Events Coming Up In Jewish Chicago

Nefesh B’Nefesh—the organization dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America 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.

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.

‘Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently’ will feature Amy-Jill Levine at 8 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters, Northbrook.  The program is free and open to the public. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. (847) 498- 4100 or www.BethShalomNB.org.

Thursday, December 13

WTTW Channel 11 will present ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas’ at 9 p.m. which tells the story of the unlikely Jewish immigrants who, enamored with Broadway and Hollywood, wrote some of the most popular songs in America: Christmas music. The doc features rarely seen archival footage, musical performances, and interviews.

Monday, December 17

‘The World War II Letters of Sam Lesner,’ a book talk by Roberta Lesner Bernstein and Judy Lesner Holstein will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Max and Benny’s Restaurant, Deli and Bakery, 461 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook. Sam Lesner was the award-winning movie critic of the Chicago Daily News. During World War II. He served in the Army Medical Corps. He wrote daily letters to his wife Esther, where he talked about the war in all its aspects. His letters tell stories about Jewish soldiers conducting a Rosh Hashanah service and being discovered by Jewish partisan fighters, hiding in the woods; and about significant connections with other Jewish soldiers and Jewish survivors. In 2004, his daughters accidentally found his box of letters, long after his passing in 1990, and embarked upon the task of fulfilling his plan to put his letters into a book.

Tuesday, December 18

Nefesh B’Nefesh—the organization dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah from North America 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. The event will take place at the Doubletree Skokie from 6:30– 10 p.m.  Attendees will meet with Aliyah professionals and receive step-by-step guidance from experts regarding the most important details pertaining to Aliyah planning and starting a new life in Israel. Israeli vendors and service providers will be on hand from various sectors including: employment, insurance, accounting, real estate, communities, budgeting and financial planning, schools and education, shipping, Aliyah rights and benefits and planning.

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.

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