Events Coming Up In Jewish Chicago

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents an evening with novelist James Carroll.

Saturday, January 5

Warm up on a cold winter’s night with a musical Melava Malka featuring the Klezmer Love Machine  at 8 p.m. at Young Israel of WRP, 2706 W. Touhy in Chicago. Complimentary refreshments; pizza available for purchase.  Donation requested.  For more information visit or call 773-501-3728.

Sunday, January 13

“Women-to-Women” invites you their annual Women’s Luncheon. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook, 2095 Landwehr Road, Northbrook. Guest Speaker is Luba Ahuva Perlov, a Chasidic artist, journalist, inspirational speaker, life coach and performer. She has illustrated more than 25 Jewish books for both children and adults, and has authored two books. $54. For reservations and more information call 847-564-8770 or online at

The Men’s Club of Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette will host a Food for Thought Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.  Rick Rosenfeld, Executive Director for Hands of Peace will be the guest speaker discussing empowering young Americans, Israelis and Palestinians as leaders of change.

Monday, January 14

Max and Benny’s is hosting its first “Open Mic” at 7 p.m. Moderator for the event is author and lecturer Richard Reeder. Customers are invited to share stories of family, friendships, work and community. Sign-up to be a storyteller for the evening will begin at 5:30 on a first come basis. The program will start at 7. Stories should be no less than 5 minutes and no more than 10 minutes. For more information, email Richard Reeder at

Friday, January 18

Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a Diversity Weekend. Friday evening Shabbat service at 6 p.m. featuring Rachman Nagwere, Ugandan musical artist and Rabbi Capers Funnye, Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation with a Q&A and dessert reception to follow. Saturday morning Shabbat service at 9:30 a.m. featuring Beth Shalom Cantor Steven Stoehr, The Cantors’ Assembly Mission to Uganda and Stacey Aviva Flint, Intersectionality: Managing Societal Biases as a Black Jewish Woman. Sunday morning speaker at 10 a.m. featuring Imam Hazim Fazlic, The Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago. Open to the community. 3433 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, 847-498-4100.

Saturday, February 16

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents an evening with novelist James Carroll (“Constantine’s Sword-The Church and the Jews”), 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, includes desserts and coffee.  Q&A follows his brief lecture. Open to the community. For more information call 847-675-0951 or visit

Saturday, February 23

Shabbat Yoga, a gentle, relaxing yoga session inspired by Shabbat as a rest day, open to all levels, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Brings together Jewish spiritual heritage and the healing practice of yoga.  Open to the community at no charge at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave, Northbrook, 847-498-4100.

Sunday, February 24

Game Day hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood at Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. Come play Mah Jongg, Canasta and Bridge. Registration/Brunch begins 10:45 a.m., games from 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Cost $50 per person. Contact Andy Widen at or call 847-498-4100.

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