Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

‘High Holiday Humor with Rabbi Barry Schechter.’ Get ready for the High Holidays with an afternoon of humor and community with “Chicago’s Funniest Rabbi.”

Sunday, December 16

Amateur genealogist Zalman Usiskin will share “Stories about Things I’ve

Learned from Doing Genealogy” at a special  luncheon meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at  Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. His presentation starts at 2 p.m. Usiskin has been interested in the

genealogy of the various branches of his family since he was a teenager. Over the years, he has compiled trees on three of his four grandparents with a total of more than 4,800 named relatives.

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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