Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Friday, May 25

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El holds 70th Anniversary B’nai Mitzvah Reunion. 5-9 p.m. Also 8:50 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Friday night dinner, $30 age 13 and under, $13 age 12 and under. Free on Saturday. Preregistration required: (847) 722-9142 or

Tuesday, May 29

Mayer Kaplan JCC shows Episodes 1 and 2 of Israeli TV Series, Shtisel followed by discussion led by Malka Simkovitch. 7 p.m., 5050 Church, Skokie. $10. (847) 763-3500.

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

The Selfhelp Home presents Dan Kuhn, LCWS speaking on “Use It or Lose It Minding Your Memory.” 5:30-7 p.m. 908 W. Argyle, Chicago. Complimentary valet parking provided. For more information and to RSVP contact Lisa Graziano (630) 499-6157 or 1 hour continuing education credit provided for certain professionals.

Congregation Beth Shalom presents HAZAK light dinner and discussion for adults over age 55 featuring Rabbi Carl and Judy Wolkin: “A Jewish Year in Our Lives.” 6:30-8:15 p.m., 3433 Walters, Northbrook. $15 members, $20 non-members. RSVP (847) 498-4100.

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.

Thursday, May 31

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

Friday, June 1

Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat with a Twist” for families with children up to P re-K. 11-11:45 a.m., also Friday, June 15. 3433 Walters, Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation presents Rabbi Jeffrey Weill and the Koleinu Band performing in a musical Shabbat. 7:30 p.m., Devonshire Park, 4422 Greenwood, Skokie. (847) 675-4141.

Sunday, June 3

Friends of Yad Sarah presents Adele Goldberg speaking on Israel’s Critical Needs, Yad Sarah’s Life-Changing Solutions. 9:30 a.m., Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, 70 E. Elm St., Chicago. RSVP (312) 337-6811 or

Chicago Jewish Day School holds celebration in honor of completion of Phase 1 of the CJDS New Campus Project. 10:30 a.m., 3730 N. California Ave., Chicago. RSVP (773) 271-2700.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents “Women of Jewish Comedy.” 2-3:30 p.m., 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $18, $10 Spertus members, $8 students and Spertus alumni. (312) 322-1773 or

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents David Shyovitz speaking on “The Islamic Golden Age and the Translation of Jewish Culture.” 8 p.m., 8825 E. Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3472.

Tuesday, June 5

Friendship Circle of Illinois will hold an Evening of Inspiration and Fellowship Award Ceremony   
at 7 p.m. at Field School Auditorium, 3131 Techny Rd., Northbrook.  Featuring  Lloyd Bachrach, athlete, motivational speaker and author. Recognizing local dedicated teen volunteers for their commitment to children with disabilities. Dessert buffet to follow. Suggested donation $36.

Anshe Emet Synagogue holds “Conversation with Ron Dermer,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. 8 p.m., 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago. (773) 281-1423. Register at:

Thursday, June 7

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs holds 2018 Acts of Change Dinner honoring Peggy Slater. 5:45 p.m. Galleria Marchetti, 825 Erie St., Chicago. For more information and to register contact (312) 663-0960 or

Sunday, June 10

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership holds “Gallery Talk” with artists Nelly Agassi, Dianna Frid, Matthew Girson, Roni Packer and Rana Siegel discussing their work. 3 p.m., 610 S. Michigan, Chicago. Reservations appreciated. (312) 322-1700.

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents David Shyovitz speaking on “Spreading Secrets: Philosophical and Mystical Esotericism in Medieval Sephard.” 8 p.m., 8825 E. Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3472.

Sunday, June 17

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob presents David Shyovitz speaking on “Piety and Polemic: The Jews of Medieval Ashkenaz.” 8 p.m., 8825 E. Prairie Road, Skokie. Register (847) 674-3472.

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