Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

No Shame On U will screen ‘Angst,’ a documentary film designed to raise awareness around anxiety.

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.

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Sunday, February 10

The Sisterhood of Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette will host its semi-annual Rummage and Book Sale on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.  Featuring quality merchandise including housewares, collectibles, artwork, clothing, jewelry, furniture, toys and much more.  Proceeds from the event will enable the Sisterhood to continue its many community wide charitable endeavors.

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

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.

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.

Monday, February 25

No Shame On U will screen ‘Angst,’ a documentary film designed to raise awareness around anxiety at 6:30 p.m. See interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a special interview with Michael Phelps. The goal of the screening is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help.  Appropriate for ages 10 and up.  Ida Crown Jewish Academy, 8233 Central Park Ave,, Skokie.  Snacks will be served. Dietary Laws observed. General Admission: $10; Students: $5. Registration:

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

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 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

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

Sunday, March 17

Three speakers with opposing viewpoints will discuss immigration when Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadershippresents its 2nd Annual Critical Conversations program, at 4 p.m. Scheduled to participate are former New Mexico GovernorBill 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 

Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a Purim Carnival from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Fun for all ages including arts & crafts, face painting, young family area, games, food, and don’t forget to wear your costume. No entrance fee – 10 shekels (tickets) for $5 for games, food, etc.  3433 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, 847-498-5352.

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 or phone 312-666-0100.

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