Saturday, December 1
Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago presents Rabbi Dani Staum speaking on how to foster atmosphere of derech eretz in our homes. 8 p.m., 8233 Central Park Ave., Skokie. (773) 973-2828.
Sunday, December 2
KAM Isaiah Israel presents ‘Progressives and Israel Today: Criticism and Loyalty,’ in honor of the 10th yahrzeit of Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf. Guest speaker Samuel Fleischacker, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at University of Illinois at Chicago. 3 p.m. followed by concert by Cantor David Berger and Julia Schade Armstrong. 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago. Free and open to the public. (773) 924-1234.
“The Coming Third Era” of Judaism will be discussed at a breakfast, starting at 10:15 a.m. at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie. Leading the program will be Dan Libenson, founder and president of The Institute for the Next Jewish Future, which is a hub for ideas, education, and action dedicated to accelerating bold innovation in Jewish life. Libenson will share his thoughts about today’s Judaism which he sees as a time of transition. “It is analogous to the 40 years in the wilderness, the Babylonian exile or the Yavneh period which was the birth of rabbinic Judaism,” Libenson says. Cost for the breakfast if $5 for members and $8 for non-members and at-the-door. For reservations or for further information, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.
Thursday, December 6
Rock House presents “An Evening of Comedy & Music” with author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman and friends. 7-8:30 p.m., 1742 Glenview Road, Glenview. (224) 616-3062.
Friday, December 7
Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat with a Twist” for families with children up to Pre-K. 11-11:45 a.m., also 11-11:45 a.m., Friday, December 21. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 498-4100.
Sunday, December 9
“Rock of Ages” – a rock and folk music review featuring four bands – will take the stage to celebrate Chanukah, 3:30 pm, at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong. 4500 Dempster, Skokie. As an added attraction there will be a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony. Food will be available for purchase. Suggested donation for the program is $5 per person and $10 per family. (847) 675-4141 or go to www.ehnt.org.
Tuesday, December 11
Jewish War Veterans, Buffalo Grove Post & Auxiliary #89 holds annual “Chanukah Celebration.” 11:30 a.m., Continental Restaurant, 788 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove. For more information call Sue at (847) 383-6787.
Tuesday, December 18
Nefesh B’Nefesh, the organization dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America and the U.K. by removing or minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of Aliyah, will provide prospective immigrants to Israel with the opportunity to have all their Aliyah questions answered under one roof at an informational Aliyah fair in Chicago. The event will take place at the Doubletree Skokie from 6:30–10 p.m. Visit: https://events.nbn.org.il/Event.aspx?id=515356672
Monday, December 24
Join Weinstein and Piser Funeral Home for ‘Is Comedy Dead?’ featuring Rabbi and comedian Barry Schechter and Aaron Friedman from the Bible Players of New York. General Admission tickets $18 in advance or $25 on show day. Proceeds go to benefit Keshet. Dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. 111 Skokie Blvd Wilmette. (847) 256-5700.