Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, March 30

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents “A Fun Evening of Bunco,” sponsored by Sisterhood of TBI. 6 p.m. dinner and game.  Costs for the evening are $25 per adult (over 21 please). Contact 847-675-0951 or visit

Sunday, March 31

“Why Jews Do Not Believe in Jesus,” will be hosted by the Adult Education Committee of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation,4500 Dempster, Skokie, at 10:15 am.  Speaker will be Rabbi Barry Friedman, who has taught about Judaism and the Jewish experience for more than 30 years. Fee for the program is $5 for members of the congregation and $8 for non-members and at-the-door. A light breakfast will be served. For reservations or for further information, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

Wednesday, April 3

The Seventh Annual Passover Women’s Seder, “G-d’s Outstretched Arm – and Ours,” hosted by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, will be held at 7:30 pm. The Seder will be led by Rebbetzin Julie Weill. Cost is $12 for Sisterhood members.  Non-members pay $15 as well as those who come in at-the-door. Dessert will be served. For information or for reservations, contact the office of the synagogue at 847-675-4141.

Thursday, April 4

Congregation Beth Judea (Corner of Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road, Long Grove,
Illinois) welcomes women of the community at 6 p.m. to a Broadway themed Seder to celebrate Passover and raise money for Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS.  Cost is $30/person.  RSVP and further information can be found at or Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.

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.

Continuum Theater and The Jewish Plays Project present scenes from new Jewish plays competing to be named Best Jewish Play of 2019. Featured: a romantic comedy about and interfaith relationship and plays with Jewish LGBTQ themes and Passover. 2:30 p.m. at The Noyes Street Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston.  Tickets $21.69.  Purchase online: or by phone at: (800) 831-3006, ext. 1. 

Monday, April 8

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University will present ‘Nicole Krauss: A Literary Conversation’ at 7 Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. Krauss, one of the most important Jewish American novelists writing today, is the author,  most recently, of “Forest Dark” (2017), which takes place in Tel Aviv, with two protagonists on spiritual quests to free themselves from their respective obsessions. For more information, call Nancy Gelman at (847) 491-2612.

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

Wednesday, April 24

Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood (Corner of Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road,
Long Grove, Illinois) welcomes the community at 8 p.m. to a presentation and on Jewish Genetics. Becca Bakal from The Norton and Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics will speak on what you can do to understand how to keep yourself and your family healthy. Everything from BRCA, Tay-Sachs and beyond will be discussed.  There is no cost for this event.  RSVP and further information can be found at or Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.

Sunday, May 19

Composer-soprano Patrice Michaels performs songs from her new album Notorious RBG in Song (Cedille Records, 2018) at 2 p.m. at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Through a one-act dramatic concert, Michaels will bring to the stage music and stories exploring the life and work of US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an equal rights advocate who has become a pop-culture icon known to fans as Notorious RBG, a wry nod to fellow Brooklynite, rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Michaels is the daughter-in-law of Justice Ginsburg.   Her son, Cedille Records founder James Ginsburg, will participate in a Q&A following the concert, which runs 75 minutes with no intermission. Tickets, priced at $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students), are available for purchase online at

Mah Jongg Madness & Games Galore to celebrate Temple Jeremiah’s 60th anniversary. 1-4 p.m. Bring your foursome, along with your own Mah Jongg set, cards, etc. needed to play. Tables, chairs and plenty of refreshments will be provided. $18 suggested donation per person. Contact Lori Kash at or 847/612-4998.

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