Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Nefesh Mountain will perform at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation's 8th Annual Gassel Concert.

Saturday, March 2

Nefesh Mountain will perform at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation’s 8th Annual Gassel Concert. Musicians Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg bring together their Jewish heritage and love of American Bluegrass in songs that are soulful and “refreshingly eclectic,” according to Rolling Stone. People of all ages are invited to dance and sing along. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. at JRC, 303 Dodge Ave., Evanston. A cash bar will be available for non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Adults: $30 early bird tickets; $40 after Feb. 25. Youth/Students (ages 5-22): $15 early bird tickets; $25 after Feb. 25. Children 4 and under: free. For tickets, go to

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.

Wednesday, March 6

An afternoon of Jewish stories and folk-tales will highlight “Tales From the Jewish Tradition,” a luncheon and program, hosted by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. Storyteller and teaching artist, Susan Stone, will tell charming tales as well as personal narratives, all in the Jewish tradition.  Cost for the program and luncheon is $20 for Sisterhood members and $25 for non-members and at-the-door. For further information, call 847-675-4141 or go to the website at

Thursday, March 7

Sharsheret, an organization dedicated to addressing the needs of women and families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast and ovarian cancer, will celebrate the official opening of its regional office in Illinois, at a private home in Skokie.  For more information and to attend the launch party, visit or contact Eve Kleinerman at or 312.767.2045.

Saturday, March 9

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents Havdalah and A Movie featuring “Arranged,” which centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year, they learn they share much in common – not least of which is that they are both going through  the process of arranged marriages. A deli dinner at 6 p.m. for a fee of $10 per person.  The film starts at 7 and is free to attend. For more information or reserve your dinner, call 847-675-0951 or visit

‘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: $36, purchased by Feb. 28 and $42 thereafter. Call 847-256-1213 or contact

Scott Rogowsky, host of the mobile game show HQ Trivia, will serve as the special guest host of Midwest NCSY’s Q. Rabbi Yehuda and Mashi Polstein, and Levi and Alissa Zeffren, will receive the  Avodas Hakodesh Award.  3412 W. Touhy Avenue in Skokie. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the game begins at 8 p.m., with a buffet dinner following. For information or tickets, visit

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.

Wednesday, March 27

Madraigos will hold its 10th anniversary dinner ‘Celebrating the Past, Acknowledging the Present, Transforming the Future,’ recognizing Shua Ray and Nachy Shabbat and presenting the Rabbinic Visionary Award to Rabbi Chaim Twerski. The Westin Chicago North Shore – Wheeling. 6 p.m.  $150. For reservations, go to

Thursday, March 28

Debbie Sue Goodman will present ‘An Evening of Comedy & Music’ at Rock House, 1742 Glenview Rd. in Glenview. 7 p.m. No cover charge. Call 224-616-3062 or go to

Sunday, April 7

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation presents a concert fundraiser, ‘Building Harmonies Together’ featuring Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, SHIFT Englewood Youth and Jr. Klezmer Orchestras, Cantor Pavel Roytman and BHBE Academy students. 4 p.m. at BHBE Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. General Admission $18  Sponsorship Tickets available. 847-256-1213.

“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.

Sunday, April 14

“Jewish Hidden Treasures” with Arthur Feldman. Is that Judaica item in your attic a trinket or a treasure? Have your items professionally appraised and learn their historical significance.  2-4 p.m. at the BJE Campus, 3320 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Register at or contact Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 ext. 1304 or

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