Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Friends of the IDF holds 2018 Annual Dinner celebrating 70 years of Israel’s heroes.

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 rubybux@comcast.net.

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. culture@chicago.mfa.gov.il.

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 zerzion@mac.com 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 illinois@fidf.org.

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. Jewish-studies@northwestern.edu.

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, swelisco@eliscodesign.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. jccwrp@gowrp.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.

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