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.
Illini Hillel Cohen Center for Jewish Life on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana holds 10th anniversary luncheon featuring speaker Dean Jeffry R. Brown. For additional information as to location, cost and admission contact Bari Goldman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois holds meeting featuring Andrew Zalewski speaking on “Gesher Galicia: What’s New and What’s Coming Soon.” 1 p.m., Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. (312) 666-0100.
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 1
Torah Learning Center of Northbrook presents Dr. Avivah Zornberg speaking on “Exodus: Narrative or Anti-Narrative?” 7 p.m., Skokie DoubleTree Chicago North Shore, 9559 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie. $18 advance, $25 door. RSVP (847) 272-7255.
Wednesday, May 2
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents Dr. Karen Fraiman speaking on ”Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State: Questions, Explorations and Implications.” 7:45-9:15 p.m.; also Wednesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 16, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 N. Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $75, $60 Spertus and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El members, $40 students and Spertus Alumni. Registration (312) 322-1773.
Thursday, May 3
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation Sisterhood presents Renee Rosen speaking on her new book, “Windy City Blues” followed by dessert reception. 7:30 p.m., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. $10 Sisterhood members, $15 non-members and door. Reservations (847) 675-4141.
Friday, May 4
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat with a Twist” for families with children up to Pre-K. 11-11:45 a.m.; also Friday, May 18, 3433 Walters, Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.
Saturday, May 5
Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah holds “Inclusion Shabbat.” 11 a.m.-noon. Men’s Club Auditorium, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. (847) 256-1213.
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabba-Teen Shabbat Experience” for 9th-12th graders. 10:30 a.m.-noon, 3433 Walters, Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.
Sunday, May 6
Simon Wiesenthal Center hosts “Building Bridges on Campus: College Preparation for High School Students.” 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in Evanston. (Location address provided upon registration. Register at: http://bit.ly/bridgesoncampus.
SelfHelp Home presents mentalist Sidney Friedman. 11:30 a.m., 908 W. Argyle, Chicago. For tickets and more information (773) 271-0300.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Malka Simkovich speaking on “Was Second Temple Judaism Really Sectarian? And if so, What’s a Sect?” 8 p.m., 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3473.
Tuesday, May 8
Ketura Hadassah holds fundraiser at Graziano’s (20% of order goes to Ketura.) Dine in or carry out. After 4 p.m., 5960 Touhy, Niles. (847) 647-4096
Thursday, May 10
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents “A Bintel Brief: The Dear Abby Column of the Forverts.” 11 a.m., Oakton Community College, Skokie. 7701 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (847) 635-1600
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat B’Yachad Dinner and Service” for families with children first grade and younger. 6 p.m., 3433 Walters, Northbrook. $25 immediate family. RSVP to Matt: MRissien@BethShalomNB.org.
Raue Center for the Arts presents Rita Rudner. 8 p.m., 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $35-$45.rauecenter.org or (815) 356-9212.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Malka Simkovich speaking on “Philo of Alexandria: His Life, Thought, and Lasting Impact.” 8 p.m., 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3473.
Monday, May 14
Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation AG Beth Israel, 7117 N. Crawford Ave., Lincolnwood, will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with a concert ‘The World of Jewish Music’ featuring Chazzan Alberto Mizrahi. 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (847) 676-0491. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation presents “New Neighborhood Libraries and Affordable Senior Housing, Together: What’s Not to Like?” following Shabbat service. 8:15 p.m., 303 Dodge Ave., Evanston. (847) 328-7678 or email@example.com.
Ketura Hadassah presents singer Heather Braoudakis performing songs from the 1950’s. 12:30 p.m., Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie. $3. (847) 673-0773.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents Barry Wimpfheimer speaking on “The Talmud as Icon.” 8 p.m., 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3473.
Wednesday, May 30
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois holds meeting featuring Alvin Holtzman speaking on “A DNA Discussion with a DNA Devotee.” 7 p.m. (help desk and library open at 5:30 p.m.) Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. (312) 666-0100.