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 speaking on “Sinai and Shavuot: Revolution and Ritual.” 8 p.m., 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. 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
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation presents Rabbi Victor Weisberg speaking on role diaspora plays in formation of Jewish world outlook. 10 a.m. following 9:30 minyan and light breakfast. 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $5 advance, $8 door. Reservations (847) 675-4141.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Marianne Novak speaking on “After Revelation, Now What? What did Torah Look Like in the Biblical Period?” 8 p.m., 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. 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.
Tuesday, April 24
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents Rabbi Dr. Jodi Kornfeld speaking on Jewish Art, “On the Walls and Through the Windows.” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $25, $20 Spertus members, $10 students and alumni (costs includes lunch.) (312) 322-1773.
Ketura Hadassah holds meeting and shows film “The Immigrant Experience” presented by Steven Frenzel. 12:30 p.m., Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie. (847) 675-5873.
Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies presents Stefano Perfetti speaking on “Songs of Praise in a Broken World: Leonard Cohen from Story of Isaac to You Want It Darker.” 7 p.m., Norris University Center, Northwestern Room, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. Jewishfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Chai presents AJEC lecture. 7:30-9 p.m., 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. (847) 363-3000.
Thursday, April 26
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.
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
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents “Degenerate Art” featuring Fifth House Ensemble and panel discussion. 2-4 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $18, $10 Spertus members, $8 students and alumni. (312) 322-1773.
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, email@example.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 speaking on “Real Messiahs, False Messiahs, and Half-Messiahs: Apocalypticism and Messianism in Early Judaism.” 8 p.m., 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3473.