Wednesday, February 6
Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living will present Michael Koplow, Israel Policy Forum’s Policy Director and a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy magazines, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Glencoe Park District Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road in Glencoe. Koplow will talk about America’s expectations for Israel, and explore how our memories, visions, and ideals of Israel fit with what we and our children see and read in the papers. The public is invited at no charge, but RSVPs are requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.ehnt.org
Saturday, February 9
‘Beyond Mogen David-a Kosher Wine Tasting Experience’ will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Am Yisrael Synagogue, 4 Happ Road, Northfield. $25 per person. RSVP: email@example.com or http://evite.me/BCM9nR5ZZ7
Wednesday, February 13
Two women of the 1930s, a mother and a daughter, faced with unthinkable choices, highlight a new book, “Modern Girls,” to be reviewed and discussed at a program offered by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., at 10:30 am. The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and sweets are served.
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 www.tbiskokie.org.
Sunday, February 17
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, will present the film ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife,’ which tells the true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, and how they rescued hundreds of Jews from the Germans by hiding them in their Warsaw zoo. After the screening, a discussion will be led by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz, faculty member, Spertus Institute and History Professor Emeritus,
Loyola University. This program will began at 2 p.m. and is offered free of charge as part of Coming Together in Skokie, a series of programs and events, with each year spotlighting a specific national, cultural or ethnic group. Polish Culture is the focus of the 2019 initiative.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-498-4100.
Tuesday, February 26
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present ‘50 Children: Rescuing the Collections’ at noon at Mesirow Financial, 353 N. Clark St., Chicago. The documentary chronicles the efforts of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus—two Americans who rescued 50 Jewish children from Vienna in the late spring of 1939. Speakers will include Paul Beller, one of the 50 children; Steve Pressman, filmmaker; and Fred Wasserman, Acquisition Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. RSVP online or by contacting the Museum’s Midwest Regional Office at 855.218.6836 or email@example.com.
Sunday, March 3
“Who Was B. Berman? A Case Study in Getting Past a Genealogical Brick Wall” is the topic of a presentation by genealogist Martin Fischer to be delivered at 7 p.m. at a Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois west suburban meeting at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville, Ill. Sign-in and networking will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-3224739 or phone 312-666-0100.
Saturday, March 9
‘Big Little Laws’ a whodunnit, will be presented by the Chicago Bar Association
and hosted by the Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Sisterhood at 8p.m. Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Tickets: $39, purchased by Feb. 28 and $42 thereafter. Call 847-256-1213 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Sunday, March 17
Three speakers with opposing viewpoints will discuss immigration when Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents its 2nd Annual Critical Conversations program, at 4 p.m. Scheduled to participate are former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, GOP strategist Ana Navarro, and CNN Senior Political Commentator Rick Santorum. Tickets are $36. VIP tickets for $100 include VIP seating and a post-program reception with the speakers. Spertus Institute is located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets are on sale now, online by credit card only, at spertus.edu/conversation.
Sunday, April 7
“Resurrecting Grandpa’s Store” is the topic of a presentation by genealogist Scott Meyer to be delivered at 7 p.m. at a Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois west suburban meeting at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville, Ill. Sign-in and networking will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-3227349 or phone 312-666-0100.