parker, 1816 N. Clark, 13th Floor, Chicago. $36 advance, $45 door. Standwithus.com/align.
Friday, April 20
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat with a Twist” for families with children up to Pre-K. 11-11:45 a.m., 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.
Israeli American Council presents “Celebrate Israel: Shishi Israeli” with family programs, music and carnival. 5:30 p.m. Also 8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 and 2-5 p.m., Sunday, April 22. For more information and to register: www.celebrateisraelfestival.org/Chicago or firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 536-3264.
Sunday, April 22
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Marianne Novak, rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat, teaching on “After Revelation, Now What? What did Torah like like in the Biblical Period?” as the second class in the Jewish Intellectual History: The Known and the New series. 8pm, 8825 E Prairie Rd, Skokie. Free. Please register: (847) 674-3473.
Monday, April 23
Friends of the IDF holds 2018 Annual Dinner celebrating 70 years of Israel’s heroes. 5:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. For more information and to purchase tickets (312) 372-8500 or email@example.com.
B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim hosts presentation by author and book signing of “Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World.” 7 p.m., 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. (847) 940-7575.
Tuesday, April 24
Temple Chai presents AJEC lecture. 7:30-9 p.m., 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. (847) 363-3000.
Thursday, April 26
Congregation Beth Shalom presents Bruce Feiler speaking about “The Council of Dads: A Story of Family, Friendship and Learning How to Live.” 8 p.m., 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.
Saturday, April 28
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat Yoga” session. Please bring your own mat. 11 a.m.-noon, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.
Sunday, April 29
Congregation Beth Shalom holds spring blood drive. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 498-4100. To schedule appointment contact lifesource.org and use groupcode NBO5 or contact Steven Elisco, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregation KINS shows film “Driving West Rogers Park: Chicago’s Once and Future Jewish Neighborhood” followed by panel discussion with Dr. Steven Nasatir and Howard Rieger, Ph.D., 9:30 a.m., 2800 W. North Shore, Chicago. Reservations requested. email@example.com.
Project Shalom Bayis holds 23rd Annual Event featuring Rabbi Paysach Krohn speaking on “To Enrich, Enhance and Enjoy: Dealing with the Challenges of Marriage Today.” 7:30 p.m., Shaarei Tzedek Mishkan Yair, 2832 W. Touhy, Chicago. $18, $25 couple. (773) 973-5147.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Malka Simkovich, he Crown-Ryan Chair