Events Coming Up in Jewish Chicago

Northwestern University will host an expert panel of Israeli professors and media authorities to explore the upcoming Israeli elections.

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

Wednesday, March 13

Northwestern University will host an expert panel of Israeli professors and media authorities to explore the upcoming Israeli elections. The panel discussion, “Israel at a Crossroad? Electoral Politics in a Divided Nation,” is sponsored by Northwestern’s Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. It will take place at 7 p.m. at McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies Elie Rekhess will both speak on the panel and moderate the discussion.

The true story of survival of a Polish family during World War II,from the book “We Were The Lucky Ones,” will be the topic of a discussion hosted by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie, starting at 10:30 am. The program is free. For reservations or for further information, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

Saturday, March 16

Makom Shalom will hold a night of entertainment and festivities. The event will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Makom Shalom, Chicago’s original and only Jewish Renewal congregation, as well as a celebration of its founding rabbi and current spiritual leader. Rabbi Allen Secher, the founder of Makom Shalom, will share his stories. Rabbi Michael Davis will present a serenade of popular show tunes. Charlene Brooks will perform swing, Yiddish, Latin, and Broadway music. 7 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago. Tickets for adults are $50 and there will be no charge for children twelve and under. For more information contact (224) 326-3883.

Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie, will present a laugh-filled musical Purim Shpiel entitled  “Young Esther Stein – A Not-So-Scary Purim Parody,” a take-off on the movie “Young Frankenstein,” and much more. The Shpiel will be presented for two weekends in March starting Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., and continuing Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m., and concluding Sunday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and $10 for children under age 12 with a reservation by Thursday, March 14.  At-the-door tickets are $25 and $12. For further information or for reservations, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

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.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation Purim Carnival, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured will be games, inflatables, fun, food, Potter paraphernalia and  photo station, prizes, butterbeer, magical triangular treats and lots more.

Wednesday, March 20

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette will have a “Lil Purim” event for young families. Includes a pizza dinner. 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP – or call 847-256-1213. Following, at 6:30 p.m., Harry Potter and the reading of the Megillah – the Purim story told through Potter pics and videos, Hogwarts Dessert Bar, roaming magicians and more.

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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