Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong. offers a fun afternoon of lunch and an Israeli movie, “The Band’s Visit.”

Wednesday, February 6

Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie, offers a fun afternoon of lunch and an Israeli movie, starting at 11:30 am. “The Band’s Visit” is a comedy but also a serious film about eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra.  They arrive, by mistake, in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert. Their booking was set for a different city, and with no transportation out of the town or any hotels to stay at, the band settles at a restaurant which offers them lodging. Overcoming ethnic barriers, the Egyptians find diversion and companionship with the Israelis through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy. Fee for the afternoon is $20 for Sisterhood members and $25 for non-members and at-the-door. For reservations or for further information, contact the synagogue office at 847-675-4141 or go the website at

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.

Sunday, March 10

The Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents Eric Benjaminson, American career diplomat, historian and author in an illustrated talk, “A Regiment of Immigrants: The 82nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and its Jewish Community-founded Company C during the Civil War.” 2 p.m. Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd. A social hour with kosher pastries to follow. General Admission $10 per person at the door, CJHS and Emanuel members free. (312) 663-5634 or

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